January 29, 2013

Mason Jar Soap Dispensers

Well, that title wasn't a giveaway or anything. If you follow me on Instagram then you probably saw the picture I posted late Saturday of a little project we were working on.

The Freckled Redhead - Mason Jar Soap Dispensers
Awhile ago I purchased 12 old mason jars from the local consignment shop for $12. I've definitely gotten my moneys worth out of them because initially bought them to use as drinking glasses and still do. Then we scarified 3 for our pendant light in the kitchen and I showed you that here.

So I decided I really needed to upgrade my soap dispensers and I knew just what to use. This is what I started with - 2 basic plastic soap containers that you buy at the store. I took the stickers off because I refill them, but they were ugly and had sticky residue on them from the stickers.

The Freckled Redhead - Mason Jar Soap Dispensers
I picked 2 mason jars out of my collection and  went through all the lids to find the most rustic ones and then enlisted the help of Mr.B.

The Freckled Redhead - Mason Jar Soap Dispensers
We re-used the pump part and we needed the hole to be big enough for the spring part of the dispenser to go through the metal lid of the mason jar. ( This isn't the best picture I just wanted to show you want I was talking about)

The Freckled Redhead - Mason Jar Soap Dispensers
Mr.B matched up the diameter of the pump with his drill bit and drilled a hole through the middle - easy peasy. We kept the lids screwed on so that it was easier to drill the hole through - you just have to be careful not to go to fast and slip through the metal and brake the glass.

The Freckled Redhead - Mason Jar Soap Dispensers
The edges were a little rough so he used a file to smooth them out a little bit. The hole was big enough for the pump to fit but it was a little tight so filing it down was going to help get the lid onto the pump.

The Freckled Redhead - Mason Jar Soap Dispensers
Mr.B had to really push the pumps onto the lid but it actually works to our advantage because then when I refill the lid stays attached to the pump so I just have to worry about the pump and the screw top.

The Freckled Redhead - Mason Jar Soap Dispensers
Here they are after we screwed a hole in both of the lids. I used lids that were a little rustic looking because it just gives them some charm.

The Freckled Redhead - Mason Jar Soap Dispensers
I don’t waste anything so I just poured the soap out of each bottle into the mason jars and filled them up some more with the soap I already had on hand.

The Freckled Redhead - Mason Jar Soap Dispensers
Here’s how it looks on the kitchen sink! We used one for our kitchen sink and one for in the bathroom.

The Freckled Redhead - Mason Jar Soap Dispensers

This project was so simple and easy and took us all of 15 minutes most of which was spent waiting for the soap to come out of the bottles. It cost us $0 dollars because we already had the mason jars, soap and soap pumps.

I'm going to keep them as is for now but might upgrade the pumps to metal ones later on - and I have also thought about painting the mason jars - but we're going to live with them like this for awhile.
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