How to Make a Mason Jar Soap Dispenser in 5 Minutes

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What can you do in 5 minutes?

Write an anonymous fan letter to Ryan Gosling?

Eat a whole pint of Ben & Jerry’s?

Knit a sweater for your cat? (I wish.)

What about turning a Mason jar into a soap dispenser?


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I’d been wanting to make a soap dispenser out of a vintage blue mason jar for a long time.  (I thought it would look extra snazzy in my kitchen.)  So I searched antique shops for the perfect sized jar that didn’t require tons of dough.  And happy day, I ended up finding the perfect jar last year during a thrift store run with my mom.  The jar was in great condition including the metal lid with the ceramic insert.  But there was a teensy little problem.  It appeared that I liked my new vintage jar too much to drill a hole in the lid.  (Yes, it’s true.)  So sadly, the soap at my kitchen sink had to make do being housed in a basic, plain white container.

Fast forward a year later.  Blue reproduction Mason jars are spotted in Target and Wal-Mart stores while crafters rejoice.  (They are sold by the case in Target and individually in the craft section of Wal-Mart.)  So I gleefully bought myself a new jar with visions of soap dispensers dancing in my head.


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Okay, now on to the 5 minute transformation from blue Mason jar to rocking soap dispenser.

The metal lid on the jar wasn’t very thick, so all I did was take a screw (a nail would work too) and lightly hit it with the hammer against the top of the lid a few times.  I ended up with a hole about the size of a dime.


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I then took a soap pump from another container and checked the fit.  It fit perfectly, nice and snug.  And there it was.  My new Mason jar soap dispenser in under 5 minutes.  A happy new addition to my kitchen sink.



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So what about you?  Do you have a favorite 5 minute project?  (Or is knitting fashionable kitty clothes consuming much of your time?)

~Miss Charming

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  1. Love your new soap dispenser! I wouldn’t want to drill a hole in that vintage lid either. It’s good to know you can get blue jars at Walmart and Target now. I can’t wait to make one or two or three… No knitted kitty clothes in this home…I just haven’t figured out the whole knitting thing yet. 🙂
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    • Miss Charming says:

      Yes, I love the new reproduction jars. I find myself thinking up projects just so I can use them!

  2. Julia @ cuckoo4design says:

    Love it! And nope, don’t have any 5 minute projects over here 😉

  3. What a great idea, I love this!!! Such a cute way to use mason jars, and practical, too! Love it!

    • Miss Charming says:

      Thanks, Maria! I think I may have a little crush on my new soap dispenser. I find myself detouring through the kitchen just so I can sneak a peek at it!

  4. My husband took a drill bit and it was a lot easier than trying to hit with hammer and nail made me two in a matter of seconds. Super easy. Love your blog

    • Miss Charming says:

      That’s great, Gloria! I guess the drill bit is a game changer. Maybe I need to change the post to say (… make it in 5 seconds) ?

  5. This is adorable…just another reason to love Target. I’m totally making one of these for my kitchen!!

  6. You can color clear mason jars by painting the outside with a mixture of Mod Podge tinted with food coloring. A certain type of pasta sauce is sold in mason jars, so it’s a win-win if you buy the brand as you have a mason jar to do with what you wish!

  7. This is a great idea. I don’t know why I never thought of making my own soap dispenser! (Maybe because I never think to use Mason jars for anything.) The blue glass is lovely, except you probably have to be careful not to use orange soap, right? Have you experimented with different colors to see which ones look best through the blue?

    I’d love to see this on, the DIY community. I just moved and have been digging through it for decor inspiration.

  8. I this to a different level. Using a clear pint size jar and the flat lid I use a hammer and nail to create four smaller holes. Placed the lid in the ring and onto the jar. Now we have a new tooth brush holder.

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