Altered mixed media soap bottle

Natalie EllisBlog

It had been a while since I did some 3D work, especially an altered art project! This mixed media soap bottle came together really nicely and something I would definitely use.

So, as we are all aware, plastics are a big problem. If we can re-use, recycle or up-cycle something, it will give the materials another purpose that is long lasting. Anyway, I am not here to lecture you all, but it’s food for thought. I have been very aware of what I throw away for quite a few years now and try my best to reuse what I can. Also, it’s a good challenge to see what I could turn something into.

For this project, I took an empty, plastic soap dispenser and went full mixed media on it!

First, I lightly scored the bottle to create a crisscross pattern and covered with gesso paint. This was to make sure the base coat of gesso would adhere to the plastic and give it something to ‘hold’ onto.

Next I chose to use a leaf die from ‘Craftascope’ and cut out a handful of leaves from kraft card. The die is part of a eight-piece leaves die set (‘Retro Leaves’ see below) and they are all gorgeous and a good size too!

I used some glue to stick them all around the bottle, leaving some space for the word ‘soap’. The letters for ‘Soap’ were cut from ‘Leonie Pujol’s’ letter dies she released a while back with ‘Crafter’s Companion’ – they always come in handy…

Once the embellishments dried (which didn’t take too long) I covered the whole lot with black acrylic paint. I also waited for that to dry then dry-brushed silver paint all over. I loved the fact it picked up my rough brush marks and made the letters and leaves stand out!

For the leaves, I used silver leaf to enhance the depth and give the bottle some luxury. “So is it waterproof?” I hear you ask… Well, for that, I covered the whole bottle with clear varnish, making sure all edges of the paint were sealed. We really don’t want water getting underneath the paint which may cause flaking.

There you have it! An awesome, up-cycled, altered, mixed media soap bottle (what a mouthful lol). It would be great for a little housewarming gift or something to make for yourself. I think maybe, I will keep this one for my bathroom…

Thank you so much for taking a look at my project. So if you would like to know what else I get up to, you can follow me on Instagram @lovesplat. Take care and sending crafty love x

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Nick Roberts: ‘Craftascope’ shop – Blog –

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Jane Royston: Instagram – @janeroystoniow Blog –

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