DIY Science Flask S&P shakers


Science Flask S&amp ;p


I have always had a fascination with salt and pepper shakers.

I have always had a fascination with science glass.

I combined the two. I feel like I invented the peanut butter cup.


Science Flask S&amp ;P2


Total Cost – $3

I found the flasks at a junk store.

I found the wine cork in my junk drawer.


Basically I’m making something here out of a bunch of junk.

The flasks cost $1.50 each.


1. Place your cork in a vice to hold it steady. Cut through it with a hacksaw. This will make a cleaner cut than trying to use a knife. Make each piece of cork long enough to fit tightly in the neck of the flask while still leaving enough on the outside of the neck so you can grab it to remove it when you need to refill the shaker. Mine are each around 1/2 “.

2. Salt Shaker: Using an electric drill fitted with a 7/64 drill bit, drill a series of holes into one of the corks.

3. Pepper Shaker: Using an electric drill fitted with a 5/32 drill bit, drill a single hole in the centre of the cork.

4.  Start shaking.


You need to real use cork. The kind the beautiful country Portugal provides us with. You can’t use the weird, sudo cork stuff that’s kind of rubbery because when you try to drill holes in it the material it’s made of just sort of pushes away as opposed to drilling out.  It just doesn’t work so don’t bother trying.

I know there’s one of you out there who’s going to try.  I know that.  I’m O.K. with it, but you’ve been warned.

I think I’m going to have a much more difficult time creating something out of my other two loves.  Chipmunks and bacon.

note: These are brand new flasks purchased from a store that sells unusual things, NOT used things.


  1. toekneetoni says:

    Cute. Not as cute as the piggies, but cute. Very green and innovative of you.

  2. Tracie says:

    Well, my being late commenting on your last post, just made me early at your current post. Fancy that! Those are some seriously cute salt & pepper shakers. I’m kind of surprised that you have so many holes in the salt and only one in the pepper though. Just saying….

  3. Cathy Reeves says:

    cool. I love to go to the American Science and Surplus store when we go to Chicago. Look em up and browse the catalog. If you are ever in Chi town, pay a visit. Loads of oddities—eye charts, tons of flasks, Bunsen burners, test tubes…..

  4. Marti says:

    You did not invent the PB cup. How could you…. You couldn’t tell me how to fix my tomato-growing problem, much less come up with the most perfectly delicious taste treat ever!

    You did however introduce me to Szechuan carrot soup, for which I am eternally grateful!

  5. Seadee says:

    Off to find some weird, pseudo-cork to drill just to satisfy my curiosity….

    Very cute, and clever.

  6. Jcrn says:

    Trying to think of how to adapt these for oil and vinegar. Love them!

  7. qtpuh2tme says:

    Chipmunks and bacon … stew! ~;0)

  8. Maureen Locke says:

    super cute, but why so many holes in the salt shaker??
    The chipmunk and bacon comment brought so many wrong images to mind. Feeling a bit nauseous now….
    Happy Hump Day 🙂

  9. Susan Dulley says:

    Well, it’s morning again and you have been creative…again…Love the Shakers…I agree that when you use Scientific Equipment in the kitchen it just adds that little bit of diabolical Mad Scientist flavor to the food! Most of what I cook is an experiment anyway, why not make it fun? Again, love the Shakers…great idea!

  10. Bre Quantrill says:

    These are awesome! I thought you were going to say that you found your cork in a bottle of wine. I think that’s where most of us will find ours. Heck, I might even get a bottle to celebrate your very cool idea! What’s the best pairing with peanut butter and chocolate?

  11. Louise says:

    Oh, *I* can think of something to make out of chipmunks and bacon! And you could season it with those very cute salt and pepper shakers! 😉

  12. Tigersmom says:

    I think I have a recipe for bacon wrapped chipmunk.

  13. Johan says:

    ..bacon wrapped chipmunk loins?

  14. Carol says:

    My gawd, you are funny! Chipmunks and bacon, ha,ha!!!!

  15. jules says:

    cute! You are always thinking- love em!

  16. Ann says:

    My fav S&P shakers once led life as vinegar bottles. Most of you have seen the brand of vinegar at the store that comes in the small green bottles with the round bulbous part at the bottom and then a narrow neck. These are the semi-gourmet vinegars such as red wine, white wine, ect. They have a screw on cap that when taken off also has a plug in the neck that already has 3 small holes for the vinegar to shake out thru. So when I am done with each bottle, I soak the labels off, wash and dry, then fill with salt, pepper, season salt. I also save extras and fill them as small hostess gifts. They are pretty, large, work extremely well and are great when you need a large shaker such as buy the stove.

    And BTW-I am also in love with scientific glass. Just never called it that!! One of my first jobs was in a university chemistry stock room where we gathered all the equipment and chemicals each professor needed to teach any particular class. I just loved travelling up and down each aisle in this big place, looking at all the cool glassware and colorful chemicals. Many of which would have killed you dead!

  17. Deb J says:

    Very cute. I’m a fan of science glass too. As to the chipmunks and bacon, haven’t some states recently made taking your road kill home and cooking it legal? And there are cookbooks. Just sayin’.

  18. Susan Gonzalez says:

    Those are cute but I am still lusting after those little pigs. I knew I wouldn’t win but I wanted to buy some. Hints?

  19. Melissa Leach says:

    I want to challenge you to come up with something using chipmonks, preferbly live chipmonks. We don’t want to harm any animals in the process…just sayin’.

  20. Awesome… now to steal from hubby’s wine-making supplies…

  21. Jacqui says:

    Those are Erlenmeyer flasks. You know, so you sound all science-y when you use them. Now you need a beaker coffee cup to go with them. The science centre in Calgary sells those so you won’t have to try making it.

    I bought magic wand salt and pepper shakers a while ago which have been a big hit. I love waving a wand and making my food taste better!

  22. Shel says:

    Love ’em! And my chemistry lovin’ science nerd daughter will too! Thanks for the great idea.

  23. Tracy says:

    Combines two of my favorite loves, too: Science glass and eating. What a great idea.

  24. Theresa says:

    Love them! I’ll keep this in mind if I can find the flasks. 🙂

  25. Keelea L says:

    Hello, bacon wrapped chipmunk.

  26. Gaby says:

    Well, drill bits won’t work on rubber corks. But if you have cork borer it would. It’s used it chemistry lab to make holes to insert glass tubing through.

  27. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Very nice!!

  28. kate-v says:

    I’ve always liked all kinds of lab glass – it is beautiful because it’s glass and it is many forms Using beautiful glass for these salt and pepper shakers is a good idea. I guess I would add just one comment/caveat — like OMG! what are you thinking?! Lab glass gets to hold all kinds of “stuff”, but usually nothing to which you would want to “do stuff”. how did you actually clean those flasks that you don’t know what substance was put or stored there?! Ack!

    • Karen says:

      Hi kate-v! The flasks are brand new. They didn’t come from a second hand store, just a store that sells all kinds of unusual things. ~ karen!

      • kate-v says:

        Thank Goodness!!

        • Merrilee says:

          I’m so glad you asked this…I’m a microbiologist and I didn’t want to be a downer and say, hey that could be toxic! Now I can sleep at night knowing they were new 🙂
          PS, test tubes in an old wooden test tube rack to hold flowers, supercute!

      • ally says:

        And for those of us that live relatively close, what/where is that quirky store? please?

  29. Lynne says:

    Those are to DIYe for!!! They would go great with my lighbulb salt and pepper shakers! I need to find a science equipment supply store in Ottawa now!

    Keep up the great work and inspiration!

  30. Susan says:

    Very clever. I’ll be on the lookout for some of those. My husband, the biochemist, would probably get a chuckle out of using some salt and pepper shakers that look like those.

  31. So funny, my husband just bought a bunch of old labware from the University of Iowa surplus sale this past weekend. Why? Because…science! Ours is going towards home decor, not food…I was a bio major, I know what goes in those things, and I don’t want any of that on (or in) me 😉 Our bathroom’s gonna be pretty geek chic, though.

  32. Gale says:

    For Jcrn who wants to adapt the flasks for oil and vinegar. I found pour spouts from the Olive Oil and Vinegar store with corks. That could work.

  33. Tigersmom says:

    For all of you science lovers out there, here is a link to some very cool lighting using test tubes.

    Ok – you may have to copy and paste as I am technologically challenged or as I sometimes prefer to say, “My gifts lie elsewhere.”

    • Denise Leavens says:

      Thank you Tigersmom!

      I have found what I want for Christmas! And I am not a science lover per se, just a lover of beautiful things. I figure the double chandelier will cost us $300, including shipping. Now, to convince my sweetheart this is to be!

  34. I love your blog too!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Shauna says:

    LOVE! You are (once again) brilliant!

  36. Jeannette says:

    I had to laugh when I saw your S &P shakers. They reminded me of the ones my dad made when I came home from college with my new boyfriend. There, on the dinner table, were two “new” shakers made from Arrid anti-perspirant bottles! I felt like disappearing into the floor! My dad has been gone for years now, I have been married to that boyfriend for 45 years now, and I still have one of those shakers. Thanks for the reminder, Karen.

  37. what junk shop is this? do they have more?

  38. Peg says:

    i love science glass your idea!!

  39. Amie Mason says:

    I have a huge set of glass beakers – I use them for floral arrangement & storing liquid detergent. I love them! Nice idea

  40. Jan says:

    I can’t tell you how much my science geek self loves these! I’m definitely going to make these. I’ve been unsuccessfully looking for new S&P shakers that speak to me – but these definitely do!

  41. What a great idea! This would make a perfect Christmas gift for my SIL who’s a science teacher!

  42. Greer says:

    Bacon wrapped chipmunks. Just saying.

  43. FlagirlinTN says:

    As a molecular biologist I approve!

  44. nancy says:

    WOW, these are stellar! I LOVE them, truly.

  45. Kaelie says:

    what junk store?

  46. TradeWindsStore says:

    These are so cute and clever. We absolutely love them. Looks like a fun weekend craft project. Thanks for sharing.

  47. Pati says:

    Please do not use used flasks or corks in the kitchen. I hope your “junk store” find was never used in a lab. Otherwise, great idea” I know a few fellow STEM geeks who will appreciate these. I even have a few tiny flasks from American Science and Surplus that I could not resist.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Pati – Somewhere up above the whole “used” flask thing is addressed. Not to worry. And the junk store is a junk store but not a second hand store so it’s all new stuff. 🙂 ~ karen!

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