Storage Containers for Piping Tips
Why am I telling you about storage containers for piping tips? Well, are you going to Cookie Con in November? Are you taking your piping tips? I take my tips and decorating supplies with me when I go on vacation. I want to show you the containers I use to keep my tips from getting damaged. My kids are gown and my husband goes to bed early so, I sit quietly at the kitchen table and make a few sets of cookies without interruptions while listening to the ocean waves crash on the shore. It is wonderful! My only concern taking my supplies with me is messing up my PME tips during the long drive. I don’t want them to get bent or smooched because those bad boys are not cheap. They are almost $5 a tip! I have a cleaver way to transport them so they don’t get damaged.
Can you tell what they are made out of? Medicine bottles! I know you probably think I am crazy but, they are the perfect size storage containers for piping tips! The best part is you can make them fun, cute, wild or simple. The sky is the limit on these little babies!
Well, maybe the best part is putting numbers on top so you will know what size tip is inside! No more guessing where that #0 tip is because it has it’s own container with a big ole number on top so you can see it!
I love it when I am organized!!! I also love it when my tips don’t get smashed!!! I am not going to do a step-by-step photo tutorial on this because it was so simple. Just make sure your tips are dry before you store them. Wilton tips will get really icky if you put them up wet.
- First, you have to remove the sticky labels. I pulled them off and soaked the bottles in rubbing alcohol over night or 2 nights for some really sticky ones.
- Then, I rubbed the remainder of the glue off and washed them really well with soap and water and let them dry.
- Next, I spray painted my bottles and let them dry for a few days.
- When they were good and dry put cute little stickers on them. Easy Peasy!!
Now before I get emails saying spray paint isn’t food safe, I didn’t paint the inside. I put the bottles upside down when I painted them so no paint would get inside. They are still food safe! But if you are worried about that, don’t paint them, just add stickers.
Do you want to know how many tips it will hold? Mine holds 11 but, not all medicine bottles are created equally as you can see. I had a really big bottle that worked great for my big cupcake tip. Now, even when it is in the cabinet, it won’t get bent!
So what do you do if you don’t take medicine? I went to my local drug store and told the nice lady that I wanted to use the bottles for storing my piping tips and asked her for 3 and she gave them to me. FREE!! I don’t know if your drug store lady will be that nice but, you can try. If you can’t get them from the nice lady, ask your mother-in-law, your father-in-law, your neighbor, or Santa! You NEED them!! Your piping tips welfare depends on it!!!
PS- They also make good little banks! Mine will hold $8.75 worth of quarters. When 2 or 3 of them get full, I order more cookie supplies! It really is good medicine!!!!
I hope to see you and your cute little containers at Cookie Con in November! I can’t wait to see how you decorate yours!
This is such a fabulous idea! You always have such wonderful tips – no pun intended 🙂
I like the pun Jennifer:)
Wow, great idea and so darn cute!! Though I am afraid that if I made them that cute my 3 year old niece would steal them from me and I would be wondering were my tips are!
Good thing the lids are child resistant! LOL
Wow, what a great ideal!! Thank you for always sharing your talents with us. We love and appreciate all the tutorials, tips and just the postive vibe you present each and every time you post.
You are so sweet Brendag! You have no idea how good you just made me feel!! I really enjoy blogging ’cause I get to meet nice people like you!!!
could you be any more creative??? that’s awesome Now everyone at Cookicon is going to carrying drug bottles everywhere LOL
I know everyone is way more creative than me so I can’t wait to see how everyone decorates them! 😉
I won’t be at cookie con this year….but hopefully there will be one next year and I’ll be able to leave all my
Kiddos behind and get my cookie education on 🙂
As for the tip holder…. I LOVE IT!!!! I love recycling or upcycling old items into something new, fresh and fabulous ( As well as purposeful) you are so full of great ideas!!!!
I wish you were going to CookieCon! It want to meet you! I am not sure if there will be one next year but, if there is, I hope we both can go!
If you have any great up-cycle tips or challenges, email them to me. I would love to share!
Love the idea! As a teacher, I’m always looking at things that could have another use and NEVER through containers away- someday they’ll come in handy for something!
My daughter is going to be a teacher and is doing her internship this semester. I am so thankful for wonderful teachers who chose to help children become whatever they want! THANK YOU for giving!!!!!
Fun and functional! Thanks, Marian
Thank you Marian!
They really make cute containers. My husband is on 18 different medicines. Go figure that none of the prescriptions come in this type of bottle.
Maybe your nice pharmacy lady will give you some! I didn’t think mine would but I finally got brave enough to ask and she said, “Sure” and threw them in my bag! 😉 Hope you get some!
Fabulous post! I love the idea 🙂
Thanks Johnna! I like knowing what container my tips are in without having to look at them all! It saves so much time:)
Your containers came out so pretty! I need to start playin with spray paint!
I love spray paint Janine. I have a really fun fall project planned! Hope you stop back by. I think you’ll like it! 😉
Can’t wait to see it! I follow your blog regularly so I won’t miss it!
You are a creative genius! love the idea and shared on our fb page
Awe Thanks Anu! You just made my day!!
I am in love!!! I want you to make me some!!! (lazy girl)
If you make some I want to see them! I might have to steal them at CookieCon! I know they will be awesome!!!
Oh Lisa – I really needed an excuse to take a few drugs – I think this is it! 🙂 Wonderful idea!
Lisa where did you get the numbers? I think they are super cute! I love your tutorials!!
Hey Tiffany! I got the numbers in the scrapbook isle of a local store. I am sure you can get them at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s.
What a great idea! Another project for my list!!!
Can I ask if you a certain paint…maybe the kind for plastic – like Krylon?? (do they come in small bottles)
Thanks so much for posting.
Hi Kim! I used some paint I had around the house and the can said it was for plastic. Since you are not spraying the inside you can use any brand you want. I do however, like and use Krylon for many of my projects.
Thanks Lisa! Yeah, I wasn’t sure if any paint would stick. I am going to try it this coming weekend. I love the colors (and stickers) you used.
So awesome. I never have a place for them. My hubby has Lyme disease. We have sooooo many pill bottles that I can buy enough tips for a long time.
Such a brilliant idea!! I wish I hadnt thrown out the two gallon bags full of pill bottles now…lol my hubby takes meds and I was saving them for awhile. but I hadnt figured what to do with them… now I see how many things that can be dine…. I never thought about painting them!!! Wow excellent idea!!! I hate trying to read those numbers on the tips. This will save me lots of time. !!! You just gave me an idea! You can decorate them to fill with goodies to put into the kids christmas stockings wrapped in festive paper, or how about in easter baskets too!!! YOU ARE BRILLIANT !!!! thanks !! I will start saving them again!!!
I just stumbled upon this post. What a fantastic idea. I have those Wilton storage containers but you can’t tell what the tip size is unless you open the container and pick up the tip to find the one you want for piping or flooding. Thanks for sharing. ……..and I love how you decorated them! So cute!
I just started doing this with the bottles from my husband’s glucose test strips just a few weeks ago. I would think that the M&M bottles would also work
What a good idea Debbie! I like the idea of M&M bottles! Thanks for the idea! 🙂
Where did you find those cute stickers! Are they individual stickers? They look like one sticker that wraps around the entire bottle. I love this!!!
I got them at the Scrapbook Superstore in Sevierville, Tn. Here is the link to their site: http://www.yourscrapbookstore.com/
I don’t look at the website much because it’s a local store for me. I hope you find something cute!!!