Introduction: The 5 Cent "Blistex" Container.

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Make a little airtight container from an empty soda/water bottle and a nickel.

Step 1: What It Is -

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A small, air-tight container.

What's it for?

You put stuff in it.

Step 2: What You Need.

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glue gun
empty soda/water bottle
Knife or razor blade
Dremel, for touching up the saw cut
not pictured - a clothes iron is nice, but not necessary
a US 5 cent piece, otherwise known as a nickel

Step 3: Prepping the Bottle

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First, plug in the glue gun. You want the glue to be hot as possible when the time comes.

Now, use the knife to remove the little plastic strip around the bottle neck.

Step 4: Cutting

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Using your saw, cut the bottle neck at the spot that the plastic strip used to be.

Step 5: Finish With Dremel

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Here is the finished piece. I used a Dremel with the tungsten carbide tip in order to even out the saw cut. I find the easiest way to do this is to place onto a flat surface and rotate while holding the dremel bit against the piece.

I left a very slight raised "ridge." I find this makes it easier to use.

Step 6: The Nickel

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Now place the piece onto a flat surface. If you have a clothes iron, you can use it to heat up the nickel. Here comes the real magic. Put the nickel in.. It's a perfect fit!

Step 7: Gluing

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Now squeeze out a good gob of glue onto the nickel. Don't get glue on the sides of the bottle neck! This will only cause a disgraceful mess. Get it onto the hot nickel, and it will flow in an even layer. Make sure you get enough glue the first time... don't add more glue later, or it won't be an even surface.

If you mess up.. like I just did... then you can place the whole shebang on top of your overturned clothes iron at medium heat. Don't use the highest setting, like I did... I just found out that the plastic turns white when it gets too hot! :)

Step 8: The Cap

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To make the container easier to open/close, you may want to remove a little bit of the lid. I chose to remove the very edge of the lid, as it is flared out, and it is a bit obstructive.

Step 9: Fini

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njames8 (author)2013-05-19

Made one of these to store exploding air rifle pellets in !

cody.lomas (author)2013-02-11

gatorade bottles work great just need two bottles

pharmapre (author)2012-02-28

I best of performance to rich high level or increase the score or growth. A best awesome.


kjones34 (author)2011-10-13

ve tried both blistex and nivea and nothing else helps me with chapped lips but blistex! :) Aquaphor works really well too for seriously dry lips, just dont know if its available here

Mr. Smart Kid (author)2007-01-23

not blistex, carmex DUH

hintss (author)Mr. Smart Kid2009-11-11

hacker friends with geek?

sharlston (author)2009-10-19

hey could you cut it where the thread is then put 2 caps on it 1 on the bottom and 1 in the top?

visions (author)2009-04-17

These little containers would be great for storing little seed beads in. :)

thebluemartyr (author)2008-09-10

i saw this instructable about a year ago, and iv been using it ever since to keep pellets, small parts, and money in. one of my favorites! great idea.

klee27x (author)thebluemartyr2008-11-24

Thanks for the comment! It's nice of you to come back a year later for a seasoned review!

pyro13 (author)2008-04-19

My first thought after seeing this was, "awsome i gotta make one!" my second was " can anybody say stash can?"

Dyer13 (author)2007-07-23

I found a different way of creating the same thing. If you take one water bottle, and cut the bottle below the cap, right where it starts to flare out from the neck. Then take a cap from another bottle, and force it on the small piece of the water bottle you just cut off. Sometimes they screw on, sometimes you have to hammer them on. Then just twist a second cap on the thread it on. You have yourself a small container about the same size as instructed above, only no hot glue, no iron, and no 5 cents. I don't know if it is exactly airtight, but if you are actually using it for screws, etc and not some other "substances," it doesn't have to be airtight.

retro-redux (author)2007-02-14

this is a great recycling project and would make great containers for crafters with lots of different bits and beads. If you don't want to possibly ruin your wifes iron I bet one of those lil coffee mug hot plates or even one of those potpourri crock pots could work? A question though-so after you heat it up, add the glue on the iron-do you take it off still warm or let it completely cool on the iron?

klee27x (author)retro-redux2007-06-24

No.. after the nickel is hot, just put it inside the bottle neck, on top of a flat work surface. Then squeeze out the hot melt glue onto the nickel. It will flow across the top of the nickel and onto the sides of the bottle neck.

TheDarkNinja (author)2007-03-07

I cant believe u used a buffalo nickle for one of those. I have not seen one of those in many years!

klee27x (author)TheDarkNinja2007-03-08

! They did a remint of the buffalo in like 2000, or something. This isn't an original buffalo nickel!

ninjaman (author)klee27x2007-03-16

Yeah you're right... but wouldn't it be better to use a round piece of metal that isn't a nickel?

klee27x (author)ninjaman2007-06-24

Only if you have one in your pocket, and it costs less than 5 cents??

hack124x768 (author)2007-01-23

I think I'll try this, but I'm using superglue. Ill post pics in about 10 minutes. (gotta go find me a nickel!)

hack124x768 (author)hack124x7682007-01-23

Note to self: Don't use superglue. I'll let you know how it works after It dries.

hack124x768 (author)hack124x7682007-01-26

Works great! Thanks for the idea.

berky93 (author)hack124x7682007-03-29

wait - so superglue works? im confused

klee27x (author)hack124x7682007-01-27

Wow, has it taken you 4 days to make this? LOL. ;) Glad you like it!

Jural (author)2007-03-21

Awesome project. You probably could use the knockout plugs from construction site outlet boxes. That is if you are making several. I agree that the nickel is much more elegant though.

stone3408 (author)2007-01-21

I not so sure about the blistex but, this is a great idea! This could be a great case for other projects. I'm looking through the trash now to find a bottle!

PSPerson (author)stone34082007-03-20

blistex is a lip balm or a type of chapstick or carmex. you can buy blistex in little containers remotely similar to the ones he made

klee27x (author)stone34082007-01-21

Yeah, Stone.. you could, uh, put your weed in it. lol.

LeEk_LoVeR (author)klee27x2007-02-03

LoL... It's quite small though... :-)

The LED Cat (author)2007-02-16

HEHE Neat! :-)

Drumboy410 (author)2007-01-24
try putting the glue on the bottom of the cap, and get more space inside :) 
shadymilkman (author)2007-01-24

if you use an iron, to prevent a mess you could put aluminum foil over it. pretty interesting project.

xrobevansx (author)2007-01-21

I like it, but.....Blistex is like a dollar. And you get Blistex. Then you have an empty container. For free. And way less time/energy.

Andrew546 (author)xrobevansx2007-01-21

but thats boring

xrobevansx (author)Andrew5462007-01-21

true. I like the epoxy idea too. Screw the nickle. Although it does add a nice touch.

klee27x (author)xrobevansx2007-01-21

Epoxy would be great - to adhere the nickel. The kind of expoxy you get at the store is a very strong adhesive, but you would have to make a very thick layer to get any type of durability - perhaps a layer about as thick as a nickel? And what are you going to have on the bottom that will be perfectly round and won't increase the production time? The nickel fits perfectly. It's part of the divine plan.

jtobako (author)klee27x2007-01-24

how about a little piece of the side of the bottle? (it worked, epoxy then trim) and, how are you going to mix up less than a nickle's thickness of epoxy? if you can manage that, you are much better than i am with those double syringes.

klee27x (author)xrobevansx2007-01-21

Less time and energy? Energy, maybe. But time? Let's see - to store: 10 minutes wait in line: 10 minutes get back home: 10 minutes use up Blistex: 2-3 years. Ohh, wait... I think you lose Unless... you make another even faster and easier container in which to put your Blistex!!?? :)

Mr. Smart Kid (author)2007-01-23

not blistex "carmex"

Jezza Bear (author)2007-01-21

Great idea, although my wife maybe a little upset with me puttling it on an iron to seal :0). I think I will go with jtobako's idea of epoxy. Thanks for the idea

jtobako (author)2007-01-21

nice. i used epoxy instead on the bottom to make an ink well for caligraphy.

SirGrok (author)2007-01-21


xuper (author)2007-01-21

Sweet instructable. Gota try this out when i next get a bottle.

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