January 19, 2012

Monogramed Soap Dispensers [Tutorial]

Know what's missing in that bathroom of yours? Nooo, not an oh too obvious role of toilet paper. Uh-ah, certainly not that ugly, dirty, filthy toilet plunger. Nope sillies, it's a customized hand pump soap dispenser. I have been working on some majorly time consuming projects- as well as dealing with some medical crap with the hubs- so I thought I'd share one last pre-holiday project I'd "pumped" out.

Since there are a zillion people to thank around the holidays I made some monogrammed soap dispenser bottles. I saw a tutorial fromThe Idea Room about a bazillion months ago and saved the link.

Here's what you need:
-Soap Bottle
-Something to help Remove the Label from the bottle {I used Goo Gone}
-Transparency Sheets
-Monogram
-Laser Printer
-Scissors

1] Get the monograms-I browsed the Net for free source monograms. There actually weren't a ton to choose from. You could absolutely make your own- and I would have if I weren't in the pre-Christmas crunch. 
2] Copy and Paste the monograms to a Word doc-Select the Size you want the image to be. Measure your bottle, make sure you know how much blank transparency needs to be under the monogram so the transparency can rest on the bottom of the soap dispenser, keeping the monogram right where you'd like it. See the dashes in the above pic? That's a rough estimate of where my transparency is placed.
3] Print up the transparency-I had my transparencies printed up at Staples-cause I go there for everything, they're cheap! Since I was already printing up a page, I might I have thrown a few "B's" on the page for our own home! May as well fill that sheet, right?
4] Cut out the monogram {leaving the space at the bottom that I just mentioned} and Insert into the bottle- I just curved mine, like shown in the pic, and popped it right in the bottle. I used my little finger to push it  against the front of the bottle.


There you have it, an easy peasy way to show your gratitude!  And, a very nice way to encourage people to wash their filthy little hands.
For anyone wondering- The artichoke tea light holder is from Anthropologie and both soap dishes are from West Elm. 
Now get to pasting, printing, placing, and pumping!



33 comments:

  1. Very cute, I love this as a cheap gift to give, and its great that its so personalized. Thanks for sharing Becca!

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  2. I love this idea, so personal & unique! Thanks for sharing such a fun gift!

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  3. I love this and will definitely try it. Wish I had seen this post yesterday. I was just at Office Max getting copies made. LOL. Thanks!

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  4. Genius! Ridiculously easy way to vamp up the mundane soap bottle. Cool stuff!

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  5. Love this...hate the generic pump soaps! A perfect gift for friends, family, and home!! I'm one of your newest friends! Drop by for a visit sometime!!

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  6. This is definitely something I want to try!! I pinned something a while back with pictures of kids on the transparency. Cute for the grandparents :)
    Thanks for sharing :)

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  7. is it really tab easy? looks so nice..a great simlpe touch!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can!

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  8. Oooo I need to try that Goo Gone!!

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  9. Love how personalized and classy it looks!

    If you're interested, we're hosting our first ever link up party. Please stop by and link up! http://www.waywardgirlscrafts.com/2012/01/wayward-weekend-week-1.html

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  10. What a lovely idea Becca!


    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured your family tree word art on my round tuit post this week!
    Round Tuit 85
    Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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  11. So simple and elegant! Nice! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

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  12. Every elegant! Thank you for sharing your wonderful post at Potpourri Friday!

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  13. This looks so easy - and I imagine they would make a nice gift in a basket with monogrammed towels, etc!
    I am having a digital scrapbook software giveaway - if interested, stop by!

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  14. They look awesome! Thanks for sharing!

    www.notimefortea.com

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  15. Brilliant idea. Cute rings, too. :)

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  16. Super cute idea- Thanks for sharing a Feathered Nest Friday!

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  17. Very cool! I'm going to have to make one of these! I made a canning jar soap dispenser, but it's now rusted. This will be a good idea for a new one!

    --Katie
    @ Creatively Living

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  18. I found that Odorless Mineral Spirits will take the adhesive off, even better than Goo-Gone. I just removed the labels on 15 bottles...goo-gone, soaked them in water, used Dawn and Dawn Power Desolver...in the end, peeling the labeling, then rubbing w mineral spirits worked the best.

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  19. Hi, I just wanted to pop over and tell you that this is fantastic! I can't even remember how I found you, but I'm glad I did.

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  20. I love it! I need to find some transparency sheets!

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  21. This project is being featured today on Tell it to Me Tuesday @ Creatively Living!

    Come on by and grab a button. Party starts at 5:30 PST.

    --Katie

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  22. So cute! I'll definitely be trying this. Not that the Target label isn't sexy enough . . .

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  23. This is so cute! And yes I was wondering...so glad you posted where that artichoke tea light holder is from!
    www.inside-outdesign.blogspot.com

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  24. These are so neat!!!

    Sarah @
    www.dottedlinecrafts.blogspot.com

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  25. What a great idea! Love the monograms!! thanks for sharing with us!! Bonnie ;)

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  26. I love this idea! It just looks so much better than the store bought soap. Such a simple upgrade but it looks so nice! Thanks for linking it up at my link party!
    http://thewinthropchronicles.blogspot.com/2012/03/share-it-link-party-3.html

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  27. These are lovely and practical. Remember watching Martha use glass bottle dispensers at her sink. That would last one day at my house. I would knock it over and it would break. What a great alternative.Elegant and handy.

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  28. Becca
    I'm featuring you at Decor2Adoreable on June 14.
    Cheri

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  29. Love this idea. I'm going to try this for my daughter's teachers.

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  30. Love it!! What a great holiday gift idea too Becca!! Hugs ~ Heather

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