Sunday, August 15, 2010

Make a Canning Jar Soap Dispenser


I fell in love with this idea the minute I saw it... 


Canning jar soap dispensers are a fun and easy gift or useful item to make!
I have used our pump everyday for over a year now and it has held up beautifully.
That is saying a lot when you have four kids and a farmer husband.

I picked up the jar for 50 cents and a lid for $2 at a tag sale...so the whole project was really economical.




If you are interested in purchasing the antique zinc lids and blue Ball canning jars, Ebay or Craigslist are a great place to search.
I typed in "zinc canning jar lids" on Ebay and there were so many available for a reasonable price!
The same was true when I searched under "blue Ball canning jars."
 I loved that there were so many different sized blue jars! 
Tags sales are also a good avenue.
If you find it too pricey to get your hands on zinc lids, ANY canning jar lid will do!!
The lids and rings, as well as the plastic lids are great!

The pump is from a bottle of Suave lotion. It was the perfect zinc color.
You can also buy pumps from a craft supply store or online HERE.
I like to use what I have on hand, so the pump from the Suave lotion is perfect:).
To clean the pump out, just put it in a jar of warm soapy water and pump away until it is clean.






To make the soap/lotion dispenser:

 Measure the width of the top portion of your pump... the part with the spring in it.
Mine measured 1.5cm wide.


 Mark the center of your lid {on the top} with a small dot.




 The inside of the lid has a ceramic underside. You will need to remove it.



To do this, place the lid right side up with the ceramic side down on a hard surface.
Using a nail, or thin screw driver, tap a hole through the top....right on your mark.
This way, the ceramic is face down and will not shatter in your face:).






After you make the hole, this is what the underside will look like...




To remove the ceramic cap, I try to just tap it really hard right side up.
Most of the time, it will just fall out. If it won't budge, use protective gloves and remove it manually.
Be careful! You are dealing with sharp objects:).

Next, you will want to make a mark on the underside to use as a guide for your hole to put the pump in.
I {roughly} measure 1.5 cm in an "X" pattern to give me my dimensions.



Using needle nose pliers, slowly start to peel back the zinc. It is a light metal and easily bendable.
Remember, you are not going for perfection....just a hole big enough to fit the pump in.
It doesn't need to be perfectly round!
It is better to be on the snug side, as a hole too big will make the pump tend to be a bit floppy.
So, err on the side of being too small, test your pump as you go.
It is so easy to make the hole a little bigger!



 When the hole is sufficient to hold the pump, crimp the remaining tin back flat with your pliers so there are no sharp edges.
At this point, you have the option of sealing your lid with a clear polyurethane so that it won't corrode.
{Thanks Jody for the tip!!}
Make sure it is completely dry before inserting the pump:).





Now, insert the pump. It should be nice and snug and the top will cover the hole nicely.





Now to glue it in place.
I use my good old hot glue gun.
There are probably other great alternatives out there, but so far hot glue has held up wonderfully!
I tried Gorilla Glue once and it was a mistake for this project. So, if you are wanting to try something other than hot glue, just look for a waterproof product that dries quickly and doesn't expand.

Making sure the pump is firmly in place, first glue right along the base of the pump to the underside of the lid.


Next, add a little more glue to the pump... adhering a little more to the underside.
You want it to have a good base to hold it securely in place.


Let it dry thoroughly.
Last, you will need to trim off a small amount from the straw portion of the pump.
Insert it into the jar and estimate about how much needs to come off.
I like the bottom of the straw to be about 1/4 of an inch from the base of the jar.
Measure your straw and then measure the height of the jar to the rim.
This will help you determine where to cut.
I cut off about 1/2 inch of the Suave Lotion pump and had a quart sized jar.


Screw on the lid and whalaa!
You are finished....now wasn't that easy?


The dispensers are great gifts for birthdays, Christmas, hostess gifts, or just to use in your own home!
They pair really well with handmade dish towels:). 


Any canning jar will do. 
I personally have a clear jar as well as the antique blue version and both look beautiful!

Here is another example from Heather Bullard....
http://heatherbullard.typepad.com/heather_bullard_collectio/2010/02/diy-mason-jar-soap-dispenser.html




You can fill your jar with soap {or lotion}. I use mine in the bathroom and by the kitchen sink. I really like a clear soap. Costco's environmentally safe dish soap is wonderful and the scent is delicious!




The soap lasts forever and you have to fill it up so infrequently. 
With four kids and a farm we do a lot of hand washing around here:). 


Have a great day!


~Julia

96 comments:

Ashley said...

This is fabulous! Funny thing is just this week I've already started to make my list of things to make for Christmas. My side of the family is big so I need to start now in order to make the money stretch!

I've contemplated making aprons for all the girls and then giving them with a cookbook... or perhaps little checkbook covers? Not sure...

Thanks for sharing such a great idea!

Leslie said...

these are adorable...i have a love for jars...they are all over my kitchen and my house. this would look so much prettier on my counter than that yucky white dishsoap bottle.

Robin said...

la la la love these!!! Thanks for the heads up on the Costco soap too! I think I'll have to go buy me some the next time I'm there. Looks like you had an awesome time searching for treasures this week!
~Robin

The Autocrat: Haley said...

oooo thanks for sharing where you found the pump. Looks great!

The Prudent Homemaker said...

This is beautiful! I linked to it on my site on my Frugal Gifts page.

Julia said...

Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments! Ashley...I made aprons one year for all of the girls and gave them each a cookbook and cute spatula. They all LOVED it and are still using everything today:). The checkbook covers would be wonderful, too!

Prudent Homemaker...thanks so much for including me on your Frugal Gifts page!! I visit your site often. {Girls, you should see what she has to offer...it is amazing!! The link is on my sidebar.} You have wonderful ideas!!

~Julia

skoots1mom said...

just love their simplicity ;)

Marianne said...

So neat. If I was able to send these to Norway I would totally do these as gifts this year. Maybe I can talk my hubby into giving these to his family instead. I did homemade gifts last year and I am planning on doing it again this year.

Angela said...

I love it! I know what I'll be doing this weekend. :-)

Sisterlisa said...

I added this to my StumbleUpon reviews. Good job!

Terrell said...

LOVE this!! I so want to make one!!! Thank you for the inspiration! I am happy to be your newest follower and would love to have you as a friend at Frou Frou Decor! I would also like to invite you to my Fabulous Friday Finds party, every Friday! Hope to see you there!
Hugs,
~Terrell @ FFD~

Amy Bowman said...

oh how I love these! I must make one for myself...
Thanks for linking up to "AP Tuesdays" @ New Nostalgia! Hope to see you next week!

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Love the idea! Thanks for the tutorial and the heads up about the Costco soap. We live on five acres in the country and do a lot of hand-washing around here, too. ;o)
Have a great day!
~ Jo :)

McKell said...

totally making these for neighbor gifts, thanks so much for the idea!! yay :) i might get too excited & start making them already, haha!

come check out my blog too if you'd like :)

Heather said...

Love this idea. Please come link it up to Fabulous Friday, open till Tuesday.
Heather @ www.savingmoneylivinglife.com

Amy Bowman said...

Your post was very popular this week at "AP Tuesdays" I will be featuring you tomorrow! Thanks for linking up such a great post!

Rachelle said...

This is so great! I'll have to try it. Saw your link on Made By YOu Monday!

Darcy said...

Wonderful idea - I love it! (and I found you from Amy's post!)

Ott, A. said...

What a great idea. I wanted to invite you to my "Canning Week Blog Party" that I'm hosting on my blog this week. We are trying to educate and encourage others to can. I have a linky party with canning tips, as well as craft projects to do with your canning jars when their isn't food in them. Your post would be perfect. I hope you will stop by and link up, it should be a lot of fun!!!

Rebekah said...

Very nice idea. Anyway to subscribe via email? THanks.

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

LOVE these!

Melissa said...

Awesome. Now I have a reason to save all the lotion pumps. I am sure the Mister will love that ha ha. Thanks for sharing!

Kate @ Bliss and That said...

I LOVE these! Saw them in Country Living and thought they were just the cutest things... Also, I heard about the Costco soap from somewhere else and just had to buy some. It DOES smell divine! :)

Anonymous said...

there are really nice metal pumps on line that match the tops even better at one dream design web site.

NattybyDesign said...

what a great idea! totally going to do it for my kitchen sink.

Mikey said...

What a great and easy project!
Now following. I want to see more!

~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Hi! I just found you at Funky Junk. LOVE this idea. I need to go find a few pumps and try it. Your blog is really fun...I'm going to look around some more. Nice to meet you...visit me if you have time. With 4 kids I'm sure you're busy! ~Ann
Oh and I'm following you now. :o)

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

Saw this at Funky Junk too. wondering - does just gluing this in place make it sturdy enough? Gonna go check out more of your sweet blog now!

Vicky said...

I REALLY want to make this for myself. Does anyone have a glue that they WOULD recommend? I'm new to crafting so I don't know my glues or anything very well.

Thanks!

And thanks for the post! I've been looking to buy a fun soap dispenser for ages and haven't found one I love. This will be it!

Lindsay [rookie's nest] said...

this is so so beautiful - i LOVE mason jars. i also just had a post about reusing household items. amazing! x

Laura Wilkerson said...

I love this idea!!! I have tons of mason jars and lids around here from canning and this is going to be on my handmade Christmas gift list too :) I'm actually making quilt rugs and custom tile coasters for gifts this year. We're like you....lots of kids, lots of love and little money! lol I know this post is an older one but I totally found your blog through Pinterest....that place is awesome! Stop by and visit my blog anytime :)

Kindra said...

Love this idea! Just found you via Pinterest. I'm your newest follower. Here's to contentment!

Be Blessed!

http://gardenofeden-craftsfamily.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! These jars are hard to find here in blue, they tend to run at least $5 or more each.

Bonnie said...

Love this idea. What a great blog.

emilie said...

What a wonderful idea! And what a great present. I can't wait to make some and give them away! I've seen a few tutorials on how to make different coloured soaps too.

Thanks!

Emilie
www.liveeatsmile.blogspot.com

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

Wow, I'm crazy about this idea. I found you through pinterest. What an awesome blog. I'll definitely try your idea--for hand soap too! Thanks for the inspiration.

Warmly, Michelle

Healthy Branscoms said...

Your blog is awesome! I became a follower! I just recently bought one of these at a craft boutique and it was CRAZY expensive! :) Erin

www.healthybranscoms.com

chelsa said...

Just found your blog and I hope you don't mind that we shared it with our readers on www.emergingeden.com . We love it!!

jaimie said...

I love this idea!! How wonderful! Do you think you could put a picture up of what the top looks like?

Mace :) said...

Tonight I started making Soap & Body Scrubs...new to it all. I made 3 Different easy body scrubs and I attmepted to make some coconut soap and I will see how that turns out when it turns solid. I would love to make some liquid soap next JUST so I can make some of these Ball Jar Soap Dispensers!! Thanks for sharing!

Lisa said...

I can't even remember how I got here, (fell down the rabbit hole from a pinterest challenge) but this is just too awesome! What a great idea and such a clear, concise tutorial to boot!

Okay, and can we please talk about how gorgeous your flowers are?! Zinnias?

millerjess said...

Can you please tell me where I can find zinc lids? This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing it.

Courtney said...

Love this idea. Thank you for the tutorial.

~Kat~ said...

I linked to this post in my blog!
Thanks for the idea! :)
http://extraordinaryspace.blogspot.com/2011/12/confessions.html

sharon said...

i love your entire blog!!! just got started on pinterest and found the mason jar soap dispenser!!! love it.....i am a collector of old mason jars.....

Sew Shabby Designs said...

Hope you don't mind me leaving a link on my page to this tut. Love it!!! Thanks!

Sara said...

I was tracking with you until "it will crack...just toss it." I guess antique zinc lids with ceramic liners are more common in your area than mine. Here they are collected and not drilled upon. I love the idea but, I will use a modern lid with my antique jar. There are spray paints for metal now that can mimic an antique look.

Jen said...

Love this....especially not having to buy a new drill bit for the whole. Am making my liquid soap and soon will have the perfect dispenser. Thanks!

Kim said...

I've wanted one of these since seeing them in Pottery Barn. Thanks for the tutorial. I knew it couldn't be hard.
So glad I stumbled upon your blog.
Following~~~~

Jill said...

Cute! Thanks so much for a great tutorial. I know it can be time consuming to take pictures along the way, but it was a good visual and helped! Smiles, Jill

Amy said...

Great tutorial. Thanks.. Have been wanting to make one of these forever

Mary in England said...

I found a picture on pinterest, and it linked to your blog. I was thrilled with the tutorial - so simple, yet had any of us thought of it we'd all have had them already. So, thank you for such a creative idea. I purchased an old metal cake stand (also an idea from pinterest) to declutter my sink area. I've put the bottles of soap and lotion as well as my dish sponge on top, and it looks good. I'm going downstairs right now to make my first soap dispensing canning jar. Wish me luck!
Cordially,
Mary in England
http://www.pondjumper.tumblr.com

Anonymous said...

I found this on Pinterest and was immediately inspired! Thanks for the easy step by step instructions for a non-crafty person like myself. We love our new soap dispenser and my boys see their mom in a new light now!

Barrett Family said...

Hi there!

New follower from Pinterest. Funny that I found this because I just bought my jar and pump to make mine. Yours turned out beautifully!


Allison
http://barretts1234.blogspot.com/

Unknown said...

I love these jars and tagged them so I can make them as gifts. I also love the name of your site- Blissfully content. Our family is striving to live a simpler life and your site is very inspiring.

mysonflower said...

So brilliant, thanks for the wonderful DIY tutorial. Thanks to pinterest I found you and am so glad I did.

jody! said...

thank you so much for this how-to! i've seen a few other sites with instructions, but none were as thorough and easy as yours. i ran into some trouble because i didn't know how to get the ceramic lid out and no other instructions even acknowledged that there was a ceramic piece in the zinc lid. but then i found yours and it worked great. again, thank you!

Anonymous said...

Julia, you are my idol! You have wonderful ideas!

Anonymous said...

I also found you on pinterest and immediately found 3 of these jars. Can't live in the country and NOT have these great dispensers! Thanks for the tutorial!

Anonymous said...

I just made one and absolutely love it!! Thank you so much for a really great tutorial! You expained everything so well. I will be following a lot more of your ideas.

Mrs. Great Indoors said...

I found you via Pinterest (seems to be a common theme!). Love this project, and I'm hoping to use it in a friend's bathroom makeover. Thanks for the great tutorial!

Erin @ The Great Indoors

Mrs. Great Indoors said...

I found you via Pinterest (seems to be a common theme!). Love this project, and I'm hoping to use it in a friend's bathroom makeover. Thanks for the great tutorial!

Erin @ The Great Indoors

Alicia said...

Just made this for my grandparents' country home! Its absolutely adorable! Thank you for such a great idea! I also posted it on my blog: http://lishylu.tumblr.com/post/26170686085/diy-blue-ball-mason-jar-soap-dispenser

Again, thank you for the great idea!!!

Jodi said...

This one is on my "to craft" list-also for Christmas gifts. I am thinking I will add some glass etching to personalize them for their recipients :)
Thanks for the photos!

Kate said...

I love this! So cute, perfect for the kitchen :)

Zinc Soap said...

such lovely pictures...i like all the items... thanks

Anonymous said...

I love the idea of making a bigger pump for my dish soap however the idea of that glass on the sink does not give me good feelings. I do have a lot of plastic peanut butter jars, so I will be making one out of those this weekend. thank you!

The Girls from Whimsically Homemade said...

Hey there! Just wanted to let you know we featured you in our Favorite Find Fridays post over at Whimsically Homemade. We used one of your pictures and linked back to you. If that's a problem let us know and we'll remove it immediately. Thanks for your great inspiration!

Anonymous said...

I just made one and it took less than 5 minutes. Can't wait to make some for gifts. Thanks.

Michelle Gillies said...

This was such a simple and clever idea that I made two before I even finished reading it. Of course now I have to go back and finish it up with the glue gun as I got ahead of myself.
Thank you,
Michelle Gillies

Retro Girl said...

Thank you for the clear directions and photo. I made mine tonite!!! Love these!!

Sham Watson said...

This was an awesome idea to make something different. I really love your pretty design.

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thanks a lot....

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Becky Grace said...

I love this website. Thank you for the clear instructions on the soap dispenser. I just made mine and I love it. I used the jars with the lid and ring cause its what I have a ton of. Im also making one that has a piece of cute fabric glued to the lid before I screw on the ring. I think you can make some cute looking country "picnic jelly" looking jars. It will give it a splash of color. The clear soap looks great in it too!! Thanks so much for your ideas. They are going to make great gifts too!!
~Becky

DECO☆deniquo said...

thanks for the great idea and the easy tutorial. i'm so gonna try it -but with pickle jars. hard to imagine, i know, but where i live canning jars and mason jars are a bit on the expensive side for the project. i'll let you know when i'm done ;)

http://www.decodeniquo.blogspot.com

Jeff Patterson said...

Thanks Julia for making this tutorial. I hope you don't mind but I shared it over on my Facebook page.

Keep up the great work.

Anonymous said...

Is it possible to use a regular canning jar lid?

linda said...

Ordered some 100 anniversary Ball pint jars online.(blue) used the lids that came with them. and drilled a 7/8' hole in the top. cut the top off liquid soap dispenser bottle. put container with threads under the drilled hole and screwed on the pump. worked well but cap is starting to rust. Either would put silicone caulk or Clear nail polish if doing again. Will now use plastic Ball lids that I ordered online.

Anonymous said...

I have several blue canning jars that belonged to my mother. Prior to seeing your instructions I made a dish soap dispenser out of one. I used silicon glue to adhere green beach glass to the top. Very pretty!!

Katie @ Addicted 2 DIY said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I have been wanting to do this, but wasn't entirely sure how. Now I'll have these pretty soap dispensers in every bathroom!

Kylee Dawn said...

Thank you so much! Best directions I have seen on how to make these. I have wanted to make one ( some?!) but nothing I have read has been very clear. Bless your heart! So happy I found your blog.

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