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Make a Simple Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

Today’s post is a super simple project utilizing one of my favorite things…a mason jar! It’s amazing all the things you can do with a humble mason jar! They’re inexpensive, come in lots of different sizes, and are a crafter/DIY’ers dream!

This might be one of my favorite mason jar ideas! It takes just a few minutes to turn one into a dispenser for liquid soap or hand lotion. Super handy and looks great on a countertop!

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

Here is everything you need for this functional project:

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

Start by making a small hole in the center of the lid with the X-acto knife. Slowly make the hole bigger – just large enough to make the pump flush with the lid.

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

I used a screw driver to make the hole a bit bigger, and then finished with the wire cutters. It won’t be a perfect circle, but it will work just fine! :-) Just try to make a nice snug fit.

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

Then I used a hammer to flatten some of the sharp, pointy pieces of the lid that were sticking up. You could also use the bottom of your screwdriver handle, if you don’t have a hammer handy.

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

Before you glue the pump to the lid, you’ll want to  glue the lid together, assuming you’re working with a 2-piece lid. Let this glue dry for a few minutes before finishing up.

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

Now all that’s left to do is put some glue around the base of the hole to form a nice seal, and you are done!

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

You, my friend, have just made your own mason jar soap dispenser! I have to say I was pretty excited about how mine turned out. Just think what a nice gift they would make filled with homemade hand soap, body wash or lotion!

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • Love love love this! And can see having one container for hand soap (my special Jillee hand soap!) and one for my dishwashing liquid. I live with 4 adult kids, so the Dawn bottle is rarely off my counter. This would really spiff up the look!
    My counter top thanks you and I thank you!

  • I also did this project but with the drill like another commenter did. This seems easier since the drill makes me nervous. Thanks for sharing. I had been saving a few pumps to make more. Now I won’t feel so hesitant about getting it done.

  • My boys did this with an old soap dispenser, but without the glue. So the glue is a great idea to seal it to prevent leaking. We did use the foaming pump and added extra water to the soap. But the inside of the ring and hole rusted and then the soap became brown from the rust. Wondering if you had any rusting or if sealing with glue solves the rusting problem? Just a heads up in case you do decide to use this as a gift idea!

  • I have made a similar one using tiny glass milk bottles. Where I live there’s a dairy that bottles and sell. This brand is wildly popular. With the dispenser I occasionally have to switch out the pump when it breaks. So hopefully it wouldn’t be too hard to switch that part out.

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