DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

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Mason jars are great to re-use in craft projects and one popular use is to make one into a lotion or soap dispenser.

It’s not hard to make this transformation.  The trickiest part is in preparing the lid to hold your dispenser.

There are a few different ways to do this.  You can either purchase lids with the holes pre-drilled in the top to accept a dispenser or you can drill the holes yourself with a special metal drill bit in the correct size.

For this project, I didn’t do either of those two options and instead used materials that I already had in my craft room.  I didn’t even buy a soap dispenser and instead recycled one from a bottle that I was no longer using.

To prepare the lid, I first used a trusty nail and hammer.  I pounded three holes close together in the middle of the lid.  I then placed a screw driver over the three holes and pounded lightly to get a large slit through the middle:

I then had enough room to slip the tip of my tin snips through and cut a circle for my dispenser mechanism.  I started small and continued to enlarge the hole until the dispenser fit through the hole snugly.

After that, it was just a matter of assembling my mason jar with the soap dispenser.  To add a little extra embellishment, I glued a blue flower to the front and tied some jute string around the neck.  Then, I filled the jar with soap and put it in it’s place on the bathroom sink!

It was a super easy project that didn’t cost me a dime to complete since I recycled and made use of tools that I already had.

Here are some other soap dispensers that I made with replacement lids that I purchased from Factory Direct Craft.

mason jar soap dispensers

What have you recycled into a fun new use for your home?  I would love to hear about your creative ideas!

Happy Crafting!

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  1. LOVE THIS!!! I’m redecorating my daughter’s apartment and this will be PERFECT in her bathroom!! I just love your blog. Thank you so much for wonderful ideas!

    1. Thanks Camille! My daughter wants me to make some for her place too 🙂

  2. I LOVE this!! I will certainly be making this craft for my husband’s bathroom this weekend. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea.

    1. Great Kisha! Have fun with the project!

  3. I have my jars loaded in the truck waiting to go to recycle. now I will bring them back and give them a new pupose…Thank you so much for all the great ideas.

  4. Were could a person purchase the pumps?

    1. Many craft supply stores sell them. I also like They have a nice variety.

  5. you didn’t say how you got the lids on the mason jars to look rusted!!!

    1. Hi Jude,
      I purchased those lids from Factory Direct Craft. I added the link to the post 🙂

  6. I love this idea! Thanks for the info, I will be trying this in the near Future

  7. I love this Idea! Thanks for the info, I will be trying this in the near future!

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