Friday, July 17, 2009

Soap Holder and Antique Store Finds

A couple of weeks ago, Pam from basketsnprims posted a picture of a soap holder she won on ebay. I absolutely loved it and asked her if she would mind if I did a tutorial on it. Below is a picture of hers. To see where she has it displayed and more pictures of her gorgeous kitchen, click here.

I searched every thrift store and dollar store in my area, but couldn't find a round wooden bowl. I did find a square one at WalMart for either $1.97 or $2.97 that I thought would work just fine. I first made a pattern with curves similar to Pam's but decided that it didn't look quite right with the square bowl, so I went with a simpler look.

You should be able to click on the pattern below and print it out. Tape it together, matching up the lines and cut out.

You'll need a 13" piece of 1x8 pine board, a wood bowl and a 3" square concrete nail.

With a miter saw, cut the bowl in half.

Trace the pattern onto the 1x8 pine board and cut out. Drill a 1/2" hole at the top for hanging and then sand both the base piece and the bowl half. Wipe off excess sawdust and glue bowl to base.

When completely dry, paint as desired and add nail.

I think this turned out pretty good. I still like Pam's better, but this will work for me. And after seeing this picture, I'm thinking curvy sides may not have looked bad after all! Well, I do have the other half of the bowl. . . . !!!


I made a couple of trips to an antique store that's near by me. On my first trip I found this old bucket for $10.00 and this 12 tube candle mold for only $29.00!! I saw some like this one on ebay selling for $49.00 and up.
The second time I went, I found these lanterns. The revere lantern on the left was $24.00 and the ship lantern was $22.00. When I got home, I realized that the ship lantern is exactly like the one that I bought (and posted a couple of months ago) from one of my favorite prim stores. I paid $29.00 for it.

On my last trip there, I bought this wire basket for $12.00 and this basket cubby for $15.00. The baskets fit straighter in the cubby than what the picture shows, I just forgot to fix them before I took the picture!


  1. Love your tutorial. I love Pam's kitchen and her beautiful baskets. I also love your home.
    I fell in love with the outside of your home also. I love your blog!


  2. Oh, I love the soap holder! Do you sell your items?

  3. Kris ~
    I love how it turned out. You are so talented that it amazes me. Love all your other treasures, too.

  4. Hello Kris, This is the first time I have been to your blog and I have to say, I love it!! you are so talented... I don't know what i want to try first the stenciling, or the soap holder thing, you might be my new favorite blog. Thank you for sharing all your great ideas.
    Have a blessed weekend!

  5. Kris...first, I love your blog header. What a beautiful display. I also fell in love with Pam's soap holder and am so glad you posted this. Yours looks just as nice. Can you please share about the soap? Did you get these from somewhere or are they just primmed up regular bars? I'm so making this. Thanks!


  6. I love the soap dish tutorial! I just bought two wooden bowels from my TS day beofre yesterday! I am jazzed to make a soap dish now!!!!Thank You, thank You, thank you! ♥

  7. Well have done it again!! I love that tutorial and you continue to amaze me with your tutorials. You are so clever. I love all of the goodies that you shared with us tonight. I love love love the lights!! I can't seem to ever find any lights (boohoo).

    Have a great weekend.

    ~ Lisa

  8. you did a wonderful job on your little soap it..:)

  9. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I think yours turned out great! And what wonderful antique store finds!

  10. Hi Kris,

    Great tutorial. Thank you for sharing it. I think your soap holder turned out great!! Now I have another item to add to my!!
    Love all your new finds. You got some great things.Love the lanterns!

    Prim Blessings,

  11. Love the soap holder and thanks for the tutorial! Have a great weekend!

  12. Love that idea, very creative again Kris...very talented. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Oh I gotta have one of these for my bathroom! Thanks for the tutorial!!

  14. Love the soap holder, and what a great tututorial! Your finds are incredible,love those lanterns!

  15. Love it, Kris! :) You did a great job!

    Have a super weekend!


  16. Your blog is great. I enjoy reading it. I am really glad you posted this tutorial. Yesterday, I bought two enamelware cups at the thrift store for 49 cents each. I wasn't sure how I was going to display them, but now I know. I just need to convince my DH to get started. Thanks for the info.

  17. Thanks so much for the great tutorial.I printed it out and hopefully will be able to make one soon.I luv all of your AS goodies.Have a great day!Sherri:0)

  18. Thanks for the tutorial, I am gonna make myself one of those, i have several wooden bowls!
    Love all the goodies you found!

  19. I love your soap holder and I think it is just as nice as the one Pam got from Margo!!

    And that candle mold - around here it would be $95!! And I love the galvanized tub and lanterns too! Great finds!!

    Have a wonderful weekend Kris!!

    hugs, Linda

  20. Lovin' the soap holder and all the goodies!! What antique store do you go to? Is the antique mall on Rt. 18 still open?

  21. Thanks so much for the lesson! Love your finds!

  22. Hi Kris,
    Pam had emailed me the night she put in a bid for the soapkeep. I remember counting down the last few minutes until she won it. I loved it too and made one that very week for myself! Luckily I had some unpainted round bowls left over from my gatherings. The tricky part was cutting that bowl in half! I'd love to send you a picture of mine. Stop by my site and leave an email where I can send you some pics. Hugs, Loretta

  23. Hi Kris, I have just spent the last 1/2 hour reading all of your posts! What a talented lady you are!! I do not decorate prim, but I am inspird to try a few of your projects, thanks for agreat blog, I am a new follower and I will be back! Have a great weekend, Sue

  24. Great finds!, I am telling you one thing, that is one great bowl project ! You did a fabulous job!!!!!!One talented chic you are!!!!

  25. AWESOME tutorial!! Thanks. Your blog is very inspiring!! Kim

  26. What a clever idea with the soap holder and I love your finds.


  27. You've done it again, Kris! I love the soap holder and I'll be setting aside these instructions for sure.

    Your other goodies are wonderful too!

    Happy Sunday!

  28. Kris,

    Love your soap holder! I'm saving this to future use! I still have more bathroom remodels in my future and this will have to go in one of them! Love your tutorials! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Oh, and I also love all your finds too! Those will be fun to decorate with!

    Have a great week!

  29. Hey Kris,
    Thanks for the tutorial! Now I have a use for all those little wood bowls I have stashed in the craft room! I'm so making that soap keep for my bathroom!Hee hee! Looks like you totally scored at the antique store! Dontcha feels like you just won the lottery when you find bargains like that?


  30. I love how it turn out. I have to have one ,
    Thanks for sharing Kris

  31. i just found this a week or so ago when i was looking for a way to display my mothers handmade lye soap. i love it! it inspired me to make my own!

  32. Great idea!
    I love it!
    Thanks for sharing



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