Wednesday, May 9, 2012

My Strange, Upcycled Faux Bamboo Vase.

A faux bamboo vase.  What do you think?


I know you deduced what I used:


I have a humongous collection of these things, and have been working on cute ways to use them craftily.



Wanna make the vase?  Here's the simple DIY!

I discovered the nut of this idea by accident.  Playing around with these Rx bottles one day, I found that they nest into each other with a little physical force.  May require you to say "Oof!" while squishing them together.


Once they're nested, they are surprisingly secure!  The action creates a vacuum seal (doncha love science?) and they will stay put quite well until you pop them apart.


Now let's make the vase!

Decide how many Rx bottles tall you want it to be.  Drill flower-stem-sized holes in all but one bottle.


My husband suggested a good method - place the bottle upside-down on an old dowel and drill from the outside.  Worked great!


If you don't want to bother with the dowel setup, place the bottle right-side-up on a block of wood and drill from inside the bottle.  The main thing is to support the surface you're drilling.

And hey!  That's the DIY part done!  Wasn't so bad, right?

Now, fill just the bottom compartment with water.  Stack the bottles into a tower.


Add a stem or two of something minimalist...I used sprigs of an ornamental bamboo from the back yard.


Place in a sunny window.  All done!



Notice I used a taller bottle at the base of one stack.  If you group several vases, it's nice to use different-height bottles within your stack - that way, the joints are staggered for a more organic look.

There you have it - my strange upcycled faux bamboo vase.  Latest addition to my Rx bottle projects.  In case you missed it, this was the first one:


I have approximately seven hundred and fifty eight more bottles.  Still thinking!

27 comments:

  1. I totally love the bamboo look! But tell me, aren't you afraid of tipping them over?

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    1. Great question - but when you only fill the bottom bottle with water, the vase is remarkably stable!

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  2. That's such a awesome discovery - they look brilliant!

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  3. You could slice them into rings, smooth the edges and make a spiffy pseudo chain thingy. (Just thinking out loud.)

    Love the Faux Bamboo!

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  4. Love science too!

    They look cool!

    But tell me... how did you save hundreds of these bottles? I belived my stash was good but you beat me... mh... about several hundred times ^^

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  5. So creative. I never would have thought to try to attach them (love the action shot). At first glance I thought they looked like giraffes' necks because of the horses prancing nearby..just first glance. Great imagination. Will call dr for more meds! ;)

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  7. I always knew that one of these days someone would come up with a way to reinvent the plastic medicine bottle; I should have known it would be you!! CVS needs a few of these to cheer up their counter.

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  8. That is truly brilliant!! Awesome - really.

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  9. I love the way that the "bamboo" is opaque enough to let some light through! That is an added bonus, I think!

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  10. I love these. Too bad Kroger, Rite Aid and Express Scripts use different bottles (that don't stack or have the cool tops with holes). I am getting my mom to save hers from Wal*mart because they use the same bottle design. I am looking forward to more bottle upcycles!

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    1. I just made one and I will make plenty more when I get more stacking bottles. I like to give paper flowers to people and this will be the perfect vase for them. If I could still get my medicine at the store, I would transfer to Wal*mart just for the pill bottles.

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  11. That is totally clever Michelle! Such a great reuse project, and perfectly timed for when everything is coming up flowers!

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  12. Another fabulous upcycle Mich!! Love it!
    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured your Sea Anemone jewellery on my round tuit post this week!

    Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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  13. Hi Michelle, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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  14. Mich, your timing on this was impeccable! My friends and I are way into a game that involves building a bamboo farm, and her birthday is this week. When I saw this project, I forwarded it to the crew who all said, "Yes! We must make one for her!"

    Believe it or not, none of us are medicine-takers, so I had to go to the local pharmacist and ask for 4 bottles, which they generously gave me. I also had no drill. (Yes, this is the simple recycle project that requires two things, neither of which I had!) So I heated a nail (held with rubber-grip pliers over the gas stove flame) and popped it through the end of the bottle. Other than a mild smell of melted plastic, it was quick, easy, clean, and easy. And it was easy. My partner insisted on a few drops of glue for security, which I agreed to since I had to transport it.

    I popped a flower in from my garden, set it in a square vase with sand, beribboned it, stuck a balloon in the sand, and voila, it was done.

    I have pictures, if you want!

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  15. Oh my goodness, that is too cool! I also have a ton of those bottles and really don't have a use for them after the first several. That really looked like a glass bamboo vase! Brilliant!

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  16. You are just brilliant! Now I think you need a faux bamboo screen to use up the rest, and I'm sure you could even figure out how to make a folding screen, or use them in some way sort of like lincoln logs that don't interlock? Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, you've earned a feature!

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  17. This is awesome! I am going to have to save up pill bottles to make this. Thanks for sharing this with us:)

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  18. Thanks I take lots of meds and keep saving the little things. Have you seen the bottles form Puritan Pride? They come in all color really bright red, greens blue yellow any ideas?

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  19. Amazing, I applaud your creativity, seriously! now this is art, really = art from the heart, it is not always paint on a canvas- ART comes in many many forms. Again, good for you and thank you so much for sharing. I found you from creative Jewish Mom blog and now I am subscribed to your blog. Can't wait to see how you "top" this....lol.....thank you! Tom

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  20. Fantastic. Your projects are always so creative!

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  21. That is amazing! They really look like bamboo stalks! Now I'm going to have to raid the medicine cabinet (aka basket on top of the fridge) and see what I can find.

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  22. This is excellent! I had no idea from the photo that this was made from pill bottles.

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