Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

May 5, 2015

A simple DIY to make your own mason jar soap pump dispenser! www.freshcrush.comWho doesn’t love mason jars? Am I right? Great for all sorts of things… canning (go figure), storing small items, hipster weddings… The possibilities are endless. And, how about a mason jar soap dispenser?

Supplies needed for this version:
• Mason Jar
• Drill bill
• Hole saw bit
• Threaded top (cut from an old soap bottle)
• Contact cement
• Soap Pump (I had an old soap bottle I wasn’t using anymore and reused it for this project. You could also try the Dollar Store).

A simple DIY to make your own mason jar soap pump dispenser! www.freshcrush.com

I used my drill bit, to create a starter hole in my mason jar lid.

A simple DIY to make your own mason jar soap pump dispenser! www.freshcrush.com

Then, I used the hole saw bit, to cut a hole large enough to accommodate the soap bottle top.

Make sure your bottle top will thread through the hole, but has a bottom edge to catch and stop it from being able to slip all the way through the mason jar lid. This edge is what the contact cement will bond with on the underside of the lid.

A simple DIY to make your own mason jar soap pump dispenser! www.freshcrush.com

I chose to use contact cement because I already had it on hand, but you could use epoxy, or a number of other adhesives that work well with metal and plastic. Just keep in mind, that contact cement needs to rest before pressing the two surfaces together (10-60 minutes depending on your project). And, you may require a few coats, like I did.

A simple DIY to make your own mason jar soap pump dispenser! www.freshcrush.com

You can see the placement of pieces here. Old soap threaded top, gets adhered to the mason jar lid. Once dry, the soap pump straw slides through the opening and screws onto the mason lid. Now you have the completed top to screw onto your glass mason jar.

A simple DIY to make your own mason jar soap pump dispenser! www.freshcrush.com

Voilá! A gorgeous, and simple addition to any sink. Of course you could play around with all the crazy soap colours out there. But this girl prefers, plain jane clear.

A simple DIY to make your own mason jar soap pump dispenser! www.freshcrush.comWhat do you think? Have you played around with upcycling a mason jar? I want to hear about it! I love that this is a fraction of the cost of buying a similar, new, ready-made soap dispenser. And, there’s a decent chance you have these materials already kicking around your house! Win-win!

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Get your wipes container popping!

April 27, 2015

Modge Podge your wipes container! Get your wipes container popping!

I like clean. And, organization. But when my organization keeps all my cleaning supplies in one little closet at the end of the house, it makes quick, fussy, clean-ups, kind of… inconvenient. Okay, let’s be honest, I avoid it all together until full-on “cleaning time” comes around every weekend.

This poses a problem in our master bathroom. Between the hubby’s daily contact solution sessions, and me continually dusting the sink and counter with make-up, it can get … icky. Well, no more!

I started with a great biodegradable and compostable wipe product. Not so much guilt come garbage day, and it’s affordable.

Modge Podge your wipes container!Fantastic — But, if it’s going to be seen, and with-in reach, the packaging has gotta do better than this. Enter the Mod Podge — Get your wipes container popping!

Modge Podge your wipes container!

You can get away with scissors for this ditty, but this paper slicer will make your life a whole lot easier. A cheap sponge applicator makes life easy, and you’re ready to go!

Now, go dig around in your recycle bin and find some flyers and junk with some bright colours. Don’t get hung up on the content, you won’t be able to read it when you’re all done.

Modge Podge your wipes container!

Now get to slicin’ and a cuttin’! Stips, strips and more strips…

Modge Podge your wipes container!

Modge Podge your wipes container!

Now, comes the mod-podge! Apply some to the container, and then begin wrapping your strips of paper. Around and around, you go…

Modge Podge your wipes container!

Modge Podge your wipes container! Mod-podge is it’s own sealer. (Love all-in-one products!). So, throw a few extra coats on top, to finish it off!

Modge Podge your wipes container!Modge Podge your wipes container!

Ta-da! Worthy of sitting out on the counter, ready for use. The entire lid pops right off, so it will be easy to insert replacement wipes, and re-use the container over and over again.

Happy ‘podgin’ y’all!

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Pegboard Art – The Home Depot Gift Challenge

April 15, 2015

It’s not only the 15th of the month, but its also my first ever Home Depot Gift Challenge! If you haven’t yet had the pleasure… each month, a fantastic group of bloggers, whip down to their local Home Depot, and using the exact same product, create their own DIY projects with their own unique spin!

None of us know what the other is busy creating, until reveal day, so it’s just as much fun for us to pop over to each others blogs, and check out exactly what we’ve all got goin’ on!

Home Depot Challenge - Pegboard

**This “Pegboard Art – The Home Depot Gift Challenge” is in no way sponsored by Home Depot (We’re just a bunch of crazy-in-love DIYers, with a huge teenage crush on HD).**

This month, the item was chosen by Shannon, over at Churchill DIY Mill, and she chose Pegboard, to be gifted to any family member.  Once I had my hands on my piece of Pegboard, I knew my main goal was to pretty it up a bit… okay, a lot. It’s pegboard.

Home Depot Challenge - Pegboard

Here’s how it all started out. Of course it began with a plain sheet of pegboard. I knew I wanted to make something to display. But I wasn’t sure what. After staring at those fantastic drilled pegboard holes, finally, I had it! It seemed like I could use it as a grid for something fun and geometric!

Home Depot Challenge - Pegboard

I just needed a few more supplies:

-Yarn (in a few colours)
-Needle with a large eye
-Spray glue
-Fabric
-Gluegun

Home Depot Challenge - Pegboard

All I did to prepare my pegboard was, give it a light dusting of spray glue, and drop it flat, down onto my piece of fabric, cut to size. The spray glue keeps the fabric from sagging or shifting. Next, I used hot glue to fold the edges over the pegboard and hold it in place.

Home Depot Challenge - Pegboard

Then, the fun part. Use your imagination and develop a pattern with the yarn and needle, stitching over and under your pegboard. Use the drilled holes to your advantage, counting holes right and left, top to bottom, to keep the pattern aligned, and symmetrical.

Home Depot Challenge - Pegboard

Keep going…

Home Depot Challenge - Pegboard

Until you have something you’re happy with.

Home Depot Challenge - Pegboard

My little creation is being gifted to the family cabin, my husband’s wonderful suggestion, where I think it will fit right in with all that rustic charm.

Home Depot Challenge - Pegboard

Have you experimented with pegboard? Click the thumbnails below to check out ALL of the amazing pegboard projects, this month…

And, You can get caught up with ALL of our past monthly projects by following along on our Pinterest page!

The Nursery Details

April 9, 2015

So I revealed my happy little “woodland creatures, modern nursery“, this week! Did you see it? We’ve been enjoying it around here, but there were a few of the nursery details, that I couldn’t get to the first time around… like this light. It started out as a dreaded “boob” light. Urgh. Then, got a little upgrade with this drum shade. That, was pretty good…

Modern gender-neutral nursery with black, white, and pops of color.

But, then, once I started working on the nursery and noticed I was going in the high-contrast direction, with hits of black… I thought… that chrome finish, just won’t do. So another update it is!

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Nursery Reveal and Giveaway

April 7, 2015

This post contains affiliate links that help support my DIY habit, and blog. This means, should you make a purchase, advertisers give me a small percentage of that sale, at absolutely NO EXTRA COST to you — my lovely readers. 

I’m so excited you’re here today! Not only is it “big reveal” day, but it’s also GIVEAWAY day! (You can enter for your chance to WIN some pretty cool prizes, at the bottom of this post). *Update* – this giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all who entered!

If you’ve been following along with me, you might recognize all this bluey goodness, as the new, soon-to-be nursery. We’ve been in this home for about 2 years now, and this room was pretty much untouched, stuffed with furniture, and a bit… Smurfy…

DIY - Nursery Reveal and Giveaway with FREE Printable, vinyl wall decals, and custom wool felted garland.

Yep, not a lot to share. It was a glorified storage room… until now!

Fresh, clean, and modern DIY nursery, with black vinyl decals and pops of yellow and red.

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Reclaimed Wood Wall

April 1, 2015

Look at this face… it’s a happy face. Recently, we had the opportunity to save some vintage barn board. We learned this crumbling old farm house was going to be burned down, it obviously wasn’t safe anymore, and really couldn’t be used for much. So, we sprang into action, crowbars in hand, so we could save those lovely, chippy boards.

DIY - Rebuilding a barn board wall with vintage farm house boards.

But what’s the plan for all those boards, you might be asking? Well, this might sound crazy but… we wanted to rebuild that old barn board wall in a new location. And, here she is…

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Painted Closet Doors

March 31, 2015

Ok. Here we go again. If you didn’t know me you’d think I have something against closets! I don’t, I swear… they do great things like, have doors, and… hold stuff.

But, this one? Urgh. Another antique, brushed, gold… thing. And — I truly LIKE the whole gold movement… but, this isn’t, that. Old-fashioned, brassy and 80s — like a bad, Solid Gold Dancer memory. Did I just date myself? Hey man, I watched that show when I was 4, during the Arsenio years.

Onward!

Painted Closet Doors - A DIY on spray painting outdated mirrored doors.

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Spring Green Giveaway!

March 28, 2015

Today, is a special day. I’m honoured to be a part of a massive giveaway headed up by Emily, at Table + Hearth. If you haven’t discovered her little piece of the internet yet, be sure to pop over and check out all of her amazing projects, DIY, and recipes.  And, what’s the occasion? Well, it’s her big one-year anniversary of sharing her blog with the world.

I couldn’t be happier to be a part of this, and share this amazing opportunity with you…

Enter to win a $300 Pottery Barn gift card just in time for spring!

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