Throwback Thursday: Mason Jar Soap Dispenser Tutorial

Hey there! How are you? I am still enjoying life pre-work. Which means sleeping in, cleaning, painting, and working on projects around the house. I’ve done some good ones and it makes me inspired to tackle more!

If you’ve been around for a while, you know I have a thing for Mason jars. Especially old ones. I collect any I can get my hands on. They don’t all look the same, which is fascinating to me. What is the same though is their uncanny ability to display something ordinary in a wonderful way.

I’ve done a few Mason Jar projects in the past, including DIY-ing my own mercury glass style jars, using them to hold all kinds of things around the house, such as toothbrushes, cotton balls, hot chocolate mix, and dog treats, and use them in decor all the time. But this is the best project yet.

Pretty big build-up right?

mason jar soap pmI found this tutorial on Pinterest last week and knew I had to do this. Like, now. I seldom feel that strongly about things on Pinterest. Or rather, I seldom actually follow-through with the urge so quickly.

Here is the end result on the tutorial I found:How to make your own Mason Jar Soap Dispensers - Awesome tutorial with lots of photos! at #diy #masonjarPretty awesome, right? And the best part- she made it so easy! I had been wanting pretty soap dispensers, but didn’t want to shell out $12+ for nice ones. Mine, were free. That’s right. Free.

I already had everything I needed. Remember, I hoard collect Mason jars. I love to spray paint.

Here is what you need:    IMG_8698

  • Mason jar with lid
  • Soap pump
  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Sharpie
  • Spray paint of your choice
  • Epoxy glue or other that will work on metal
  • Soap!

So I went to work.

I chose my jars by looking for those most unique (the one below is not my fave one, just the first one) and I cleaned them with soap and water. I took a few pumps from soap dispensers (I love love love Bath and Body works soap, plus the pumps look nice) and cleaned them as well by pumping a few times with the tip in water to flush all the leftover soap out.

IMG_8699 IMG_8700

After, I marked the middle of the cap with a small dot using a sharpie.

IMG_8702Then, I used a pointy phillips head screwdriver and a hammer to make a hole where my dot was. I continued making holes around the first one until the pump could fit snugly. The hole is not pretty, but is covered by the pump.

IMG_8703 IMG_8705 IMG_8706Then I took the lid off and painted with my fave Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.

IMG_8707After it was dry I put the lid back on the jar and put the pump in place. I then used my epoxy glue to secure the pump to the lid. This glue is special for metal.

IMG_8701IMG_8712 IMG_8714I let it dry overnight (since I knew it would get some wear and didn’t want any mishaps) …

IMG_8721IMG_8722 I love the star on this one! I think I even said, “because I’m a SUPERSTAR!” when I picked this one out!

Anyways, then I filled the jar with soap. (We love the lemon-scented from B&BW)

Then, it was ready to go!


I looks awesome in our guest bath. Remember the vintage postcards? This takes the vintage to another level!

IMG_8793Y’all. This project was so easy. It took me a total combined time of probably 30 minutes. And I have a soap dispenser that is totally unique!

IMG_8796IMG_8799 And totally lovely.

The hubs loved this project and asked me to make one for hand sanitizer for his office. :) Coming your way babe!

IMG_8801I love the vintage touch it brings to our bathrooms. Soap dispensers can be hard to find. To me they seem so fancy or so cheap. But this one, while costing nothing, looks awesome!

It’s been months that we have been using these and they are still in good shape and look awesome! Basically, I’m still in love with them.

What do you think of this tutorial? Want to make one for yourself? I’d love to hear from you!


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