Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fancy Soap Dispenser

A few years ago my Mom bought me a super cute olive oil bottle (like the one below) with a hand painted pear on it. I filled it with soap and used it in my kitchen. I don’t know why but I just loved that little soap dispenser!

Well I moved to China for a bit had a HUGE garage sale to get rid of all my stuff and the olive oil bottle was one of the items I sold in my pre-move garage sale :o( When I moved back to the states I looked all over for the company my Mom purchased my little oil bottle from and was sad to find out that they went out of business. So here I am 4 years later still missing that olive oil bottle turned into a make shift soap dispenser. What does a crafty gal do when she wants something in particular and can’t find it……..she makes one on her own!

Let the How-2 Begin
I purchased this olive oil bottle at Walmart for around $4.00. It’s been sitting in my craft room for some time so I’m not 100% sure how much I paid for it.I originally planned to hand paint a cute little pear on the bottle to match the one my Mom bought. Then I remembered, I can’t paint or draw worth a flip and needed to think of a plan B. That’s why this little guy sat in my craft room for months.
I was at good old Walmart this week and saw some French inspired Rub Ons in the craft section. Of course a big crafty light bulb appeared above my head; you know an ahhh haaaa moment!
Tip: If you decide to tackle this project be sure you find the smoothest side of the bottle. The bottle I purchased had a few small air bubbles on the sides which will interfere with the Rub On.

Center your Rub On and go to town. You will need to apply pressure and complete several strokes to make sure the Rub On sticks to the surface. You should see me over here trying to think of descriptive words to explain this step without sounding dirty ;o)

In just a few minutes you have a new handy dandy olive oil bottle or soap dispenser (however you choose to use it).

Tip: After you have pulled away the Rub On plastic use your finger to rub over the decal a few times to make sure it's stuck to the bottle.

Now I don’t have to hide our big ugly soap bottle when company comes over. Not sure how long the Rub On will last before it starts to wear off but that’s ok, the kit came with several of the same pattern so I can just redo it if I need to.
Tip: You will need to water down the dish soap so it's able to flow from the spout.

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  1. Love it! My daughter uses that kind of bottle for her soap, but don't remember what design is on it. Those rubons sure come in handy don't they? I have used them on several things.

  2. I, too, used one of these many years ago. Now my sink has a built-in soap dispenser. But that one you made is so cute I might have to put one on my sink just because!

  3. What a cute bottle/soap dispenser! I might just have to get one of those :)

  4. That is awesome! I want me one of those now

  5. I have something similar I made years ago but for my dish soap. I have a hand soap dispenser in my sink as well. I put clear marbles in the bottom of my bottle for decorative effect and I love that my dish soap is in reach and pretty.

  6. Very cute, I may have to make one of those, much better then a Dawn bottle!

  7. Maybe you could get a glass etching kit and do the same pattern?! It wouldn't be as colorful though but it would be permanent!

  8. Love it.

    For those that are uber thrifty or broke like me, Dollar Tree has what I call "beehive" oil and vinegar cruets - of course 1 for $1.

    Granted you can't do a successful rub on like that but you could dazzle one up with Plaid's glass paints.

    Here's one I am using for an odd purpose (second picture):

    Plain oil cruets have a lot of fun uses which are not for dispensing oil IMHO.

  9. I wonder if you could put clear nail polish over the decal to help it last longer?

  10. OMG- I bought these rub ons today!! That is crazy. Very cute btw

  11. This came out so cool! I use a plain bottle for my dish soap, but I think I'll be adding a rub-on transfer like yours to make it nicer than it already is. Thanks for sharing your make-over.
    :-) Sue

  12. What a fun idea! Perfect Christmas gifts too...

  13. I think this is a great gift idea to make for my girly friends! Thanks for sharing! Lu

  14. It has so much personality now! I like it!

    pk @ Room Remix

  15. Hi Kendra!

    Your soap bottle turned out wonderful!

  16. Awesome! I never thought of using that as a soap dispenser - great idea! I'm going to try this out for sure1 :)

  17. Very cute and simple. Thanks for sharing!

  18. I use the same type of bottle for our soap dispenser... I love how much prettier it looks.

  19. Great idea! I've been trying to think of a cuter way to have my dish soap on hand and out in the open! Thanks!

  20. i like this idea too! you know you can get those olive oil dispensers at the Dollar Tree most of the time, and thanks for the tip about the watering down the soap!

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