Home Recycled Home: Hand Soap Dispenser

HRH-1024x512My family loves those calorie-free Crystal Light flavored drinks and teas made by the half gallon. We like them so much that in just a few weeks we collected about half a dozen plastic containers. I decided to pair one of the containers with an old hand soap pumper and make a new soap dispenser for my bathroom. The project was fun, easy, and free (which beats even the best find at a thrift store) and a great way to create a very personalized bathroom hand soap dispenser.

AliceIMageWhat you will need:

  • Empty Crystal Light drink mix container (store brand containers work too) with plastic removed.
  • Clean hand soap pumper.
  • Scissor or single hole puncher.
  • Acrylic paint and painting accessories (paint pallet, paint brushes, etc).
  • Stickers and other embellishments.
  • Super glue or craft glue. (Note: Regular school glue will not stick to plastic).
  • Mod podge.
  • Hand soap.

Step 1: After covering your work area with old newspapers or cloths, use scissors or a hole punch to put a small hole in the center of the lid. Ensure that the soap pumper straw will fit through the hole.

Step 2: Glue the pumper to the top of the lid and allow to dry.

Step 3: Use paint, stickers, and embellishments to create a unique design on your dispenser.

Step 4: After allowing any glue or paint to dry completely, seal your creation by covering the container with a layer of mod podge.

Step 5: Fill container with your favorite hand soap and snap lid tightly in place.

CompleteHandPumperOther ideas for reusing Crystal Light containers:

Pencil holders, sunglasses case, maracas, piggy bank, snack holder, mailing container, craft storage.

Do you have an item (or a collection of items) that you are looking to recycle? Send a picture of your products over and I just might use them in a future project! Pictures should be emailed to awanamaker@townandcountrygazette.com. Please be sure to include your name and contact info.

SAVE $ on your remodel: A great way to save some money during home renovations is to save your older fixtures and reuse them in your updated space. The internet is a great place to look for ideas. Consider refinishing your old wood door or window and making a creative wall art or table out of it. Replace your wooden fence and hold onto a few panels to piece together later; they make great painting surfaces. Kitchen or bathroom tiles can be painted or stenciled and are perfect coasters or can be used in outdoor spaces! Be creative, have fun, and save money.


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