Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Soap Dispensers

I can't believe this is my 100th post! Wow, it has almost been 3 years since I started my blog journey. I didn't blog much in 2011 and 2012 and kind of wish I did. I have met so many people during my three years as a blogger and really appreciate all of the support and sweet comments. So here I go writing my 100th post. I wish I had some special giveaway to shower all of you with but I don't it's just more of me babbling.

Do you all remember my Coke bottle soap dispenser? It is Keep Calm and Decorate's most popular search and pin on Pinterest. I don't know about you but I like for the basic things I use everyday to be pretty and organized. It really isn't expensive or hard to make your things look prettier. I  thought about ways I could make my basic things look better. I hate the look of my shampoo and conditioner bottles in my shower. I saw some pretty bottles at Anthropologie this past weekend, but they are glass. Glass does not work for this mom of an almost two year old or for somebody who has butter fingers and drops everything (that would be me)!  I needed something that was made of plastic. So, I came up with this idea!


Here is what you will need to make the soap dispensers:

 * 2 - clear, plastic soap bottles (I got mine from the Dollar Tree)
* Vinyl sheets
 * A die cut machine such as a Cricut 
NOTE: You can buy vinyl lettering at any home improvement store (I would recommend the letters you use on your mailbox). It has to be something water proof. 
*A cute metal basket


Here are the two soap bottles I picked up at the Dollar Tree.

Next, you can peel the labels off. For some reason, the green bottle gave me a little attitude when trying to get the label off. You can use a little Googone or acetone nail polish remover to remove the sticky left behinds. I personally think the acetone nail polish remover works the best.

Next, I cut out the vinyl letters on my Cricut to go on the bottles. I used S for shampoo and C for Conditioner (I know brilliant, right). Hee hee! My letter size for the Cricut was 2 3/4". You can also buy vinyl letters if you don't have a die cut machine. 

I then dumped out all of the liquid that was in the soap dispensers. I know it is wasteful, but I am sorry I didn't want the soap. The great thing is that the soap was really watered down so it didn't get too sudsy when I tried to clean out the bottle. I washed it out several times until I knew the old soap was gone. I then dumped the shampoo and conditioner into the empty bottles.

After I knew the bottles were dry I added the S and the C to the bottles and put the dispenser on.

I found this cute basket  for $3.00 in the tricky dollar section at Target to put the soaps in.

Here are other soap dispensers I use around my house.  

I use the Coke bottle for hand soap and the vintage lemonade bottle for dish soap.

How do you make your basic everyday things prettier?

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  1. Happy 100th post. It is a good one, I was thinking of making new soap dispensers. I still have out my fall ones (pumpkins). Here is to your next 100 post can't wait to see what you got. Have a Happy Easter.

    Desiree @ YourCraftyFriend

  2. These are great. I have been looking at a lot of soap dispensers this week. I need one for a bathroom. BUT now I'm thinking my children need something like these for their bathrooms. thank you for the inspiration.

  3. is a great idea. with the bottles in the bathroom

  4. Love these ideas! I need something pretty like that for my shower :)

  5. Love all of these ideas, but I really like the coke bottle one. We're from Atlanta, and my SIL has a Coke decorated bathroom. This would be a super gift for her. Pinned!

    A Tossed Salad Life

  6. Good for you hitting 100 posts! That's a lot of writing! I like the idea of the plastic bottles, glass in a bathroom freaks me out! I don't have one of those cutters so I'm not sure if I could make these, but they really are cute!


  7. What a cute idea! I so need to do this because I can't read the tiny writing on my same color shampoo and conditioner bottles without my glasses on in the shower!

  8. This is such a neat idea! I love how they turned out. Oh, and totally borrowing your idea for the coke/lemonade bottle dispensers for my kitchen!

  9. very cute! Little Bit from www.DecorateWithaLittleBit.com

  10. Melissa, You and I crossed blog paths for a reason! I just realized that the Whole WiWW was a whole linky party THING! It is the perfect solution to my dilemma of incorporating fashion into my blog. And the idea was already thought up by someone else, I didn't have to do a thing. So easy! I am definitely going to start joining in next week! Can't wait! Thanks!

  11. Very cute. I love that lemonade bottle one too!

  12. Very very cute - I love a little bit of graphics and a little bit of black and white!

  13. Such a cute idea. I love what you did with the bottles. Thank you kindly for stopping by my blog.

  14. SO pretty and easy! WOW
    I would love if you link this to my party:

  15. Cool idea! Shame you couldn't save the extra soap, but a very clever and simple way to fix up the bathroom! Thanks for sharing.

  16. These are great! I love the clean look ~ and MONOGRAM!
    I'm visiting you today from Give me the Goods. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Medicine Cabinet Makeover

  17. I love your ideas! Your bottles look so sophisticated and expensive!
    Selene @ Restoration Beauty

  18. Great idea! Your bottles look like they came form a high end store. Please share this on my linky party, if you get a chance: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/03/sunday-linky-party-1.html

  19. Very cute and such a great idea! I would love to make a bottle for my dish soap so I definitely might give this a try.


  20. I so agree that our everyday items should be just as pretty as those things we bring out for company. I love this idea and I think I am going to use it for my body lotion. Thanks so much for the inspiration.
    I saw you at the Coastal Charm party.

  21. These are beautiful! You've inspired me to do something similar in my guest bathroom. Thank you for sharing! (I saw you at TDC's Before and After party.)

  22. They turned out so great! I’d love it if you’d link up to The DIY’ers link party. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-diyers.html

  23. That is a great idea ~ I really like that, especially the Coke bottle dispenser! Stopping by from the Beneath My Heart March linky party!

    Cher @ Designs by Studio C

  24. I love this idea. I also like to have "pretty" bottles - instead of the ones from the grocery store - sitting around. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Warmly, Michelle
    Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust

  25. I love this! What a great idea. I'm so glad I found your blog. I'm your newest follower! I've been blogging for three years now but only recently started to really put myself out there and I wonder too why I didn't do it sooner! Congrats ;)
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

  26. These are so cute and such a clever idea! Thanks so much for linking up to Give Me The Goods Monday! Can't wait to see what goods you bring next week! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  27. Cute! Found you at the Give me the Goods Monday party!

    Happy Thursday!

  28. Love love love these! So simple and yet so much prettier than the "normal" containers for those things! What a great DIY! It would make my day if you would share these at my party, going on now...http://www.oneartsymama.com/2013/04/shine-on-fridays-74-and-grab-bag.html

  29. Such a great idea! I picked you as a feature for our Give Me the Goods Monday party! Stop by and check it out:

    Thanks again for linking up and hope you party with us again today!

    ~Chelsea @ Married Filing Jointly

  30. This is cute! I'm going to make some for my kids' bath, my 7 year old can wash her hair but can't always tell the shampoo and conditioner apart. Also, pumps make it much harder to waste. I'm thinking the old soap would make great bubbles for the kids.

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  32. Good idea! Shame you couldn't save the extra hand soap refill bag but a very clever and simple way to fix up the bathroom! Thanks for sharing.

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  34. How did you make the Coke dispenser? Thats what brought me here. I have a Coca Cola collection in my kitchen and would love to make one of my empty bottles into a dispenser for my dishsoap.

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