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Etched Dish Soap Bottle | Awesome DIY Gift Idea!

Make your own etched dish soap bottle from a simple olive oil dispenser with a stencil and glass etching cream… Totally awesome DIY gift idea!

Easy DIY Etched Dish Soap Bottle -- make your own etched dish soap bottle from a simple olive oil bottle with a stencil and glass etching cream... Totally awesome DIY gift idea! | unsophisticook.com

Using an olive oil dispenser as a dish soap bottle is not a new concept for me — I’ve had one for this purpose for years. Actually, I use one for real maple syrup, too!

But when I saw this cute etched bottle tutorial on Pinterest, it was one of those, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” moments.

I recently invested in a Silhouette Cameo, but frankly, I was a little intimidated by it. So it sat in its box on the floor of my office collecting dust. I figured this simple little etching project was the perfect opportunity to put its cutting abilities to the test.

And you know what? Using the Silhouette was waaaayyyyy easier than I expected, and I’m totally kicking myself for letting it sit for so long. I have tons of ideas for labeling and etching now — and that’s just the beginning.

Of course, you don’t need a Silhouette Cameo to do this project. It will take slightly longer, but you could easily cut a stencil out of vinyl with an X-Acto knife by hand and achieve the same results.

Easy DIY Etched Dish Soap Bottle -- make your own etched dish soap bottle from a simple olive oil bottle with a stencil and glass etching cream... Totally awesome DIY gift idea! | unsophisticook.com

Supplies for making etched dish soap bottles:

All in all, this is an extremely frugal project, especially when you can pick up the olive oil bottles at such an inexpensive price!


Easy DIY Etched Dish Soap Bottle -- make your own etched dish soap bottle from a simple olive oil bottle with a stencil and glass etching cream... Totally awesome DIY gift idea! | unsophisticook.com

How To Make An Etched Dish Soap Bottle

First you’ll need to create a stencil. I created mine in the Silhouette Studio using the Lucida Handwriting font, but as I mentioned, you could also print out your template, transfer it to some vinyl or Contact Paper, and then cut it out with an X-Acto knife.

Apply the stencil to the olive oil bottle and press out the bubbles. Yes, I realize I didn’t get all of them out, but as long as you get the ones near the lettering where you’ll apply the etching cream, you should be safe.

Easy DIY Etched Dish Soap Bottle -- make your own etched dish soap bottle from a simple olive oil bottle with a stencil and glass etching cream... Totally awesome DIY gift idea! | unsophisticook.com
Apply a thick coat of the glass etching cream to the stencil, taking care not to get it anywhere but on the letters, and let it sit…

Now this is where I need to add a little disclaimer to let you know that I am by no means well-versed in the finer points of glass etching. The cream that I purchased actually did not have any directions on the bottle. I looked them up online, and they stated to leave the etching cream on for no longer than 1 minute — so of course, I left it on for 10… The glass was not nearly as etched as I would have liked.

So when I did the next couple of bottles, I applied the etching cream, and then I got busy and totally forgot about them. 45+ minutes later when I rinsed them off, they were perfect. So use your best judgment, but I don’t see any harm in letting it sit longer than a minute.

Easy DIY Etched Dish Soap Bottle -- make your own etched dish soap bottle from a simple olive oil bottle with a stencil and glass etching cream... Totally awesome DIY gift idea! | unsophisticook.com

Awesome DIY Gift Idea

That’s pretty much it! I filled the bottle up with my favorite dish soap — Mrs. Meyer’s lavender dish soap.

While I was at Walmart, I also grabbed the cute red & white striped Mainstays dishtowels shown in the first image. A 3-pack of them was just $4.74! When paired with the etched dish soap bottles, it makes for a lovely personalized teacher’s gift, coach’s gift, hostess gift, etc., and even if you include the towels, you’re well under $10 per gift. I made several to have on hand all in the same sitting!

Did you make or buy any handmade gifts this holiday season? I’d love to hear what projects you’re working on!

Easy DIY Etched Dish Soap Bottle -- make your own etched dish soap bottle from a simple olive oil dispenser with a stencil and glass etching cream... Totally awesome DIY gift idea! | unsophisticook.com
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Julie @ The Family CEO

Saturday 26th of January 2013

I love this idea! I'm definitely saving it for future use. Thanks for sharing.

JulieD

Thursday 10th of January 2013

Love this!! So neat, Tara!

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

Thursday 27th of December 2012

How cute! I really need to make this for myself :)

Carrie

Tuesday 25th of December 2012

Now this is absolutely amazing! I love it! Very nice =)

Thanks for sharing! I'm actually going to bookmark this and try it out myself after the New Year.

Nancy

Friday 21st of December 2012

We could also apply the etching cream just around the immediate area of the wording, to save time and cream?

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