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Upcycle Vitamin Bottles with Decoupage

Tracey has been writing online for over 10 years. She also is a graphical artist for social media sites. She loves writing about home life!


I have been a vitamin and supplement taker from way back. I learned this from my parents who also were. Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12. I also take some supplements like Aloe Vera and Saffron. My husband takes Cinnamon for his diabetes and Potassium for the prevention of leg cramps.

As you can see, we take quite a few pills and I found myself throwing away many of the nice bottles they come in, every month. Being the crafty/recycle person that I am, I knew there had to be a use for these nice quality bottles. I rescued a couple of them from the bathroom trash and brought them into my craft room and sat them on my table. I left them there for a week, my mind percolating ideas of what could be done with them.

I came up with several great ideas, but first you have to decorate the bottle. Instruction on doing that are below. After the bottles are decorated, there are several things you can do with them:

  1. Put pills in them! Being decorated so pretty, you can leave them out on your sink top as decorations and it will help remind you to take them.
  2. Put cotton balls or Q-Tips in them. They have pop up lids with wide mouths which make it easy to get cotton balls or q-tips out to use
  3. Keep hair ties in them. Pony tail holders, small hair clips, barrettes all fit into these bottles and are a great way to keep them tidy and easy to find.
  4. Band-aids. A great way to keep them within easy reach but still looking pretty.

I'm sure there are a lot more uses for these cute bottles. What uses can you think of?

Time required: 2 hours

Difficulty: easy

Cost: $0


  • Vitamin Bottle
  • Mod Podge
  • Picture cut outs
  • Ribbon


  • Sponge brush
  • Superglue
  • Scissors


1. Thoroughly wash your vitamin bottle inside and out and let dry. It is not necessary to remove the label.


2. Take your cut out pictures, and begin decoupaging them to the bottle. There are three ways you can do this: Make a straight edge label look with your cut outs, like the picture shown, or you can decoupage a label look with uneven edges or you can just decoupage the entire bottle.

3. Once you have arranged your pictures, brush a coat of Mod Podge over all the pictures on the bottle. Don't worry if you get some on the bottle, it dries clear. Let the bottle dry and then give it a second coat of Mod Podge.

4. Take your ribbon and tie a bow around the neck of the bottle. I would not use ribbon that is very wide as it can get in the way of using the bottle. Put a drop of superglue in the knot of the bow, so it will not become untied.

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Mod Podge

These Bottles Have All Kinds of Uses!

You can use these bottles for all kinds of things. Bobbie pins and hair barrettes, paper clips, twist ties, and many other small things. I even keep vitamins in mine, after I decorate them to match my bathroom!

An easy and inexpensive way to organize and recycle at the same time!

Do you have an idea for using vitamin bottles? Please share it with us!

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on September 04, 2018:

I take a lot of supplements and was feeling guilty about tossing the bottles. They go in the recycling, but still....

Many are very sturdy bottles, so I'm pondering how I'll use them after fancying up with decoupage.

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on February 12, 2018:

Hmm, I have a large bottle of mod podge sitting doing nothing - maybe time to put it to work?

RoadMonkey on February 12, 2018:

I have a small essential oil bottle that I was going to throw out but maybe I will try upcycling it instead of recycling!

martha061 on February 11, 2018:

I love how you decorated them. I use pill bottles for crafting beads and even seeds for our garden after I've dried them.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on February 09, 2018:

I like that you're trying to reuse these perfectly good containers and have come up with a way to make them decorative. I have hundreds of pill bottles from years of medication. Maybe I need to do something with them. Thanks for the inspiration.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 19, 2018:

I like the idea of recycling and this is one clever way to do it that has some purpose beyond the initial one.

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on January 08, 2015:

Ha, I emptied a Vitamin E bottle today and tossed it. Well, I just went a retrieved it so I can do something like this with it. I like those flip up tops for dispensing things. Thanks for the inspiration.

Charito Maranan-Montecillo from Manila, Philippines on April 08, 2014:

Innovative! Thanks for showing us what we can do with old vitamin bottles.

Linda F Correa from Spring Hill Florida on April 03, 2014:

Love this idea ! Great way tp recyle and make something pretty too

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on April 01, 2014:

This is a good idea! a great way to find another use for them!

Cheryl Fay Mikesell from Mondovi, WI on April 01, 2014:

What a great idea!

Tracey Boyer (author) from Michigan on April 01, 2014:

@Ruthi: That's a great idea!

Ruthi on April 01, 2014:

Who knew these little bottles could be so pretty? Great decoupage idea! I may do a few this way and just use them as wildflower vases throughout the year right near me here on my desk.

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