I’m betting lots of our readers are Anthropologie fans. How can you not be? The store is the perfect mix of down-to-earth (latte bowls! comfy cotton t’s!) and inspiration (um, $5000+ sofas). Alyssa and I were perusing the store just before the holidays and found so many great token gifts: small items that you leave as a just-because gift, to let people know you’re thinking of them, or to send a small Congratulations or Get Well Soon!
One of our favorite finds was a collection of Monogram Soaps. (If that link has expired, try this photo!) The great thing about these tiny packages is that they are a great product (amazing soap) with a personal touch (personalized monogram suited to the name of your gift-receiver). So I thought I’d share an Anthropologie inspired DIY for how to get the same look, with plenty of tips to suit your own style!
Let’s start with the soap itself. I tend to think that it’s easy to find a lovely soap for any occasion. If you aren’t too picky and going for a nice soap that smells good but won’t break the bank I like Yardley’s soaps, which are available easily in drugstores all over for around $1. You can absolutely keep them in the box and wrap it up- the sharp edges make it super simple! For a mid-priced option, head to your local Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. Both stores offer plenty of bars in scents like lavender, citrus and olive oil for roughly $3-4. For sheer luxury, head to a department store cosmetics section or Sephora- the Fresh bars listed on that page have already completed one step of the DIY process with their pretty packaging! (The L’Occitane bar in the photo is ALSO top-notch: smells great and moisturizes like a boss.)
Paper choices are the next factor: you MUST have some pretty, coordinating paper for a successful soap presentation! The red/pink/black soap is wrapped with scrap-booking paper (head to any craft store for great patterns at about twenty cents a page), while the kraft version has a wrapping paper base. Some additional options for paper are: origami paper, newspaper (especially the brightly colored comics section!) and even the inside of a paper bag, attacked with a Sharpie pattern!
The key to a successful monogram is making it super special! The glitter and shiny tape in these versions makes an eye-catching display- but I also love the idea of recreating Anthropologie’s shadow font with felt pens straight onto the surface of your center paper band.
One last tip I think would rock: paper lace bands! I’m on the hunt for some paper doilies I could slip between the base wrapping and the band for a frilly, pretty vibe.
Happy soap decorating!