How to Make Mason Jar Soap Dispensers

Give your kitchen some style with Mason Jar Soap Dispensers! They’re inexpensive to make and brings the perfect vintage touch to your space. Follow these easy step-by-step instructions to learn how to make them:
How to make your own Mason Jar Soap Dispensers - Awesome tutorial with lots of photos! at LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #masonjar

If you’re just tuning in, I recently finished a makeover on our playroom, and I’m moving on to our kitchen! I’ve had visions in my head of the perfect vintage-style kitchen forever, and I’m totally pumped to get started on the makeover! I have a few larger projects in the works, but they are taking a bit of time to finish up, so I thought I’d start with something simple and perfect for my vintage-inspired kitchen:
Mason Jar Soap Dispensers!
There are a million tutorials showing how to make these cute dispensers (like this one from Heather Bullard or this one from Team Bowen), but I couldn’t decide which assembly method I wanted to use. I ended up trying two different versions and both came out great! Since I’ve done all the detective work already AND because I love you so much, I’m going to show you BOTH ways and give you my thoughts on which was easier! I know… I’m so thoughtful. You can send baked goods to thank me : )

Here’s what you’ll need:
mason jar
soap bottle with pump
glue (you’ll need epoxy or a water-resistant adhesive)
spray paint (if you wish to paint the lid)

How to make your own Mason Jar Soap Dispensers - Awesome tutorial with lots of photos! at LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #masonjar
Method #1
Step One: Empty the bottle of soap into another container and wash the bottle and pump to remove any remaining soap. Place the opening of the soap bottle centered on the back of the mason jar lid and trace around the opening.
How to make your own Mason Jar Soap Dispensers - Awesome tutorial with lots of photos! at LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #masonjar
Step Two: Put the lid back on the mason jar upside down (so you can see your circle) and screw on the ring to hold the lid in place. Place a small screwdriver (or other pointed object) inside the circle, and using a hammer, tap the screwdriver until it pierces through the lid. Continue making holes until the entire circle is gone. Use small pliers to remove any remaining pieces of lid inside the circle. Try to make your circle as perfect as possible. 

How to make your own Mason Jar Soap Dispensers - Awesome tutorial with lots of photos! at LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #masonjar
Step Three: Check to see if the opening of your soap bottle fits inside the circle in your lid. You want it to just barely fit. 

How to make your own Mason Jar Soap Dispensers - Awesome tutorial with lots of photos! at LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #masonjar
Step Four: Next turn your soap bottle on its side, and cut off the top of the bottle just below the threads. (I used a hand saw for this.)

How to make your own Mason Jar Soap Dispensers - Awesome tutorial with lots of photos! at LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #masonjar
Step Five: Spray paint the lids of your jar, if you wish to do so. I recommend a coat of metal primer first, then your spray paint color of choice, then a few coats of sealer to protect them. I chose oil-rubbed bronze for my lids, and I’ve been going gaga over how gorgeous this color is! Why have I never used it before??

How to make your own Mason Jar Soap Dispensers - Awesome tutorial with lots of photos! at LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #masonjar
Step Six: Attach the top of the soap bottle to the jar lid by applying a good amount of glue to the underside of the lid. Don’t worry about it being pretty, because it won’t be. It’s on the bottom of the lid, so you won’t see it. Let the glue dry as directed on the package, and screw the soap pump into the lid!
How to make your own Mason Jar Soap Dispensers - Awesome tutorial with lots of photos! at LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #masonjar

Method #2 

Step One: Take the pump out of the soap bottle and wash to remove any soap left on the pump.
Step Two: Put the lid on the mason jar and make a mark in the center of the lid. Place a small screwdriver (or other pointed object) on your centered mark, and using a hammer, tap the screwdriver until it pierces through the lid. Continue making holes around the center until you create a hole just large enough to fit the pump inside.

How to make your own Mason Jar Soap Dispensers - Awesome tutorial with lots of photos! at LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #masonjar
Step Three: Spray paint the lids of your jar, if you wish to do so. 
Step Four: If your pump is too tall to fit in the jar, trim the end of your pump until it sits just above the bottom of the jar. 
How to make your own Mason Jar Soap Dispensers - Awesome tutorial with lots of photos! at LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #masonjar
Step Five: Attach the pump to the lid by applying a good amount of glue to the underside of the lid all around the pump. Let the glue dry as directed on the package, and you’re ready to fill your new soap dispenser!
Here’s the two jars I made before filling them up with soap:
How to make your own Mason Jar Soap Dispensers - Awesome tutorial with lots of photos! at LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #masonjar
And here’s how cute they look all ready to be used!
How to make your own Mason Jar Soap Dispensers - Awesome tutorial with lots of photos! at LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #masonjar
So pretty! I used the larger jar for dish soap and the smaller jar for hand soap, and let me tell you, I am totally SMITTEN with them! They were both easy and cheap to make and look adorable sitting by my sink!
Here’s my verdict on Method #1 vs. Method #2:
I tried the first method because I thought it might add a bit more sturdiness holding the soap pump and make it last longer throughout the years. I tried the second method because it sounded easier, and well… I’m all about easier! And although both ways worked great, I found Method #2 to be not only easier but just as sturdy as the first jar, and it saved me the step of having to cut the top of the soap bottle! Method #2 also left more room for error when making the hole in the lid. If you accidentally make the hole a bit larger than needed, the top of the pump will still cover the hole nicely, and you won’t even notice. You don’t have as much leeway with the first method!
How to make your own Mason Jar Soap Dispensers - Awesome tutorial with lots of photos! at LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #masonjar
So there you have it folks! Two versions of making a mason jar soap dispenser and my thorough research on each! You can use whichever method you’d like, but either way I know you’ll LOVE having these cute soap jars by your sink! Way more fun to look at than a plastic bottle of Dawn dish soap, wouldn’t you say? 
How to make your own Mason Jar Soap Dispensers - Awesome tutorial with lots of photos! at LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #masonjar
In case you’re curious what size jars and soap bottles to buy, here’s what I used: 
7.5 oz bottle of soap with a pint size mason jar
35 oz bottle of soap with a quart size mason jar
And here’s the cost breakdown:
pint size mason jar – $1.47
small bottle of soap – $0.88
quart size mason jar – FREE (I had one at home)
large bottle of soap – $5.97
outdoor adhesive – $3.47
spray paint – $5.77
TOTAL COST: $17.56
Not bad for such a cute project! Of course, I only used a tiny bit of adhesive and spray paint, so it really didn’t even cost me that much. And you may already have some mason jars and old soap bottles you could use at home! The smaller soap pump was easy to find in the hand soap section at Walmart, and after searching for awhile I finally found a larger bottle of body wash with a pump that worked for my large mason jar. I just had to trim the end of the pump a little to fit.
How to make your own Mason Jar Soap Dispensers - Awesome tutorial with lots of photos! at LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #masonjar
This project has given me a great start to my vintage kitchen makeover, and I can’t wait to show you what I have planned next! Stay tuned for more makeover projects!
LET’S CHAT: Who loves mason jars as much as I do? There are so many amazing uses for mason jars, and I want to know… How do you use them to decorate your home? Do you have a favorite mason jar project? 

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Comments

  1. I have a mason jar pin holder in my sewing area. My MIL has these really big old fashioned mason jars in her kitchen that I LOVE! Great job on yours, love them :) pinning

  2. Pinned this! Will have to make these for my kitchen & bath. Thanks for sharing your tips on each method.
    - Lora

  3. I have a whole slew of mason jars at home. Definitely doing this with some of them! Thanks for the directions.

  4. These are super cute. And who doesn’t love mason jars? Just picked up 4 small ones at the $0.99 store yesterday. I love them! Definitely going to use this idea. Thanks! Great job.

  5. These are so cute! Thanks for sharing.

  6. I have been wanting to make some of these and even have the mason jars and soap dispensers handy. Thank you for testing out both methods and giving your feedback on both. I definitely feel like I am ready to tackle this project now.
    ~Katie

  7. Love the look of them! I also love that you tried both methods. I never would have thought of method #1. Glad to know that method #2 is easy and sturdy!
    KC

  8. I love how easy these are to make! Thanks for he great idea!

  9. Super cute! I keep seeing these on Pinterest and reallllly want to try them out for myself, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I suppose I should get one that, huh?

    I would love it if you would link up at Martha Mondays, open now through Wednesday night!

    http://www.watchoutmartha.net/2013/06/martha-mondays-link-up-party-features-63.html

    ~Amanda
    http://www.watchoutmartha.net

  10. So pretty!! Thanks for the tutorial. I’m pinning this!
    Heidi @ handmadefrenzy.blogspot.com

  11. This is SO awesome Liz! Totally doing it!

  12. Great tutorial. I have to try. Thanks for the hard work on this!
    Gina (http://ginascraftcorner.blogspot.com/)

  13. I just LOVE this idea-can’t wait to try it!!!

  14. This I’ll certainly try myself. It’s such a great idea!
    Love your blog and am now a new follower through Friend Connect.
    Hope that you’ll visit my blog when you’ve got the time .0)

  15. LOVE this! I have been wanting to make one of these myself for sometime, and just have not pulled it off! I most certainly will soon, your tutorial and photos are fantastic!! I have no excuses now! Your blog is so bright and cheery! I am now your newest follower through Friend Connect and Google Plus! Have a great day!
    Jeanne@ http://www.idreamofjeannedesigns.com

    Stop by if you have a chance to check out my blog! Thanks.

  16. Soo cute- they turned out darling. Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!!

  17. Those are so cute and I’ve wanted one forever. You sure make it look easy!

  18. These are so much cuter than those boring soap bottles!

    I’m hosting a crafting link party today and the featured supply this week is mason jars. This project would fit in perfectly! I’d love for you to link it up here.

    Danielle at Framed Frosting

  19. I love this! I was wondering how I could accomplish the mason jar soap bottle with what I already have…..Thank you !!! I think I’ll be making one of these this weekend. :)
    Our Simply Create Link party is going on right now. I would love to have you link up, as I’m sure my followers would like to see what you created too. Hope to see you soon!

    Melissa
    redflycreations.com

  20. What a great post.. The crazy thing is I made mine yesterday without seeing your post.. Ha what are the odds of that. And so far my viewers can’t wait to make it too. I did method number 2. I had great success I was able to hole perfectly snug so no glue needed. I was a little worried to glue it just in case I wanted to change out my dispenser.. My dispenser I used from a old one that no longer went with the decor. And I love it.. since the dispenser was the same metallic color as the lid of a mason jar.. no painting involved.. awesome.. So this project literally look me a few mins.

  21. by the way I decided to link your mason jar hand soap post on to my page to show method number one. Thanks!!! http://whatthekeckisgoingon.blogspot.com/

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  23. Bethany says:

    This is exactly what I was looking for! I’m going to use them to dispense Sunscreen at my outdoor wedding this summmer :) Much cuter than the bright ‘Banana Boat’ bottles

  24. These are fab – I so want to do this.

    I would love for you to link up at the Mommy Archive – we’re focused on mason jar crafts and ideas this week, Alice @ Mums Make Lists<

  25. Does the glue keep the jar from rusting? I found the cutest antique jar and did method #2 but with no glue and it rusted. :-(

    • Hi Amanda! Since I spray painted my lid with Rustoleum, I haven’t had a problem with it rusting. I would try painting it next time! So sorry yours rusted!!

      • Cathy Rueger says:

        Do they make a plastic insert for mason jars in case you do not want to spray paint? if so, you may be able to drill a hole in the lid to fit the pump in.

  26. Great tutorial! Very detailed and nice pictures! Thanks!

  27. I am going to make these, for every sink in the house :)

  28. Thank you for this idea.. very nice. If I can suggest a small flathead screwdriver or a chisel tapped along the line of the hole.. that would go through a lid quite easily. A set of tim snips can also cut through a lid easily… might be quicker.

  29. Luann Sparks says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea. I need soap outside, I live on a farm and I am always needing to wash my hands at the barn, this will be GREAT out there!!

  30. I made this using a clean jar that had store-bought Alfredo sauce n I sanded the paint off the lid. I enjoy the rustic look n was delighted when the silver lid rusted some! :)

  31. WOW!!! this actually brought back memories, we made these in Girl Scouts many, many, many moons ago. until today I had forgotten all about them. and since I’m trying to find something different to make for Christmas gifts this year, this is perfect. I thought why stop at soap, so I have made a gift set of 3 bottles all are empty, I painted the lids all white, I enclosed homemade sticker labels, Dish soap, hand soap, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, hand sanitizer and a blank one too.

  32. Hello….I saw in the link on how to make the homemade hand soap that the dispenser was also sprayed black. I would like to do that. Is there anything I should know before I do?

    Fantastic idea! Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Hi Nancy! I sprayed the lids of my mason jars with an oil rubbed bronze spray paint, which worked beautifully! I would recommend spraying the lids with a metal primer first so the paint will adhere well, and finishing with a clear sealer to protect the paint. You’ll love the charm these little soap dispensers will add!

  33. Sarah Silvestre says:

    Hi! I love your blog!!! Particularly these mason jar dispensers. You should totally sell these I would literally buy like 6! But since you don’t I will just have to try to make them myself! Thanks to your lovely tips!!! I am thinking of putting a chalkboard label on the ones I put in my bathroom (Sanitize and Wash) so that my guests can distinguish between the soap and hand sanitizer. Thanks for the inspiration!!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Hi Sarah! You are too sweet! I’m so glad you love these cute mason jars as much as I do! Chalkboard labels would be absolutely adorable on these. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays!

  34. I received these as a gift and have been using them for a few weeks. My only problem is that dawn dish soap leaks around the pump. Any suggestions?

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Hi Tiffany! What a nice gift! I’ve been using the ones I made for months now and haven’t had any leaking issues. Is the pump glued in or just set in the lid? Maybe try adding a layer of waterproof glue around the pump under the lid and see if that helps.

  35. Thanks for posting this in such detail. I have been wanting to make one for a long time but the previous tutorials I’ve read made it look a bit daunting.

    May I ask what brand/kind of soap dispensers you purchased in order to get the actual pump part? Thanks!

    • I should have specified that my question was regarding the larger pump – the 35 oz larger bottle of body wash with a pump.

      Also, would either of these work for foaming hand soap? Or does that need a tighter seal to work? Thanks!

      • Liz Fourez says:

        I haven’t tried one with foaming hand soap yet, but I’m sure it would work using the same process. As long as you’re using a foam pump, you should be good to go! You’ll have to let me know how it turns out!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      You’re so welcome, Michelle! It really was a pretty simple process! I believe I used the generic Equate brand soap for the smaller jar and a large bottle of body wash for the larger jar. Maybe Dove brand? I just walked around Walmart until I found sizes that I liked! Best of luck!

  36. I found this project via pinterest and I cannot wait to do it for my Kitchen :) Thanks for sharing <3

  37. Ashley Bogan says:

    I have a store bought dispenser that is starting to rust on the bottom and leaving rings on my counter. I think I may have just found it’s replacement! Glass is great because it’s nin reactive with most things you find in a bathroom. I think if I use method 2 I may be able to reuse the pump!

  38. Can you tell me what kind of dish soap is in your dispenser? I love the beautiful blue color! Great idea and sooo beautiful – thanks for sharing.

    • Liz Fourez says:

      I wish I could remember, Bridget! I think the blue was a hand soap and the larger mason jar was the dish soap. Sorry I couldn’t help more!

  39. Patty Rheinscheld says:

    I bought two drinking glass mason jars today at hobby lobby.
    They were a little pricey but I got them at 50 off. I need to get glue.
    I am going to use them for his and her shampoos. Oh so cute and practical.

  40. Camille Coryn says:

    When I saw this I just had to make it. So I started directly. It is so lovely. Now I have one in the bathroom and i love it! I look forward to make another one! Thank you for sharing this!

  41. I just found 4 blue mason jars with the zinc lids this weekend at a flea market but wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them! I love this idea! Thank you!! :)

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Love those vintage blue mason jars! I bet they will make absolutely beautiful soap dispensers!!

  42. Hi, thanks for sharing this how-to! Question: I love making my own shampoo, and would prefer to store it in a pump glass container like this one. Otherwise, the heat of the shower will cause estrogenic compounds to leach out of plastic containers into the shampoo, thereby defeating the purpose of homemade shampoo, right?? But of course, there is the very legitimate concern about glass in the shower. I’m wondering if anyone has seen, or knows how to make, a mason jar “wrap,” if you will, that would protect it from shattering if it fell. I’m picturing something similar to the foam or rubber soda can holders/covers that people use to keep cans of soda cold. I don’t drink soda myself so I apologize if there is a more correct name for such items! Anyway, if someone knows where to get something like that for mason jars, or wants to come up with a creative way to make them, please share!

    • Oh, I just looked on Amazon and I guess those soda can holders are called “coozies” or “koozies.” Who knew? May try to find some at the Dollar Store and see if I can modify them to work with this soap dispenser, so I can have my homemade shampoo in my pretty soap pump mason jar :)

      • Liz Fourez says:

        Hey Alison! I’ve been brainstorming trying to come up with an idea for you… the best I can think of is to add a piece of no-slip liner to the bottom of the jar, which will help prevent it from slipping and sliding all over the place in the shower. But as far as something to protect it completely, I’ll have to keep brainstorming!

    • Crochet one.

  43. Do you think a painted mason jar (inside & outside) will affect the soap any? You did a wonderful job and I can’t wait to see your finished kitchen. Good luck

    • Liz Fourez says:

      I think painting the outside of the mason jar should be fine, but I wouldn’t paint the inside. Best of luck with your project!!

  44. Those look awesome!! Should you want to make more in the future you can get those pumps and screw ons online for pretty cheap(under 3.00 each) :) Absolutely love all your ideas!

  45. My mason jar lid is rusting. Anyway to prevent that?

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