Thursday, March 7, 2013

Lily of the Valley Soap Dispenser

Here's a super duper, easy peasy, little bitty Mod Podge project.
And it uses my favorite flower, Lily of the Valley.

Let's think spring!

I have been forever looking for the right soap dispenser for our Master Bathroom. 
I know, First World Problem.... 
I have gone through several soap dispensers there over the years, 
always fancy ceramic numbers that inevitably chip or break.
I am hoping this one works better.

The hardest part of this project is finding the right soap dispenser to start with.
They need to be a simple shape.
I saw these at Bed, Bath and Beyond for $1.00 each!

I bought a few, thinking they were reasonably pretty 
and the labels peeled right off, with no trouble at all.

Then I went to my stash of Napkins That Must Never Be Used because they are too pretty
and selected this treasured Lily of the Valley napkin:

I peeled the napkin layers apart and cut out the flower motif with tiny scissors.
I left a tiny border all around it.
Then I decoupaged the flower cutout onto the dispenser
using a matte finish Mod Podge.
Then I covered the entire bottle with Mod Podge, using three coats.

Here's a close up of the decoupage.  
I like the matte finish because it softens the shiny plastic look.

It looks really pretty on the counter.

And it only cost a dollar...
(The soap smells nice, but it absolutely refuses to lather...
What do you expect, for a dollar?)

Before and after:

So soft and springy!

Linking to:
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Be Inspired at Common Ground
The 6 days of Springsperation Linky Party at Jennifer Rizzo
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Fabulously Creative Friday at Jennifer Rizzo
Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill
Monday Funday at Uncommon Designs
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Winter Blues Wednesday at DIYbyDesign
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours
Wildly Original  Link Party at I Gotta Create
Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits at Stone Gable
Hooking Up with House of Hepworths
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
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  1. While it's difficult for a man to get overly excited about soap dispensers I am a big fan of your posts because of your 'before & afters' whether it's a gourmet kitchen or soap bottle!
    Your friend,

  2. Very clever! It IS really pretty! And I got a chuckle out of your stash of napkins-that-must-never-be-used! I think many of us might have to confess to a similar stash!

  3. This is just beautiful and creative - also love that it is low cost! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven for a visit.

  4. So much better after you got your crafty hands on that soap pump!

  5. Great Idea! The dispenser is so pretty now. You have inspired me to make a lotion bottle for my kitchen sink. I have a cool glass one for the soap, but the hand lotion is in the original bottle.
    I wonder if there is a way to make regular Modge Podge matte? I have everything I need to do this right now if I only had Matte! I share don on my DIY Pinterest board! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. What a cute idea. I spray painted a soap dispenser a few years ago, but it didn't last too long with my husband splashing around int he sink like he does. I may have to try your idea. I have a ton of cute napkins!

  7. very pretty! would make any space prettier!

  8. Wow! That is great! What a good upcycle! Sharing on Twitter! Thanks for linking it to Monday Funday.

  9. Ahhh! It's like a fresh breeze. I'm so ready for spring.

    Thank you for partying with the Wildly Original Crowd.
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

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  11. Such a pretty little touch of spring. I have a patch of lily of the valley flowers that I look forward to every year. They just say spring to me!


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