Holiday

My Soapy Valentine

"Grown Up" Dish Soap Valentine / 7thhouseontheleft.com

Growing up, I loved handing out Valentines Day cards to my friends. Most of the time, I made them myself, but there were a few years when I remember picking out a few boxes of the pre-made character ones. When I was 17, I handed out Bob the Builder cards… yeah… I still have no idea why. I haven’t handed out Valentine’s cards in a few years – probably since college. I guess I figured I was too old for it now. You’d think I would have thought that when I was 17, right? But this year, I thought it would be fun to revive my love for Valentine’s Day cards and come up with a fun something special to hand out to my gal pals.

"Grown Up" Dish Soap Valentine / 7thhouseontheleft.com

I kept having trouble coming up with a fun, original, “not completely corny but still cute” idea until I saw these little, freakishly adorable, bottles of Mrs Meyer’s dish soap in the dollar section at Target. Aren’t they cute?? I loved the reddish/coral label – perfect for Valentines – and it smells super yummy too.

"Grown Up" Dish Soap Valentine / 7thhouseontheleft.com

The first thing I did was get to work designing a few tags for the bottles. I asked my brother to help me come up with “punny” soap sayings. You’d think with him being a professional singer/songwriter, he’d be able to come up with something good, right? Well, the first thing he said was, “Just add water…you’ll make my heart bubble”. Umm. No, Abram. No. We ended up with “I was soapin’ you would be my Valentine” (which, as it turns out, with a quick Google search seems to be a pretty popular line among the internet) and “You can always count on me in sticky situations”. Hahahaha… Now that I’m sitting down to write this post, it’s been a few hours since I worked on this project and I still think that’s way too funny.

Since the labels had a lot of straight fonts, I decided to use a fun “scriptish” font for a nice juxtaposition of styles. Is it weird I think about things like that? I was able to print 16 labels per sheet on a piece of 8.5×11 kraft card stock (you can find this at most craft stores, I got mine at Micheals). Click HERE to download the labels! 

"Grown Up" Dish Soap Valentine / 7thhouseontheleft.com

I cut out each label and punched a hole at the top using a 1/4″ hole punch, then fastened the tag to the bottle using some gold and white baker’s twine. Since the baker’s twine was so thin, I had to tie a good amount around the bottle before attaching the tag because it kept slipping between the bottle and the cap. This next bit of info might seem a little obvious, but people have asked before. If you tie a normal “gift bow” to fasten the tag, the tag itself will stick out perpendicular to the bottle. In order for your tag to hang down straight, cut a long piece of twine, bring both ends together, and insert both ends of the twine in the hole at the same time. Bring it through the hole and through the loop of twine on the other side of the tag, then tie your normal bow.

"Grown Up" Dish Soap Valentine / 7thhouseontheleft.com

And there you have it, a perfect “grown up” Valentines to give to your gal pals. Hey, who says you have to be under the age of 12 to hand out Valentines?! ; )

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    caroline [the diy nurse]
    February 10, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I wish I had real life friends like you! So sweet 🙂 And I went trick or treating at 16 so I feel ya 😉

    • Reply
      Ashley
      February 10, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      Awww, haha, thank you! That’s so sweet!

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    Kristin P
    February 10, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    What a cute idea! I saw those little dish soaps in Target, too. I started loading them into my cart, but then I couldn’t justify why or when I would ever use them, so sadly they went back on the shelf.

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      Ashley
      February 10, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      Go back and get them!

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    Julia
    February 10, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Where’d you get the little bottles of Mrs. Meyers dish soap?

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      Ashley
      February 10, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      At Target in the Dollar Spot section : )

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    melodee
    February 10, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    what a darling idea! how fun would this be to receive from a friend 🙂 ?

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    Mashell
    February 10, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    LOL! This post cracked me up! When I first read the line your brother came up with I was thinking “That’s a good one! Ashley’s being a bit harsh…” 2 minutes later: “A bubbling heart? Yeah, ok, that’s bad.” hahahaha!

    Very cute project! A good change up from the typical candy/sweets gift.

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      Ashley
      February 10, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      Haha! Yeah, though I did appreciate his effort, haha!

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    ashley @ sunnysideshlee.com
    February 11, 2014 at 11:43 am

    cute idea!

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    Michelle | Birds of Berwick
    February 11, 2014 at 11:45 am

    These are really cute! I’m not a celebrator of Valentine’s Day, but this is so cute, neutral and sweet I’m tempted to hand some out in the office! What a nice switch-up from all the flowers/chocolates!

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    Amanda
    February 11, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Bought some of these on my way home. SO cute. Printing now! And they even have a coupon on them for $1 off—if you can find some where people haven’t ripped them off yet. Great idea for the girlfriends!

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    Joe
    February 11, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Love this! This post also introduced me to a lot of cool things currently in the One Spot section at Target. And, I walk in Target *a lot* so that’s saying something! haha.

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      Ashley
      February 11, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      Hahaha! Thanks, Joe! : )

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    Erin @ The Great Indoors
    February 16, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Thanks for the bow-tying tip! That will help a ton next Christmas… I never could figure out how to make my tied labels look right.

    • Reply
      Ashley
      February 16, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Glad it helped! : )

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