I don’t often find “recycled” crafts ideas that strike my fancy, but two blogs--Michele Made Me and Minieco—have inspired me to take a second look at some of the “trash” I throw out. Given our recent medical adventures, we’ve been paying our local pharmacy well, and have accumulated quite the collection of empty prescription bottles. Usually I throw these out as soon as they’re empty, but I had this idea . . .
The beauty of prescription medicine bottles is that they are childproof and just the right size for little hands. After a thorough washing and drying, I prettied them up a bit with cardstock and stickers,
added interesting noisemakers inside,
(Above, left to right: barley, jingle bells, dried pasta, marble, popcorn)
screwed on the caps, and voila! Instant baby rattles or music shakers for the bigger kiddos. Now I have something handy to give FB when I want him to lay still for a diaper change (it sometimes works).
A few tips/ideas:
- As you can see in the photo above, drool can destroy these pretty quickly. I considered covering the cardstock with packing tape or clear contact paper, but I didn’t feel like wrestling either into place and I wasn’t super excited about putting more plastic in baby’s mouth.
- Cut the long edge of your paper (the part going around the bottle) with 1/2” to 3/4” extra for overlap. There is a slight bit of taper to the bottles and the overlap will help account for this.
- I didn’t do anything with the lid or bottom of the bottle as that was too fussy for me.
- Make sure bottles and lids have no cracks, etc., and close securely before letting little ones play with them. And, if you have a miniature Houdini on your hands, I’d skip them altogether!
Shake, rattle, and roll!