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DIY: Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

October 18, 2010

So, I’ve been inspired to switch up our main bathroom a little bit, and the thought of a mason jar soap pump seemed pretty charming. I was feeling pretty proud of myself, but quickly learned I wasn’t the first one to have this thought. Apartment Therapy had a very similar project earlier this year — and it was great to know I was on the right track.

First, find yourself a mason jar.  You’ll also need a drill, a twist bit, a hole saw bit, the threaded top from an old soap bottle, and some contact cement. Don’t forget to find a soap pump top. I had an old soap dispenser under the sink, not being used, but you can find them at the dollar store and some craft stores, if you don’t already have one on hand.

I began my project by finding and marking the centre of my jar lid, and drilled a starter hole with the twist drill bit.

Next, I used the hole saw bit to cut a hole to accommodate the soap bottle top.

Make sure your bottle top will thread through the hole, but has and edge that will catch and stop it from being able to fit all the way through. This edge is what the contact cement will connect to the underside of the jar lid with.

I chose to use contact cement, but you could use epoxy, or a number of other adhesives that work with metal and plastic. It is important to keep in mind, that contact cement needs to rest before actually pressing the two surfaces together (10-60 minutes depending on your project). And, you may require a few coats, as I did.

After letting it dry completely (this took patience!). I twisted the soap pump onto the threaded top, and was done!

Now the rest of the bathroom just has to catch up! But, it’s a good start.

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