Upcycled Bottle Dispensers
Customize your hand soap or lotion with these easy and easy-on-your budget containers.
Transforming modern shaped bottles into dispensers for the kitchen or bathroom is a snap. Upcycling these shapely bottles adds a modern touch to your space and allows you to fill them with the soap and lotion of your choice.
- european orange-drink bottles
- pump nozzles and tubes from lotion bottles
- craft knife
- permanent marker
- rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover (optional)
- soap or lotion as desired
Preparing the Bottle and Hose
Wash bottle thoroughly and remove label. If the bottle has been printed with ink, remove it with rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover (Image 1). Remove the pump and hose from a bottle of lotion or similar bottle. Rinse the hose and pump thoroughly by placing one end in a bowl of clean, hot water and pumping the contents into another bowl or into a sink (Image 2). Tip: depending on the contents of the original bottle, this may take several passes.
Cutting the Hose
With the hose still connected to the pump, hold it next to the drink bottle and measure the distance of the tube so that the bottom of the tube will be very close to the bottom of the bottle when inserted. Note the measurement and remove the hose from the pump. Use the noted measurement to make a mark on the tube, leaving the angled end intact. Use a craft knife to carefully cut the tube at the mark. Re-attach the tube to the pump. Set aside.
Use a funnel to fill the bottle with your favorite soap, lotion, or other desired liquid (Image 1). Add the modified pump and tube (Image 2).