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the DIY files: a mason jar soap dispenser

Ever since we finished renovating our bathroom (check that out here), we had a super ugly soap dispenser that just wasn’t cutting it. A plastic dollar store dispenser next to my beautiful carrera marble floor and floating vanity? Yeah, I don’t think so.

After seeing tons of mason jars turned soap dispensers on Pinterest that looked oh-so-sweet, I figured it was high time I took a crack at this project. I found an old mason jar that fit the lip of our sink perfectly, and removed the pump piece from our previous dispenser.

DIY Dan used his drill to drill a small-ish hole in the lid. You don’t want to make it too big, but big enough that the dispenser mechanism can slide right in.

Then I grabbed some flat white spray paint for the lid. I figured that spraying the lid would give the jar a more clean, finished feeling.

A couple of light coats and lots of time to dry (I tried bringing it in too early and smudged it… and had to go back to the drawing board.. ugh!).

I slid the dispenser mechanism onto the lid and dabbed some super strong clear glue onto the bottom of the metal piece. I held it in place on the lid for a good couple of minutes to make sure it was completely stuck down. You need that pump to be on there pretty solidly, since it’s going to get pulled and pushed so often.

And the finished product? Ta-da!

I love the way the white came out – the flat finish gives it this sort of chalky texture.

The little guy fits snugly on the back lip of our sink. It’s the little details like this that make me cheery. Just some thought and love for the small stuff.

Have you guys done any mason jar projects recently? Aren’t they useful for just about everything? I have painted them, used them for our wedding favours, turned one into a ‘date jar’, and hung some as aisle markers. Such simple and lovely things.

Linked up at DIYshowoff and Between Naps on the Porch and Tip Junkie

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  • Stephanie

    Love this idea! I use Mason jars for transporting green smoothies and scrambled eggs to be nuked at work for breakfast, and to hold pantry items. We have so many and it’s great to see a new use for them!

    • gemma

      Oh my goodness…like breakfast tuperware.. love that!!! I’m always bringing hard boiled eggs to work because I don’t know how to transport them otherwise.. I may need to try your method :)


  • Super fun and super easy! That’s the kind of my diy!

  • Great idea! Love the new header of your blog :)

  • Wow! What a great Idea! I don’t mind my current soap dispenser, but if I ever get sick of it this will be a project I do!

  • turned out so cute! and love your bathroom – looks awesome!

  • Stephanie

    I’m thinking that spray painting the lids makes them look so cute that I might do that for little hostess gifts, what with the holidays coming and all :) Cookie dough mix, scented bath salts, snack mix, etc. Lots to think about!

    • gemma

      That would be so cute!! I have been thinking of mason jar gift ideas lately, too. I might do a post with ideas in the next week or two! :)


  • Amy

    Love, love, love this idea! Will be doing this in our kitchen for sure!

  • ava

    Hi, Gemma! I’m your newest fan! I love your creations–so far this is my favorite. I just need to drop in some lines to say your blog is awesome! Keep it girl, xoxo -ava