This awesome Mason Jar foaming soap dispenser is so easy to make! It will dress up your bathroom sink and make your soap last longer! An awesome upgrade for your bathroom!
My littlest boy is famous for using a lot of soap… apparently the thinking is that the more soap you use the cleaner your hands are. Add to that the fact that my middle one is a bit of a compulsive hand washer and there are five of us using the bathroom every day… well we go through a lot of soap.
A few years ago I bought a Lysol foaming hand soap mostly to get a hold of the container. I knew as soon as it was gone I’d go back to my favorite hand soap (I love the Honest Company’s) and be refilling it for a long time.
You see here is the beauty of the foaming soap dispenser, you can mix what ever liquid soap you like with water and refill over and over again. Your kids who like to use a lot of soap get the nice thick bubbles, but it only uses a fraction of the soap!
A money saver that makes everyone happy… that is a winner in my book .
Except you see, I didn’t like the bottle. The label had come off, it was kind of a dingy green color and just not making me feel happy. I found a few pretty nice ones on Amazon and thought about ordering one…
But then I was struck by genius, and my love for Mason jars… could it be done??
Why yes it can!! If you already have a mason jar and lid, and a foaming soap dispenser this project is super inexpensive, and quite frankly I think the Mason jar has more character than any other dispenser I’ve found!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1- Mason Jar (pint size)
- 1- Foaming Soap pump
- 1- Mason jar lid ring
- A white plastic lid-(mine was from a tub of sour cream)
- White Spray paint (optional)
- Clear Acrylic Silicone
- Clear marbles (optional)
- Scissors or an x-acto knife
- a marker
- Your favorite hand soap
If you want your Mason Jar lid ring to be white go ahead and spray it before getting started. It will need to dry before we get started. You can leave it gold or silver if you’d like, I would have loved to find a vintage lid for this project, but since I couldn’t I opted for painting mine.
Now we’re going to cut up your lid so that it will fit in your metal ring. If you have the metal insert that goes in it, use it as a template and just trace a circle around it. If you don’t then just lay your ring down on your lid and trace around it, cut a little within the line and then trim it until it fits. It doesn’t have to be perfect!
Once you have your circle cut out you want to mark where you’ll be cutting for your pump to go through. I made two lids, one with the hole in the exact center, and the other with it slightly off center so the pump sits toward the front of the jar. I much prefered the off center one so I highly recommend it. Different pumps make a difference but with mine when it was in the center it was a little harder to pump and some of the soap ended up on the jar. Also slightly off center makes the edge of the pump sit on the metal part of the lid giving it a little extra strength.
So I recommend marking just slightly off center.
Now if my husband had been involved in this project I’m sure the next steps would include some techincal measuring and cutting… I just winged it.
It’s pretty easy to judge the size of your pump and cut a hole the same size. Start a little smaller than you think and then you can make it a little bigger. Once again this doesn’t have to be perfect. You just don’t want the hole bigger than the part of the pump that sits on the top.
Now once you have your hole cut go ahead and insert it into the metal lid and twist it on to your Mason jar. Make sure the hole is positioned where you want your pump to go. My jar is a cute old one and I wanted to make sure the lettering was in the front. If your jar is plain it doesn’t make a difference.
Now take your silicone and goop it generously around the edge of the screwy part of your pump. (Goop and screwy part are, by the way, technical terms)
Now place your pump into the hole in your lid. Run your finger around the edge to smooth out the silicone and remove any excess.
At this point you’re almost done! Now you just have to let it sit for about 12 hours for the silicone to dry completely.
When you’re ready to use it you can mix up some soap. I like to use about 1/4 cup soap to 1 1/2 cups water. Combine them and stir really well. Then you can pour it right into the dispenser.
I added a handful of clear marbles to the bottom of mine for two reasons. The practical one is that the tube of my pump didn’t reach the bottom, so having the marbles in there fills that space that the soap isn’t going to get pumped out of anyway. The other reason (not so practical) is that they are very pretty and add a little something more to the whole thing!
Are you a Mason Jar fan?? I’d love for you to try this project and let me know how it works for you!
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