How To: DIY Beautiful Shampoo and Bathroom Bottles

There’s nothing like stepping into your beautiful, blissful bathroom renovation, carefully designed in a minimalist colour palette of tasteful neutrals… only for your eye to be immediately drawn to the stash of colourful, garishly labelled shampoo and conditioner bottles in your shower.

Am I being a little OCD? Yeah, I know it’s a first world problem, but I’m sure I’m also not alone here! Wouldn’t it be nicer if your plastic bottles didn’t bring down your bathroom, but made it look prettier? I searched online for refillable, pretty shampoo and body wash bottles, but came up with nothing. So today I’m sharing my easiest, laziest DIY to date, making your own pretty, refillable shampoo and bathroom bottles.

Of course, you can buy gorgeous, -worthy shampoo, conditioner and body wash bottles from the get-go (I’ve listed a few of those brands at the end of this post) but what if you’re like me and you usually buy the cheap stuff? I know I’ve horrified many a beauty therapist and hairdresser with my love of cheap, affordable supermarket beauty products (have used Nivea on my skin since I was nine, Garnier Fructis on my hair forever… whoops!) They smell so good though, and I go through shampoo and conditioner at a rate of knots (haaaa).

First step is to find nice bottles. I’d get plastic for a bathroom… so much safer during a slippery shower and I like the dark brown look of amber glass (amber plastic?) as opposed to clear bottles as they look more neat and uniform – but use what you like. You can recycle bottles you already have – even some of the home cleaning brands you get at Woolies use amber bottles (just clean them out thoroughly first). I’d also get plastic pumps. I bought an (expensive) metal pump for a Mason jar for my kitchen sink once, it rusted out in about two months. So annoying. I bought my bottles and pumps from . Make sure you get a large enough size – 500mL is good. The stockist I bought from seems to have sold out but I also found some similar bottles

Then you need stickers. Normal paper stickers obviously won’t cut it in a wet room, but at first I couldn’t figure out what to Google search for. Eventually after stumbling upon a gorgeous DIY tutorial at  I found out that for a wet room you need vinyl stickers, which are waterproof and last for ages. With so many people going crazy for essential oils these days, there are a lot of businesses that sell vinyl stickers specifically for plastic and glass bottles, so you’re in luck. I found mine via   I got them from a local Perth business called . They had really pretty fonts.

Then all you have to do is apply your stickers – the ones I got came with instructions and it was super-easy. We all know I like to live life on the edge, so I eyeballed my sticker placement but you can measure them out and tape if you want them all really precise. Then you just need to decant your products into the new bottles… which I found oddly satisfying, being a dork. And then you’re all done! Putting stickers on a bottle; you don’t get an easier DIY project than that!

Aesop goodness from this home tour.

And if you can’t be bothered doing a DIY or don’t have the time, I’ve scouted a few gorgeous brands that have beautiful, counter worthy packaging for beauty and cleaning products (definitely no need for decanting here!) These delicious bottles are so beautiful you’ll just keep them and refill them for good.

Would you do a DIY like this or do you think I am being a bit obsessive? I think I already know what the husband will say… actually on second thoughts, he probably won’t say anything. He has been remarkably careful to keep his mouth politely closed lately, given I am pregnant and likely to scream, cry or wail in pain at the drop of a hat, like that other day when I discovered he ate the last chocolate biscuit (he eventually went and bought more). Pregnancy super powers. Maya x


Author: Maya Anderson

When Maya Anderson was thinking of a name for her homes and design blog, nothing seemed more fitting than Modaokon. Obsessed with everything to do with houses, renovating and interior design, Maya is a features journalist by training with a background in print and a focus on homes and real estate. She has been renovating her 1970s house since forever, loves dogs and can eat her body weight in dumplings.

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  • Woman after my own heart, I also have issues with the mismatched bottles! I may also have a big issue when my kids don’t finish a bottle before opening a replacement… Then there’s two partially used bottles… Uurgh. I am so doing this, brilliant! X

    • Oh no Kirsty! I think I take after your kids… I also have a bad habit of not finishing a bottle before opening the replacement! Hopefully now I am more motivated to be more scrupulous. Thank you – hope it turns out well, will look lovely in your house! x