How To Make A DIY Kitchen Soap Tray To Organize Your Dispensers

Since spring has arrived, I’ve been focused on kitchen organization.  In an effort to tidy up my kitchen sink area, I decided to make this DIY kitchen soap tray to hold my liquid soap and lotion dispensers.  My dispenser bottles also received an upgrade with paint and labels.

DIY kitchen soap tray, dispensers and free printable labels.

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I made this DIY kitchen soap tray from a cedar fence picket. Cedar, in general, is an expensive wood to purchase. Buying it in the form of a fence picket makes it more affordable. It has a natural resistance to rot, so I figured it would be a good choice to use around my kitchen sink.

The drawback to using a fence picket is it will need to be sanded. Breathing in dust from cedar can be bad for your health, so be sure to work in a properly ventilated area and use a respirator rated for saw dust. Always use eye and hearing protection as well.

This project is perfect for a beginner. It involves a few simple cuts and most of the joinery is done with corner braces. I measured my soap bottles and then built the wood tray to accommodate those dimensions. 




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I recommend using printable vinyl sticker paper that is waterproof for these labels.

Free printable soap and lotion dispenser labels for the kitchen sink or bathroom.


It’s easier to sand your fence picket before you cut it in smaller pieces. Use a random orbital sander with a 80 grit sanding disc to take down the rough finish on the fence picket. Then follow up with a 180 grit paper and finish with 320 for a smooth finish. Again, always wear a mask to prevent breathing in saw dust.


All soap dispenser bottles are different sizes. Measure your soap dispenser bottles and cut your boards accordingly. Add an extra 1/4 inch to the front and sides to accommodate for your corner braces. I used a miter saw to make all of my cuts.

Cut dimensions for soap caddy.

It’s important that your cuts are precise. Be sure to measure twice and cut once.

Back Piece: 7 3/8 X 6 inches

Bottom Piece: 7 3/8 X 3 5/8 inches

Front Piece: 7 3/8 X 2 1/4 inches

Two Side Pieces: 3 5/8 X 1 inch

Dry fit your soap holder together to ensure all your cuts line up. Now is the time to make any adjustments to your cuts. Then, using a sanding block, smooth the ends of your boards and remove any rough edges.

Dry fit the soap caddy together before assembling it.


Place your side pieces on a flat surface and run a bead of wood glue along the edge. Then lay your bottom piece on top. Line all of your edges up and make sure they are square. Then, using a brad nailer with 1 1/4″ brad nails, place two nails in each side. Insert the nails from the bottom, like the image below.

How to assemble a wood soap caddy, attach the side pieces.


Be sure to use wood screws that are shorter than the board thickness.

How to build a soap tray, using corner braces.

You will want to pre-drill the holes to avoid splitting the wood. This also makes the assembly easier. Choose a drill bit smaller than your scew and insert it into the drill to match the depth of the hole you want to drill.

How to build a cedar wood kitchen soap tray.

Hold the front panel up to the bottom panel and line it up. Then place the corner braces on the inside corner of the side panel and front panel. While holding the project together, mark the location of your corner brace holes with a pencil.

Then remove the front panel and drill your holes.

How to build a soap dispenser tray, using corner braces.

Attach the corner braces to the front panel with a screw driver. I recommend doing this by hand, so you don’t over tighten the screws. Then slide the front panel into the side panels. Attach the corner braces to the side panels with screws.

How to build a soap dispenser tray, using corner braces.

This is how the inside front panel will look, when finished.

Attaching the front panel for a wood soap dispenser tray.


I used 1 X 3 inch corner braces left over from an Ikea project and painted them with Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. However, the 2 X 2 inch corner braces are available in black and also work well for this project.

Place your back panel against the bottom and side panels. Then mark your holes with a pencil. Pre-drill the holes and add wood screws.

For extra support, I added three brad nails to the bottom back panel into the edge of the bottom board.

How to build a cedar wood kitchen soap tray.

Fill all the nail holes with wood filler, let dry and lightly sand. Use a light colored wood marker to color the wood filler. Wipe your project down to remove any dust. Then add a protective top coat to your project. I used three light coats of Krylon Acrylic coating. Let your project dry over night.

DIY kitchen soap tray, dispensers and free printable labels.


Open the files in the design software of your cutting machine. Load the vinyl into your machine. I used a scrap piece of vinyl, since the words are small in size. Check to make sure the cut settings are set to Vinyl and send your cut job.

Weed the extra vinyl from your words. Then place transfer paper over the image and rub it with an old credit card. Now peel away the backing from your vinyl.  Center the image on your project and rub the back of the paper to transfer the image to the wood. 

DIY kitchen soap tray, dispensers and free printable labels.


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DIY kitchen soap tray, dispensers and free printable labels.
DIY kitchen soap tray, dispensers and free printable labels.
DIY kitchen soap tray, dispensers and free printable labels.

I love the way this DIY kitchen soap tray turned out!  It has that rustic farmhouse style and the natural wood warms up my sink area.  It’s nice to have everything organized and tidy. I hope this project helps you get your kitchen sink area organized, too.



    1. Hi Lindsay. I found the bottles in the Target Dollar Spot area. They were glass and good quality, so I decided to buy them and spray paint them white. We did recently purchase these white bottles from Amazon for our bathrooms. They are for foaming soap and are high quality. The only downside is if you purchase a dark colored soap it slightly shows through the white. Hope this helps!

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