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Need to make a Powder Shaker
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Delmar O'Donnell

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Need to make a Powder Shaker on 05/23/2014 17:13:39 MDT Print View

I've been carrying blister powder in a poly clamshell container (guessing 1/2 oz) commonly available at REI. Short, stubby container .5" high and 1.5" wide, with attached snap-on-off lid. Problem is, I often have to apply powder in wind, which is challenging. Open that wide lid up and the powder blows away. Wish I had more of a salt-shaker approach, where I could shake powder directly onto feet and socks. Not aware of anything on the market so figure it's a MYOG project. What I'd like:

1/2-3/4 oz capacity
A shaker lid with small holes - pry it off to refill
A lid lid with no holes that seals it all up.

Does this ring any bells, seen anything like this, or can you think of a way to make it?

todd h
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: SE
Re: Need to make a Powder Shaker on 05/23/2014 17:37:33 MDT Print View

Coghlan's and Coleman sell various salt/seasoning shakers w/ lids that cover the holes.

rowan !

Locale: SF Bay Area
Salt Shaker? on 05/23/2014 17:40:42 MDT Print View

Have you ever seen those tiny salt and pepper shakers made for travel or camping? What you're describing sounds very similar.

Here's an example.

Salt and Pepper Shaker

I've seen a number of variations on this basic design in stores that sell travel accessories.

Edited by romonster on 05/23/2014 17:41:46 MDT.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Need to make a Powder Shaker on 05/23/2014 17:57:13 MDT Print View

maybe you could use the lid of a spice container and adapt it to a plastic bottle of the required size.

For example this works :
Shaker top

Delmar O'Donnell

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Small on 05/23/2014 19:13:31 MDT Print View

Small size is important, around .5 oz. Want to carry in a hip belt pocket. Most spice containers I see are around 2 oz.


> Here's an example. Salt and Pepper Shaker.

That looks to be a good size. I didn't know it existed. Thanks.

Edited by Bolster on 05/23/2014 19:14:40 MDT.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Need to make a Powder Shaker on 05/23/2014 20:44:51 MDT Print View

my suggestion was about adapting the lid of a spice container to a suitable smaller (or larger...) one.
For example my lid happens to screw on a 2 L milk container.
Flex shake 2
Flex Shake
So I cut the thread of that bottle, inserted that inside the Glad bag and screwed the spice lid on top of it .
To finish I would have to just make a hole in that Glad bag.
If the fit is not exact you could put a bit of glue around the outside of the felale (milk bottle ) thread and some inside the spice shaker lid.

Delmar O'Donnell

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Clever. on 05/23/2014 22:51:09 MDT Print View

That's clever. I never would have thought of that. Thanks!

Kate Moody

Locale: Acadia
McCormick on 05/24/2014 19:00:25 MDT Print View

I keep all of my McCormick spice bottles for various uses. The turmeric mini plastic bottle might be up your alley. Different spices have different hole diameters, next time you are at the grocery store check the spice aisle and see which one might work. You could always pour the spice in to a small ziplock to use at home. (I buy a few bottles of water every year just for the bottle, I am sure many here do the same thing too. Might as well add spices to he list :) ) . Even if it wouldn't work for your foot powder, still something to keep in mind for other uses.
I like the plastic bag approach above. I had seen something similar done, but with the top of a water bottle to make a homemade platy style thing, but for dry goods like flour or sugar.

Dan Dru
(Dandru) - F

Locale: Down Under
Re: Need to make a Powder Shaker on 05/25/2014 02:29:58 MDT Print View

Salt shaker, cut down with milk cap tightly fitted in end and then glued or taped. Pry the lid or push bottom out using screw driver through the hole in lid. Weight = 10 grams.


Delmar O'Donnell

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Good. on 05/26/2014 10:28:57 MDT Print View

That's it, Daniel. Thanks for pointing the way.

Donna Chester
(leadfoot) - M

Locale: Middle Virginia
Re: Need to make a Powder Shaker on 05/26/2014 14:48:19 MDT Print View

I have one pf these tiny shakers. Might cost more for shipping though. A friend gave me mine.

Edited by leadfoot on 05/26/2014 14:51:13 MDT.

Gordon Gray
(GordonG) - F

Locale: Front Range, CO
dual purpose on 05/28/2014 09:47:34 MDT Print View

That powder is dual purpose as well. Not only will you keep your feet nice n powdery, you can toss some in yer crack when the swamp a$$ invades!