Today, I’ve got a fun little craft for you to spruce up your bathroom or kitchen – mason jar soap dispensers! You can make these for your dish soap, hand soap, shampoo, lotion… the possibilities are endless! You can also paint each mason jar to match your decor so you can use whatever scent of soap you like without it clashing! 😉
To start, I made a foaming dispenser for each of our bathrooms, and then two regular pumps for dish soap and hand soap in the kitchen. I made an extra lid with a foaming pump for when I switch to foaming hand soap in the kitchen!
To make these dispensers, all you need are mason jars with the lids & rings, a tape measure, hand drill, step drill bit, hot glue gun, soap pumps, and soap! The step drill bits are a little more expensive than a standard drill bit, but I found them to be totally worth it since they have so many different sizes so you can easily make dispensers with all sorts of different pumps. I’ve included a link to a step drill bit if you’re confused as to what it is – just a note, it is an affiliate link, so I’ll make a little money if you make a purchase after clicking that link. My sister made some of these a while back and just poked a nail through the lid and wiggled it around until it made a large enough hole.. so, you know, you can make a hole that way if you’re afraid of power tools. 😉
I used foaming pumps and soap from Bath & Body Works, and I’ll admit, making the holes for these ones did require a bit of elbow grease, as the holes were 1 1/4 inches in diameter. My regular pumps were only half an inch, so they were a cinch in comparison! Totally worth it, regardless of the size of the hole – just make sure your drill’s battery is all charged up!
These would make awesome homemade gifts for the mason jar lovers in your life! I’m excited that I now have a bit more room in my cupboard so I can get myself more pint & a half wide mouth jars for drinking glasses – they hold just the right amount of water!
To estimate the size of the hole you will need, first take a tape measure, and roughly measure the diameter of the pump piece that will go beneath the lid (this is under the plastic base piece). For my pumps, this was 1 1/4 inch for the foam pump (notice the larger piece under the base) and 1/2 inch for the regular pump.
Place the lid and ring on top of the mason jar and secure tightly. Attach your step drill bit to your hand drill, and drill in the center of the mason jar lid until it reaches the step of the size you previously measured. Place the soap pump into the hole to make sure it fits snugly.
Remove the lid, and trim/pull off any sharp or dangling metal pieces from the inside of the lid. Clean any metal pieces or dust from the jar.
Place the soap pump back into the lid, and hot glue around the sharp edges on the bottom side of the lid. Glue the edges around the pump itself, as well, to keep the pump in place (especially if your hole was slightly too big). Allow the glue to dry.
Fill your jar with soap, place the soap pump lid on top, and tighten the ring. All done! Enjoy your new soap dispenser.