Woodland Fairy | Crafts, Oddities & Design

May 6th, 2011

Wine Tree Soap Dispenser

I have 10 empty wine bottles which are fantastic for decoration, but they persist on collecting dust. In my Internet searches I’ve been looking for ways to recycle the bottles without having to cut, smash, or melt them. Although these would be fun projects, they are certainly not safe, nor advisable in an apartment. I stumbled upon several examples of using the bottles as soap dispensers using a pour spout, and decided to play around with the idea.

Some of the creations I reviewed used paper labels, which based on my abilities to drench the sink and counters when doing dishes, would ruin the overall design. The other concern was touching the bottle while handling raw foods and washing my hands. With these thoughts in mind,  I ruled out paper as a decorative option and elected for glass paint.

To accomplish this project I soaked the bottle for an evening in the sink until the labels peeled off. Dried the outside for about a day and applied glass paint in brown, sage and glitter silver. I hand drew a tree, and retouched it up as it dried for a solid brown color  as it dries splotchy if the layers of paint are uneven. Applied the leaves and a few silver swirls and allowed 24 hours for the paint to harden.  Pour in your soap, and top it off with a pour spout.