Bourbon Bottle Soap Dispenser

Like most men, my dad is into “swill.”

Yep, we’re an Irish family and we definitely like to get our swill on.

Lately my dad is digging bourbon whiskey. Single malt, single barrel…I don’t really know much about the stuff…but I do know that he loves it! So I thought it would only be fitting that his Father’s Day gift reflects his drink of choice.

Consider this project a “DIY for a guy!”

Your first step will be to actually find and purchase the perfect bottle. Finn and I ventured to a local alcohol mecca (this place is legit huuuuge!) to try and find a cool-looking bottle.

Our must-haves? Not too large. Glass. Cool Design. We knew we would be taking the label off because when it gets wet (which it will because it is a soap dispenser!) the colors could run and it would be a mess. So we wanted the glass to say the name of the alcohol, instead of just the label.

We found this Captain Morgan bottle for Finn’s bathroom (he wanted in on the DIY action too!)
Captain Morgan Private Stock Bottle

After you find the right bottle. Drink the entire contents in one sitting. Then break out the power tools.

Goo Gone and captain morgan

Kidding. Just want to make sure you guys are following along. (We simply poured the rum into a separate decanter that we will slowly drink)

Once you have a clean and empty bottle, use goo gone to peel the label off of the glass bottle.

Empty Captain Morgan Bottle
Goo gone is like magic. That stuff works wonders!
Target Soap Dispenser

I then had to find a soap pump that fit the bottle. After doing some research, I concluded that many pumps are similar in size. I decided to go with this one, simply because it was on sale at Target and I liked the dark, shiny color.

In order to get the pump to stay in the bottle, you’ll need to use a cork.

I went with the cork that came with the original Captain bottle.

Knife and cork

I chopped off the pretty wood top.

Drilling hole through cork

And then drilled a large hole through the cork until it fit the pump.

Cork on soap pump

It took a little finagling to get it on there, but it ended up working out just fine.

Our guest bathroom now has enough soap to last a lifetime #seriouslythatthingishuge

I ended up using the purple soap dispenser (with no top) as a vase. Win, win!

The swords and text that reads “Captain Morgan” is very subtle on the glass. Which I really like! Way better than booze right in your face! Just a touch of manliness right?
While the rum bottle went into our own guest bathroom…I made a bourbon whiskey bottle for my dad.
Bourbon Bottle Soap Dispenser
Now I think this bottle is really cool!
Bourbon Bottle Soap Dispenser
I especially love how it says “bourbon whiskey” right on the front.
Bourbon Bottle Soap Dispenser
This unique soap dispenser makes a pretty awesome Father’s Day gift if I do say so myself!
Bourbon Bottle Soap Dispenser
A green bow was all this gift needed.
Bourbon Bottle Soap Dispenser
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  • Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    Ah! I super love this idea! More than my mason jar one I have now…. looks like it’s time for another project 🙂

  • Thanks Alysia! Good luck with the project. It’s a fun one (especially making fun cocktails with the leftover alcohol!) 🙂

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In

    SUCH a fun idea! My dad would love this with a jameson bottle

  • Thanks Clare! You know us Irish and our “swill”!!

  • Lizzy a

    So fun! Did i take that family pic….??

  • Lizzy you did that that pic!!! Look at those great photography skills you have. 🙂 Miss you!

  • Thanks for the tips. I had been wanting to make one of these for a year an didn’t realize how simple it was until I ran across your site. I used some shalack on the labels so they would be water resistant and my guests could see the brand I prefer in case they want to buy more. I also found just the pump and straw mechanism at Bed Bath and Beyond for $3. No need to buy a whole soap dispenser. Thanks again! Drew from KY.

  • sam

    do you have a link on how to do that mason jar thing suspended in the bathroom holding your toothpaste and such?

  • Sam,
    You can check it out at the link below.

    Thanks for reading!

    Casey

    http://www.thediyplaybook.com/2013/04/mason-jar-organizer.html