Mini Storage Bottle (fits in the Pocket)




About: I am married with two children. Spring, summer, and fall are my very favorite times of the year. I enjoy working in the yard, sewing, cooking, quilting, gardening, and creating. I do this to keep my sanity.

Here is a super way to re-use clear plastic bottle tops and lids.  I have a lot of small craft supplies that I needed clear containers for.  I made this Gatorade bottle into a plastic container for my small buttons. The nifty thing about it is you can custom fit it to the item being stored and it has an easy pour spout!  I would imagine any clear bottle would work as well.  I added some embellishments to cover up the markings on the bottle to make it look nicer for this Instructable.  I also made a smaller version for pills or any tiny items. Both sizes are great to store small items in.  Both sizes will fit into a mans shirt pocket.

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Step 1: Supplies and Tools

Supplies and tools:
  • 1 Clear plastic Gatorade bottle or a similar bottle
  • 1 Piece of felt
  • 1 Small piece of cardboard
  • Marker
  • All purpose glue 
  • Scissors 
  • Rick rack
  • Buttons
  • Small craft items to put in the container when it is finished!

Step 2: Marking the Bottle

Here are pictures showing how to mark the sizes.  
A custom fit for the article being stored is a plus!  
I used a can to mark mine as shown in the picture, it worked very nicely.

Step 3: Cutting the Bottle

Instructions on how to cut the bottle:
  • Now that you have marked the size you want using a knife carefully cut around the mark following it as close as you can.
  • Trim the edges with the scissors to smooth out any uneven edges.

Step 4: Marking and Cutting the Cardboard and Felt

Marking and cutting  the cardboard and felt pieces:
  • Using the Cut bottle top as a pattern, place it onto the cardboard and draw around the base with a marker.
  • Cut out 1 cardboard circle.
  • Place the cardboard over the folded felt piece and draw around the cardboard onto the felt.
  • Cut out the 2 circles from the marked felt piece.  

Step 5: Gluing the Felt and Cardboard to the Bottle Top

Gluing the felt and cardboard:
  • Glue one of the felt pieces to the cardboard.
  • Turn it over and glue the remaining felt piece to the cardboard.  
  • Press firmly to help it stick together forming a tight seal.
  • Allow it to dry.  

Step 6: Gluing the Embellishments

Glue the embellishments if you wish to add them:
  • Glue a button to the lid.
  • Glue ribbon or rick rack to the base to cover any ugly edges.
  • Fill with small craft items!

Step 7: The Pill Bottle

For the pill bottle I cut the lid as close as I could leaving enough room to glue a piece of cardboard to.  I glued the cardboard to the bottom and I also glued a button on the bottom to make it stronger.  I added a button on the top to embellish it.  Here are the pictures of the pill bottle.

Step 8: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

I just love my new custom craft container!  It is very useful!  I need to ask my friends to save me their plastic bottles!  I rarely purchase them.  I need quite a few for my craft collection.  These were fast and easy to make.  The pill bottle is awesome as well!

Thank you for stopping by and please drop by again!  Until then . . .  .  Have a splendorous day!  

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    No offence taken. I entered because I understood hack is like using something that is different than what it was designed for. What is your def? I guess the moderator thought it was OK. But I would like to know what your def is. Thanks for commenting. Have a great Night!


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I wished I had more! I shop all the outside aisles at the store and usually don't have very many. I was dehydrated a while back and the doctor told me to buy Gatorade. I have been thinking of different ways to use the bottles and this was one of them. Thanks for commenting and please do have a splendorous day!


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you for commenting. I priced pill boxes several years ago and was surprised at how much they were. Of course I probably liked the most expensive one there. These are easy to make. Have a beautiful day.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I like these.
    My wife made something similar to the little pill bottle to hold her medicine. she used 3 little screw top makeup containers which she superglued together to make a stacked container. then she blinged up with colorful contact paper and then used ribbon on the edges. I think she got the idea from a Martha Stewert magazine. she takes medicine thruout the day at different times, so the staked jay helps her organize it.
    I like your design. sports drinks have the wide mouth which works perfectly for this.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the nice comment! I would love to see her design! I will have to go and see what Martha has on that. I like to see other versions of things. Maybe she will have something on the website. I am sure her way is a much prettier design. I made a pin cushion a while back using a similar design. It has a pin cushion on top and stores pins and buttons on the bottom. It also has a magnet to pick up dropped pins. I thought it was a cute design. Anyway thanks again and have a super day!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Cool, and if you're careful cutting the bottle top off you can still recycle the rest and make a dime.

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