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Etched Dish Soap Dispenser

on May 14, 2013

Etching on glass is easy and fun. Years ago stencils were made with contact paper and a xacto knife but now the Cricut machine makes it very easy. The Lesson plan teaches how to cut the stencil with the Cricut machine but if you don’t have a machine you can purchase the stencils and/or kits below.
I have taught this type of class in many ways and have learned from many mistakes. One time we taught this class and let people put their names on glass casserole dishes.  It was a fun idea but we made the mistake of letting them choose the font and we had to print every name so the class took forever! Another lesson I learned is when we bought etching cream in a large bottle and dumped it on a small foam plates for each participant. What a waste of money!  An expensive part of this class is the etching cream and when we put it in foam plates most of the etching cream was thrown away after class as the plate went into the garbage.

As I started planning this activity for this webpage I decided to shop around for the vinyl to see if we can do this project cheaper. As I thought about the lessons I learned throughout the years I remembered when I first started teaching this class we used contact paper and a xacto knife to make the stencils and a light went off in my head…. I tried cheap old drawer liner contact paper in my Cricut machine to cut out the letters. Oh my gosh.. this saved a huge amount of money!

Important tips that will help make this class run smooth and save money.

  • The containers I sell on this webpage have a lid that can be closed and the etching cream can be used at a later date instead of throwing it away.   The container does 3-5 dish soap dispensers so 3 people can share this container if extra stencils are ordered.  Buying the etching cream this way is a lot cheaper than if a larger bottle is purchased and divided out.
  • Use the cheap roll of drawer liner contact paper to cut the stencils instead of buying the expensive vinyl.
  • Have the stencils cut out before class.  Don’t let the participants choose the font or the class will last for hours!
  • I purchased the olive oil dispensers from Walmart but they only have a few in stock.  Order them online and have then shipped to the store or talk to the manager and ask them to bring in enough olive oil dispensers for your class.  Make sure you plan this activity far enough in advance to order the dispensers.

Etched Dish Soap Dispenser

Etched Dish Soap Dispenser


The kit comes with 1 stencil and 1 ounce jar of Armour Etching Cream.    3 ounce jars of Aromour Etching cream can be purchased at the craft stores for about $13.00 but for a class environment it’s better for each person to have a small container for their use.

The kit comes with enough etching cream to do 3-5 dish soap dispensers (additional stencils can be purchased). Olive oil dispensers can be found at Walmart or other department stores.

An instructor can use the printable instruction link below to help teach the class. The detailed instructions that can be purchased have more detailed instructions about how to make the stencils with the Cricut machine

Click here to see the instructions for Dish Soap Dispenser

For more detailed instructions, purchase the Lesson Plan and Instructions

Lesson Plan and Instructions

This Lesson plan is written for the teacher of this class or an individual who wants to learn how to make the Dish Soap Dispenser.

The PDF file includes:

Suggestions where to buy items to teach the class and what to purchase

A check list to help prepare for the class

Instructions how to cut the stencils with the Cricut machine

An electronic version of the handout instructions

Purchase the Lesson Plan $2.00 – You will download a PDF file

Purchase kits

$4.50 each kit

Kit includes:
“DISH SOAP” stencil
1 ounce bottle of Etching cream. This is enough cream to do 3-5 dispensers. Additional stencils can be purchased to make more dispensers.
Small paint brush
A toothpick
Additional Items needed to complete the project:
Olive Oil Dispenser, water, glass cleaner and paper towels

Purchase additional stencils

$1.00 each

Customized Poster, Invitations and Sign up Sheet

With purchase of this file, Class instructors need to fill out the form below with the date, time, location of the class, and how much you want to charge for the class. The customized file will be sent by email (in PDF format) and will include the poster, invitations and sign up sheet. The instructor just needs to print the file, cut it out and assemble.

Posters are designed to be reused for other classes and activity advertisements. The designs are for a 17” x 23” Dry Erase Board or poster. The Dry Erase Board that is used for these posters was purchased at Michaels craft for $16.99. If you sign up on Michaels website to get their coupons by email, you can watch for a 40% or 50% off coupon to purchase the Dry Erase Board.

Click here for The Board Dudes Dry Erase Board link

The invitations come 4 per page. All you will do is print them and cut them apart.

The Sign up sheet has the same information as the invites

After you purchase the PDF file it will be emailed to you


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 2 reviews

We purchased the kits to use at a Super Saturday and the class was easy to teach. I priced the project before we purchased the kits and it cost about the same amount so I thought it was awesome we could buy the kits already made for the class and I didn't have to run around town and gather the supplies. thanks for the fun idea! I wanted to tell everyone to order extra stencils because you'll want to make more dish soap dispensers for gifts!

Thanks for the nice review. It took me a while to prefect this class but I finally figured out when doing a project with etching cream .. one project without options is the way to go.

by Michelle Kerr on Etched Dish Soap Dispenser

I really wanted to make this soap dispenser for my kitchen but knew there was no way that I could make a stencil that would look good. I was very excited to find your site and be able to order the stencil that I needed, along with all of the necessary supplies! The Dish Soap dispenser turned out great! My one piece of advice is to be VERY careful to not get the etching cream anywhere else on the bottle. I accidentally let a tiny drop sit on the glass for a minute and it left a small mark (no big deal though, it still looks great)! Thank you for selling the stencils for people like me who aren't steady handed. I love it!

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