Mason Jar Project

IMG_4066It’s time to take a little break from the sewing machine…  Are you ready for a mason jar project???  If you have ever found an awesome mason jar (perhaps on a photo walk around the antique mall) that you’re not quite sure what to do with, one idea would be to turn into something practical and useful.  My father-in-law saw mason jar soap dispensers in a catalog one day, and we were both immediately smitten…  I thought, “Hmmm, wonder if I could make one of those at home?” which is a phrase that frequently, very frequently comes out of my mouth.  And, so here we go, making a mason jar soap dispenser!!!  Check out how easy this project is!


  • mason jar
  • hammer, nail
  • pliers
  • polyurethane
  • super glue and hot glue
  • soap pump

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  1. Take the lid off of the mason jar.  Using a hammer and nail, make a hole in the center of your lid.  The purpose is to mark the center AND to break the ceramic layer underneath.
  2. Carefully remove the broken ceramic pieces from under the lid.  These pieces are sharp!  I used a small pair of jewelry pliers to pull the pieces away from the lid.  Also, I always pulled with the lid facing down just in case any pieces decided to go flying….  protect your hands and your eyes!
  3. Start widening the hole in the center of the lid so that it will fit your soap pump.  I used a larger pair of pliers to widen my misshapen circle.  If you have any fancy tools then you could probably make your circle look much neater than mine, but truth be told, it’s all going to be hidden by the soap pump anyway!
  4. Once your misshapen, or perfectly cut circle, is the right size to accomodate your soap pump, then you need to treat the lid (inside and out) with a polyurethane.  This will provide a seal to keep your lid from rusting in the future.  Let the polyurethane dry thoroughly.  I decided to put on two coats – just to make sure that all of the surfaces were covered and that my lid is rust-proof.


Next, take your soap pump and attach it to the lid in two different ways:  attach the pump to the top of the lid with super glue, then turn it over and attach the bottom of the pump to the lid with globs of hot glue.  This process seals the top and bottom from unnecessary moisture and makes the pump overall more sturdy.

IMG_4083Once it’s all dry, you have a really cool, unique soap dispenser or dispenser(s) based on how many you end up making! Fill them up with soap and use them!

IMG_4086Now, I have a mason jar soap dispenser in my kitchen.  The blue hue of the jar (on the left) fits right in with my style and color scheme!  And the Atlas jar, which I love because of its raised glass lettering, is a gift and will head to it’s new home very soon!

Happy to Have Made a Mason Jar Soap Dispenser!

About cjbolinger

I am a stay-at-home mother of three children (Ben, Alex, and Christian), a wife who is head-over-heels in love with her husband of 13 years (Gregg), a hobbyist photographer, and a lover of everything crafty! Follow my attempts at domesticity as I cook, clean, and craft for my family...
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