Every bathroom needs a soap dispenser. Why not take a little time to create a special handcrafted item using your individual tastes? It’s relatively inexpensive, easy to do, and it adds a true touch of personality. The materials for this type of project can be easily found at a variety of craft supply retailers.
Your first step will be to find a suitable container. While a glass jar dispenser makes a beautiful accessory you may opt to use a less breakable material. To really simplify the project you can purchase an empty plastic or Lucite pump dispenser in the craft or HBA section of your local store. If you choose to do this I recommend using a translucent container. Tinted translucent containers work great if you can incorporate them into your design.
If you are making the aquarium themed dispenser detailed below a blue or aquatint works great. If you’re using a glass jar you have two options for your pump dispenser. The first and easiest is to purchase a lid with the pump already installed. Many craft stores offer both jars with a pump lid and the lid alone. Your other option requires quite a bit more work and skill. To start, you will need a glue gun, a store-bought pump dispenser with a cork or stopper top, and whatever your choice of tools for cutting a hole through the center of your lid.
You will need to cut the hole in relation to the size of your stopper. You want the stopper to fit snugly at Â˝ to two-thirds of the way into the lid. Once the opening has been cut and the dispenser inserted you will need to seal the area using your hot glue gun. Using a steady small stream trace the top and bottom of where the stopper and lid join. If you get a little too much glue use a craft stick or even your fingertip to gently smooth over the seam and wipe away any excess. Once the glue has completely dried your handcrafted pump dispenser lid is ready to go.
Next, you will need to gather our supplies for decorating. A great project for beginners and advanced crafters alike is the aquarium dispenser project we’ll look at in a moment. You will need a variety of templates to transfer your desired design onto your container. If you use a wide-mouth container you can tape your pictures to the inside, allowing you to trace directly over them with paint pens.
If your container’s opening is too small you can cut out your pictures and tape them from the outside. You can create a variety of templates by using pictures from books, magazines, drawings, traced pictures, and computer printouts. To stick these cutouts to your container you can use either double-sided tape or regular tape rolled so the ends meet to make a small tape roll. When you are ready to stick them down be sure that no tape is sticking off of the edges. If it is trim it back.
You will be tracing the edge of these pictures to transfer the outline onto your container. Any bumps or small tape edges will affect your design. If you are comfortable with painting freehand I still recommend sketching out what you’d like your finished design to look like.
This is where the real fun starts – painting! Following the directions on your paint pen set, trace the outline of your pictures. If you don’t have paint pens another option is to use permanent colored markers. If you are tracing over pictures taped inside you may also want to trace over some details as well. Remember that any wet paint touching, even a little, may blend or blur your lines.
Unless you want to create that effect be sure to allow adequate drying time between color changes. Once the outlines have dried you will go back and fill in any solid areas. When satisfied with your newly created work of art set aside and let dry completely. Once dry, all that’s left is to fill the dispenser with your favorite liquid soap and place in the bathroom for all to enjoy!
Directions for Aquarium Soap Dispenser:
Step 1 – Gather a variety of pictures suitable for your aquarium. Since you will be choosing the colors you work with the picture’s color is of no importance.
Step 2 – Plan where you’d like your objects painted and tape them to your container. If using a small container you’ll only need one or two fish and some seaweed or coral for the lower part. If you have a larger surface to work with you have more room to add creative little touches to your aquaria like treasure chests or sunken ship wreckage. Be sure that all tape edges have been trimmed.
Step 3 – Trace your pictures using the colors of your choice. I recommend using bright colors that will stand out against your background.
Step 4 – When all lines have dried completely and taped templates have been removed you will fill in the solid parts. When you are coloring your fish the smearing of colors spoke about earlier may be the perfect effect. Using two or more colors to stripe or speckle a fish looks wonderful when appearing to blend naturally. When finished, let dry.
Step 5 – Complete any details that you’d like to fix or things needing to be painted over solid areas. Adding details like tiny bubbles or a fishing line with a hook can make quite a difference. Set aside to dry.
Step 6 – Fill your dispenser with liquid soap and screw the pump dispenser lid on top. You’ve created a beautiful accessory that adds color and personality to your bathroom.