How To Make A Wooden Soap Dish – 5 Steps Guide

How To Make A Wooden Soap Dish

When I was children, I was always fascinated by how soap works. My mom would bring me to the shower room to watch her use a soap bar to scrub our skin. She would then place a pot of hot water beneath a wooden plate, which she then placed atop the soap.

The soap would begin to melt, and the water would collect in the bottom of the dish, creating a bubbling mess. This is a classic soap-making method, but it’s a little more involved.

If you’re looking to make a wooden soap dish, check out our step-by-step guide. You’ll be able to make a beautiful soap dish in just a few hours.

How to Make Wooden Soap Dish – Steps by Step

The materials required to make a soap dish are –

  • The wood of your choice
  • Circular saw or Jigsaw
  • Planer
  • Wood screws
  • 1 piece of sandpaper
  • Soft cloth
  • Small brush
  • Paint

1. Choose the Right Wood

You can go for a wooden soap dish, but if you are using it as a decorative item, a wooden soap dish should always be made of a material that is durable and easy to clean.

Soap dish is made with woods such as pine, oak, maple, mahogany, ash, and many others. There are several factors that determine the type of wood to use and its cost. 

First, most lumber comes from sustainable forests. The wood is harvested and used in a controlled manner to preserve the forest environment.

However, while you are selecting the best wood for a soap dish, you must also consider the price range and other factors.

2. Prepare the Wood

The second step to making your soap dish holder is to prepare the wood you’re going to be using.

There are two ways to make the wood usable. 

The first way to prepare the wood is to sand the surface smooth, stain the wood, and then put the finish on the wood.

And the second way to prepare the wood is to take fine-grit sandpaper and sand all the rough spots off the wood, leaving the natural beauty of the wood intact. 

Once you’ve prepared the wood, let it sit overnight so the wood can absorb moisture, which will allow the wood to hold its shape better during the soap dish project.

3. Cut and Shape the Wood

Cutting wood into the shape you need can be time-consuming, but with a little practice, it’s not too hard. For the soap dish holder, we took a simple, square, flat plank of oak.

The first step was to cut it with a circular saw

Next, we used a jigsaw to cut it into three equal parts. 

Then, we cut it again to make it square. 

Finally, we used a planer to smooth the wood and take off the rough edges.

4. Sand, Stain, and Paint

To create the wooden soap dish, you’ll need sandpaper, stain, and paint:

  • Sand, the surface of the soap dish to remove any rough edges.
  • Stain the wood, which creates a protective layer and prevents the natural wood grain from showing through.
  • Use paint to add color and finish the soap dish.

5. Apply Finishing Touches

The beauty of this method is that the wood does all the work. Simply slice the log into four sections and then drill a series of holes into each section. 

Fill the holes with wood glue, and then secure the soap dish to the boards with screws. Once the wood is dry, trim any excess off the soap dish, and apply a final coat of paint for a rustic look.


What kind of wood is used for soap dishes?

Wood is a natural, renewable resource that is sustainable and recyclable. Wooden soap dishes are made using a variety of types of wood including oak, hardwood, and poplar.

How do you seal a wood soap dish?

The process of sealing a soap dish is pretty easy. Here are some steps you can take. First, you need to place the container on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Next, cover the entire dish with a thick layer of wax paper and then use a hot iron to seal it shut.

How do you make a homemade soap dish?

There are many different materials to choose from when you are making a homemade soap dish. You can use a variety of ideas and tools to make your own soap dish. You can use different-sized jars, molds, and recycled materials.

How do you use a wood soap saver?

When washing dishes, it’s not unusual for someone to use soap and water to clean the dishes. However, those who have a hard time doing this manually can use a wood soap saver. This device is attached to the faucet and releases water that is soaped up in much the same way as dish soap. They are easy to install and remove for cleaning.


In conclusion, there is no magic formula to creating a soap dish. However, there are ways to make a wooden soap dish that will last a lifetime I explained above.

Soap dishes are simple to make, but they look even better if you take a little extra time and effort with the finishing touches.

Making wooden soap dishes is easy once you know how. You can easily create any shape, size, or pattern you wish by using the right tools. This article shows you how to make a wooden soap dish that I made from scratch. 

Let me know if this guide was helpful in your project. Comment below, and I’ll get back to you soon.

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