Monday, November 19, 2012

DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

This is a big week people.  It’s Thanksgiving!  That means I’m allowed to stuff my face until I can’t move and no one can judge me for it!  {That reminds me...I need to make a mental note to give thanks for stretchy, forgiving pants.}  It also means that I crossed some nagging DIY and organizational projects off my to-do list this weekend…mostly because I am preparing to host Thanksgiving for the FIRST TIME EVER.  You should have seen me!  I was a lean, mean, productive queen.  Kitchen cabinets...cleaned out and organized.  Linen closets...cleaned out and organized.  Basement {thanks to hubby}...cleaned out and organized.  Guest {junk} bedroom #2...cleaned out and organized.  Heck, I even managed to do the laundry and get grocery shopping done.  And even more fun than that, I was able to complete a DIY project that I’ve been meaning to do for about ohhhh, probably 9 months.

Since I’ll be spending a whole lot of the holiday in the kitchen, I figured it was high time that I switched out my ugly, plastic soap dispenser for a cute DIY mason jar one.  My method to do so may not have been the smartest or most professional, but it worked.  And in my book, that is pretty much the only thing that counts.  {Aka, don’t judge the stupid way I went about accomplishing this project.  K thanks.}

So I started out with these two things...a cute little mason jar from Michael’s and my ugly, old soap container that was sitting next to my kitchen sink. {FYI...I have many antique mason jars that I originally wanted to use for this project, but because they were much taller than my plastic soap dispensers, the straw piece from the dispensers wouldn't reach the bottom of the jar.  You could probably swap out the straw piece for something longer if you wanted to use an older, larger mason jar, but I actually like the size I used.  It's the perfect size to sit by the sink.}

 























I started by using a sharp knife {reference my comment above...don’t judge...I still have all my fingers in tact people}, and literally just sawed through the top of my soap dispenser.  It didn’t take too long, but I went slow and steady making sure to keep all my fingers away from the knife.



Then I used a tape measure to help me mark off the center point of the mason jar lid.  {I pretty much eyeballed it because I knew it wouldn’t be perfect once I started drilling.}



I got out my Ryobi drill and used the largest drill bit I had in my possession...which was ¾ inch.  While drilling, make sure to hold the jar tight (I used my knees since I was sitting on the ground) and keep your hands steady because it’ll want to kick out at first.


Once the hole was formed, I tried to fit the top of the soap dispenser through...knowing it wouldn’t work yet.  I again eyeballed to see how much more of the lid I still had to remove.  It wasn’t too much more, so I got out hubby’s wire cutters, and clipped pieces of the metal off until I could fit the top of the soap dispenser through.  It’s best to take off little pieces each time and try to fit the dispenser through quite often.  You can always take more off, but you can’t put metal back on {obviously}.



Once I could pop the plastic dispenser through, I thought I was golden!  Butttttt, I was wrong.  Since I left most of the top on when I cut through the dispenser, there was a little bit of an overhang that was getting caught then I tried to close the mason jar. 



Thankfully, this was an easy problem to solve.  I simply took the wire cutters and clipped off the edges of the dispenser.





Once that was done, everything was a perfect fit.  I screwed the pump part of the dispenser onto the part I had been working with...



...and then I screwed the lid onto the jar.  IT WORKED!!


I poured some of my soap refill into the jar and all was finally right in my dispenser world.




29 comments:

  1. Good luck on your first Thanksgiving hosting gig!!! Take lots of pics!

    And I loooove these mason jars soap dispensers! I actually have two of them (kitchen and bathroom soap) but I'm not as cool as you and bought them on Etsy. Total cop out :) The only problem I have had with them is removing the lid when they need to be refilled. I usually have to soak them for days to be able to "unstick" the lid... but well worth it :) Nice job!!!

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    1. Thanks Jenny!! I definitely will!

      I do too...I think they are super cute! And that's totally okay! It took me so many months to just sit down and finally make my own haha. Thanks for the tip. I'm hoping I won't have an issue with that since I didn't use any glue/epoxy, but we'll see! :)

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    2. Works great for lotion too-I was tired of wasting 1/4 of the bottle of the hand lotion because it wouldn't pump out-now I am able to use it all by transferring it to the mason jar using the pump from the hand lotion!

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  2. That is so cute! Well done! I own one mason jar, and I think I need to make a soap dispenser now.
    I am all over the stretch denim for Thursday, glad I'm not the only one ;)

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    1. Thank you, Kelly!! I'm glad you share in my appreciation for stretchy pants this week hehe. ;)

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  3. Very good idea ! And I'm pretty sure that you choose THIS soap because of its colour... right ?

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    1. Hahaha...you know me so well Stephanie! You got that right! ;)

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  4. This turned out great! I've been wanting to make one of these for years but beer have. I like how you handled cutting off the top of the container instead of messing with epoxy.

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    1. Thanks Kim! It took me almost a year to sit down and get to work, so don't feel bad haha. And I'm happy I didn't use any glue or expoy either. I'm hoping it holds up better this way. Time will tell! :)

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  5. Gosh, this is cute! I actually think it was pretty genius to keep the top of the dispenser instead of worrying about glue and stuff. Bravo!

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    1. Thanks Amy! :) I'm hoping it holds up better this way...but I guess we'll see!

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  6. This is adorable. I must make one of these! I think you did it a smart way- it's easier than I thought it would have been. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your Thanksgiving!!

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    1. Thanks Christine!! Definitely do it...it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it'd be. You're welcome...I will, thanks! :)

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  7. I definitely want to make one (or a few) of these! So cute!!

    Good luck hosting! You are one brave woman!

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    1. Go for it...you'll love it! :) Thanks, I'm going to need it haha.

      PS-thinking of you...xo!

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  8. Ooooh! I want one. Now I'm kicking myself for throwing away my last disposable pump!!! Though I definitely think this new soap dispenser is worth the expense of another one. :)

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    1. I agree...it's definitely worth the expense! ;) Thanks for stopping by!!

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  9. Love these soap dispensers. Going to start saving my pumps from the soap....could be great xmas gifts!
    K

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  10. Definitely making one of these for the kitchen. Will fit in perfectly with the jars already on my counter! Such a good idea to keep the neck of the bottle for attaching it to the lid.

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    1. Yes, go for it Charlotte! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  11. Wow this is fantastic and sooo up-cycled thankyou

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