Mason Jar Soap Dispensers

I’ve seen them online and in gift shops for years, and decided it’s time to try making some of my own mason jar soap dispensers! They are easy, fun, cheap to make, and would make great gifts for the upcoming holiday season. You can Google a million different ways to make them, but here’s how I did it. 🙂

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First gather your supplies. You’ll need mason jars with lids, soap dispensers, and some kind of glue or sealant. I got soaps with standard pumps for $1 at the Family Dollar. Clean off the pumps and then you can use the soap in your jars when you’re done!

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Along with using regular mason jar lids, I found these fun gingham jar lids at Target, in the dollar bins! They were made for mason jar drinking cups (with small holes for straws) but I knew I could drill bigger holes and use them for the soap dispensers.

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I had Greg drill holes in the lids using a large drill bit.  Our biggest bit was a little too small for the soap dispensers to slide in, so he had to rock the drill back and forth, and press on the sides of the hole and widen it just a little bit. Don’t be intimidated by this part – the drill popped through the lid without too much effort. You could also use a hammer to poke a hole in the top using a screw driver and just pry open the hole by hand. Just be careful not to cut yourself on the sharp edges.

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Slide in the soap dispenser piece and seal the under side with some sort of waterproof glue. In this case, the dispenser fit pretty snug, which worked great to hold them in place while the glue dried. If they are loose, you’ll have to prop them up to hold the dispenser upright while it dries.

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I used this waterproof silicone sealant because I had it on hand. Let it dry completely – this sealant took 24 hours to cure.

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And that’s pretty much it! Finish off your jars with whatever kinds of accents you feel like. I went with homespun ties and twine bows. I had a few mason jars on hand, but I also picked up these cool purple “vintage style” jars at Tractor Supply on clearance! I knew they’d eventually come in handy! 😀

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After looking at many ideas on Pinterest, I discovered you can use these dispensers for a variety of things…condiments (think ketchup and mustard), hand lotion, dish soap or detergent, hand sanitizer, and more! I’m definitely thinking I will make some for Christmas gifts this year! 🙂

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cheryl
    Aug 14, 2015 @ 20:26:58

    They look great! I had thought about making them at one time but tallied up the price for the pump things that are sold online, the lids, and the jars, and it just seemed like too much cost. I like the idea of buying the soap at the dollar tree and getting the new dispenser with it! Great job!

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    • Eyeballs By Day, Crafts By Night
      Aug 14, 2015 @ 20:36:53

      Thanks Cheryl, I was the same way! I always wanted to make them to sell in my booth, but I thought they were too expensive to make using the pump “kits” sold online. After hoarding mason jars for years and having lids & sealant on hand, the only expense was the soap (and the additional lids from Target, but they aren’t a necessity). I am glad I finally went for it, because they were really easy and fun. Thanks for reading and also taking the time to comment 🙂 ~maggie

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  2. Booth555
    Aug 14, 2015 @ 21:58:34

    Oh I love yours!!!. I did give these a try a while back and loved them.I gave away more as gifts I think than I put in my booth. lol. Everyone seemed to love them.
    The coolest part I love of yours was to use the aqua colored soap in the clear jars. It makes it look just like those old vintage jars that color!
    Love them!
    ~Lisa

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    • Eyeballs By Day, Crafts By Night
      Aug 14, 2015 @ 22:12:15

      Thanks Lisa! I love them too and definitely plan on giving some away as gifts this year. Did they seem to sell well in your booth? No one at my co-op sells them so I am hoping they move. I didn’t even notice that the aqua soap made it look like one of the old jars, but you are right! That’s the cool thing about clear jars…you can fill em up with whatever color you want to match your bathroom/kitchen! 🙂 maggie

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  3. Barbara Briggs Ward
    Aug 25, 2015 @ 00:03:45

    Clever as always!

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