Concrete Soap Dish DIY




About: I'm Julian, in late 2016 I discovered the craftsman in me and started a YouTube Channel named 1989go. I renamed my Channel to "Julian Do It"

Hello you! This Instructable is about how to make a modern concrete soap dish without borders. In my Video you also see how I made it. Have fun watching & reading! Let's go!

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Step 1: Cut Wood to Size

Cut the wooden board to the desired size. I've chosen 8x8cm because it fits the best for the most soaps I use. The size you chose here will be the size of the soap dish at the end.

Step 2: Make Wood Grain Embossed

Take a chisel and hold it at an angle. Remove wood from where the wood grain is colored lighter. Give it a light sanding after finishing the work with the chisel.

Tip: Use Double-sided adhesive tape to stop piece from moving

Step 3: Saw the Sides

Use the saw to make 4 side pieces. The length should be the length of your base + the thickness of the wooden board but it's not important to be too exact if you arrange the sides the way it's shown in the picture. Use adhesive tape to tape everything together and make sure to cover very well where wood pieces meet.

Step 4: Paint With Oil

Use common household oil (or mold releasing product) to paint the inside of the mold. The oil helps the concrete not to stick to the mold.

Step 5: Pour Concrete

Mix concrete with water (the best amount of water for your concrete mix is written in product information on packaging) and pour it. I put in concrete until it was about 1cm thick. Shake it very well to make the air bubbles come out. Cover with a plastic foil and place it in a shady place. Wait for the concrete to cure. How Long it takes for the concrete to cute is also written on concrete mix packaging.

Step 6: Remove Form

Remove the mold after curing time. It should look similar to the one in the picture.

Step 7: Add Feet

Add little feet so that your sink won't scratch. I just cut little pieces from a hot glue stick and glued them to the bottom. I made the feet ~3mm thick.

Step 8: Seal the Soap Dish

Use a concrete sealer to seal your new soap dish. I used a matte lacquer and applied it twice.

Step 9: The Final

Choose your favorite soap and place it in your bathroom.

Enjoy & have a nice day.

More DIY Videos and inspiration on my Channel Julian Do It (formerly 1989go).

I'm sorry for all spelling mistakes. I'm not a native english speaker, but I'm very happy if you tell me when there's a typo ;)

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    14 Discussions


    2 years ago

    That looks really good and modern! I like it

    1 reply

    2 years ago

    ...and when you use up the soap, the DISH can ALSO clean up whatever you got on you...along with a few layers of skin! Think of it as "LAVA with EXTRA SCRUBBING POWER!"

    1 reply
    Julian Do Itlarry03052

    Reply 2 years ago

    Hey! I'm using the soap dish at least once a day since I uploaded the video on YouTube and still have all my layers of skin.

    I also tested normal use before uploading it btw, but I have to confess I didn't try out scrubbing the soap dish all over my skin.

    In the video I also lightly sand the base. I added it to step "Make Wood Grain Embossed".


    2 years ago

    That's really pretty, I like how you did the texturing on the concrete :)

    1 reply
    Julian Do ItSwansong

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you, I thought it's a little detail what makes it different from other soap dishes and makes it special :)