DIY Salt and Pepper Shakers From Miniature Liquor Bottles
Hey guys if you have ever wanted to diy a unique set of salt and pepper shakers? These are adorable…and can make great handmade gifts too! If you’re a collector of little glass bottles this is the perfect way to repurpose them with panache!
A couple of years ago I made a set of salt and pepper shakers using a couple of small 2 oz Jack Daniels whiskey bottles and gifted them to my husband’s uncle for Christmas. He loved them! Now that’s a really good man cave gift idea, if you’re thinking about it.
I used what they call the “sleeping pill” size which is like 4 oz or something. If you want to make your own salt and pepper shakers this way, those cute little liquor bottles served on airplanes would work well…They are usually made of plastic; I used a bunch of them to make this cool party light set.
I prefer glass and for that you have to get those “sleeping pill” sizes, as the miniature airplane or mini-bar ones are usually plastic.
I’m demo-ing using a pair of Jaeger bottles for this salt and pepper set.
- 2 small matching bottles
- Cordless drill and very small bits
- Optional: Mod Podge
Disclaimer: You don’t actually have to go to a liquor store; you can probably find small liquor bottles at your nearest thrift or antique store. A lot of people treat these as “vintage collectibles” so they should be easy to find.
I don’t want to encourage anyone to drink to do this craft hehehe. Oh yeah, little teeny airport and travel size bottles such as those that hold shampoo or mouthwash, would also work great!
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Let’s Do This: How To DIY These Cute Salt and Pepper Shakers!
1. Step one….Wash out your empty bottles. Whether or not you want to keep the labels on is up to you; I wanted to preserve mine so I applied a coat of Mod Podge to both the front and back labels of my Jaeger bottles. If you want to remove them this post has some good advice for getting them off easily!
2. Unscrew the caps and check for one of those little protective papery liners. You can easily pry them out using a flat head screwdriver or nail file. As an optional tip, if you want to give these as gifts keep the liners (if you got them out cleanly) and after you fill up the shakers you can replace them to keep the salt and pepper from leaking out.
3. You’re going to probably need a good workstation setup. I’m using these blocks of wood here…This is a good idea if you don’t have one of those “workhorses” to keep your objects from moving around.
Using the tiniest drill bit you have on hand, make about 5-6 little holes in the middle of each bottle cap. I would use the 1.98 mm or 1.58 mm as they are the smallest in my collection.
4. Using a toothpick, run it through the little holes to give them a little definition. If the caps are plastic there may be some plastic dust pieces coming out…you will want to blow them off. (Canned air works well)
If your caps are metal (like mine) there isn’t much dust – but on the other side of the caps the holes you just made may be a little sharp and raw looking.
Turn them over and use something like an emery board to file them down.
5. Wash your bottles out again (with the caps on) so you won’t have any remaining plastic dust or metal pieces left behind that could get into the actual salt and pepper. Let them dry before filling them.
Planning to give these as gifts? You can fill them with salt and pepper to be extra nice 🙂 You may want to put the paper insert back under the caps so the ingredients won’t spill out, or if you lost the inserts, a piece of Saran wrap will work like a charm.
I eventually gifted the Jaeger shakers to my niece for Christmas 2018 – she thought they were cool -this is the set I made to keep for myself 🙂 Pretty much followed the same steps above , except I only put about three holes in the lids.
Hey that was fun wasn’t it? If you’ve got a bigger bottle collection, make several sets like this and give them as gifts! And keep one for yourself like I did – this is a great idea to add a little flair to your barware, kitchen and dining accessory collection!