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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

{soap...all dressed up}

This is a simple, totally cute way to dress up any kind of hand soap or lotion!
  • holiday soaps & lotions in a guest bath or kitchen
  • monogrammed soaps for home or personalized gifts
  • personalized soaps for your kids' bathroom
  • teacher gifts
  • neighbor & friend gifts
  • office gifts--or for your own!
  • add the words "bath", "kitchen", etc.
I just used very cheap (originally purple) hand soap that I found for about $1 each. That's the beauty of this project--it doesn't matter what the soap or lotion looks like, since it will be totally disguised when it's finished. I made three different kinds--a spooky soap for Halloween, one for Christmas, and one with a monogram. I also switched up what I used for the text-- I used vinyl on two of them, and paint on the other. I like both ways--they each have their own look, so you can decide which you like better.

Soap...all dressed up!

  • soap or lotion--any size or shape
  • spray primer
  • spray paint
  • text: vinyl, foam stamps & craft paint
  • ribbon

1. Remove any labels, and excess "gooey" stuff from the outside of the soap. Goo Gone, or any adhesive remover should work well. Make sure the container is clean and dry.

2. Remove the lid/pump. This step is IMPORTANT---you must prime the bottle BEFORE painting. If you don't, the paint will run, or leave you with major streaks and bumps. I used a spray paint primer--I like Rustoleum--and sprayed it very lightly, just to cover. Let dry completely. *Note: One can of primer will last quite awhile. I made several, and still had a lot of paint left.

3. Next step...painting. When using spray paint, remember, less is more. Stand back a little more than you would if you were painting wood, and kind of let it mist over it. It will cover quickly, so you really don't want too much. Let dry completely.

4. Now you're ready for text! I rummaged through some extra vinyl I had, and chose a "w" for our monogram, and "joy" for a Christmas version. I also wanted to try using paint and my foam stamps for one, which I did for the Halloween version. If you're using vinyl, apply as you normally would. If you're using paint, you need to do one of two things--either use spray paint (just spray some paint onto a paper plate--not foam-- and use your finger to apply it to the stamp), or you'll need to spray the bottle with a moisture-resistant craft spray to protect the craft paint. If not, as soon as it gets wet, the paint will run.

5. Add your ribbon, and you're done!



Blogger Julie Bagamary said...

These are great!

September 22, 2010 at 7:29 AM  
Blogger Ramona said...


Smiles ~ Ramona

September 22, 2010 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Those are soooooo cute! I see Christmas gifts in the making!

September 22, 2010 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger VINTAGE said...

This idea is great - wonderful!!! I have many pump bottles for a lot of things. But I don't like plastic-style. Now I can change the optic and my eyes will be pleased ;)

Have a nice day


September 22, 2010 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger Sassy Sites! said...

Very cute!! These would be a perfect "quick gift" for teachers, neighbors, anyone! Thanks for sharing!!

September 22, 2010 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Spelled With An I said...

Such a cute idea. I might have to try this.

September 22, 2010 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

these are adorable! i'm going to have to make these for a friend for a housewarming gift! thank you for sharing - i look forward to seeing more of your ideas!

September 22, 2010 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Amanda Joy said...

I love the Boo! one. The Joy dispenser will work wt Christmas time for all of my family members, as my maiden name is Joy:)

September 22, 2010 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

I love this idea!

September 22, 2010 at 2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Super cute, inexpensive idea! Now I won't have to go and get the expensive soap dispensers at Bath & Body Works!

September 22, 2010 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger Country Dreaming said...

Super easy and super cute!


September 22, 2010 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger The Tipton's said...

I just wanted to let you know that I absolutely LOVE your blog! I just can't wait to see what you have on here everyday! I have made a few of your things, but just the simple ones:) Hey, a girls gotta start somewhere!! Keep them coming and thanks for all the ideas!

September 22, 2010 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

You make everything look easy!! Great Idea!! Question for did you spray paint with the soap in the bottles? And do you have a brand you prefer with the moisture resistant spray?


September 22, 2010 at 9:27 PM  
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September 22, 2010 at 11:52 PM  
Blogger ksblack said...

I have the same question as Danielle . . .how did you spray paint with the soap in the bottles??? I just "fell into" your blog - I was searching for something completely different!!! But, I'm so glad to have found you! I love your ideas - you're a very talented - and productive lady!!!!! Thanks for sharing your ideas and talent with all of us! Kathi

September 23, 2010 at 7:44 AM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...

Danielle and Kathi--

I was just careful to always spray from the side, and never from the top. The soap isn't usually right to the top of the bottle--it's typically not even into the neck of the bottle, so it was totally fine.

Let me go double check the name of my craft spray, and I'll be back!

September 23, 2010 at 8:13 AM  
Blogger Kellie Stilson said...

so cute! so the paint won't scratch off or anything? These will be great neighbor christmas gifts!

September 23, 2010 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Very Cute and so simple!

September 23, 2010 at 3:11 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

I am sooo stealing this idea and there is nothing you can do about it!!! Can't wait to give it a try, thanks Darlin!

September 23, 2010 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger Malinda said...

Love your blog and can't wait to try some of your projects!

September 23, 2010 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Liz Taylor said...

Great idea! So simple and so cute!

September 24, 2010 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger Sarah@AlpinePoppy said...

I love these! They would be perfect for so many different occasions, thanks for sharing!
Oh these would be so fun to put in a guest bathroom, as a little gift!
Love it!!

September 25, 2010 at 12:14 AM  
Blogger Valerie said...

So, so clever! I would have never thought about decorating with spray paint! I have filed this at Thanks so much for sharing!!

September 26, 2010 at 10:14 PM  
Blogger Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Seriously cute. I will be making these soon!! Thanks for such a clever and simple idea!!

September 27, 2010 at 7:54 AM  
Blogger katskraps4kids said...

These are just too cute! I have some dispenser I will have to try this with.


September 28, 2010 at 2:07 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

That's another, "Why didn't I think of that?!" projects. Brilliant!

September 29, 2010 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger Ryan and Jannali said...

LOVE this! So dang cute and inexpensive. I just got married and want to make our little place cute but have to watch out on the spending part. I can't wait to start and make some for our home and gifts!

September 29, 2010 at 12:19 PM  
Blogger Serena said...

Such a great idea!! I love you blog! Thanks for sharing all your creations with us.

September 29, 2010 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

So cute!! I'm featuring you Sunday over at

Love the idea!

September 29, 2010 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger Nicki said...

This is a life-saver craft for my old-house bathroom! I hate plastic soap bottles, and love to find thrifty AND cute ways to dress it up. This is so perfect! I already have the right color spray paint and ribbons on hand. I'll just need the primer. I'll have this done in no time. Thanks!

October 2, 2010 at 7:07 PM  
Blogger Nicki said...

I did it, and here's the link:

Thanks for the great idea!

October 9, 2010 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Life with the Lebedas said...

Oh my gosh, I love these!! Great idea!!

Hope you'll link up for Craftify It Thursday! :D Also, we have a guest crafter - Kim from A Girl & A Glue Gun

Jennifer @ Life with the Lebedas

October 21, 2010 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger Brandi said...

These are great! I love the finish of the paint-- is it matte or glossy? And how long did you let dry in between coats and in between primer and paint? Thanks! Brandi

October 28, 2010 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...

Brandi--It's a flat black spray paint. I waited a couple of hours in between primer and paint, but it only needed one coat of paint.

Have fun!

October 28, 2010 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger Cherie said...

I absolutely love these! I will be featuring them on my blog!

Thanks for sharing!

December 2, 2010 at 2:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just found this on Pinterest.
Love it! Great idea!

Chrissy @ ForMamas

September 19, 2011 at 2:28 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

This is AWESOME!!!! I love it! Even the paintingly challenge ME can do it. :-) Thanks! I just wanted to let you know that I linked to you for my November Clicks.

November 30, 2011 at 7:19 AM  
Blogger Waseem said...

look perfect for so many occasion...I like it.

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May 25, 2012 at 3:32 AM  
Blogger Kacey said...

Do you remember what font you used for the "Joy"? I am in love with it!!

July 5, 2012 at 5:14 PM  

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