Ever since I stumbled across some lovely, rustic mason jar soap dispensers on Etsy last year, I’ve been wanting one for our bathroom. Now that the bathroom facelift is complete, it seemed like the perfect time to finally try my hand at making one of these babies. I’m sure there are 1,001 ways to do this, but the method I decided to use worked great, was super easy and took less than 30 minutes.
I wanted a brushed nickel looking pump, and I found a soap dispenser on clearance for $3 at TJ Maxx that was the style I was looking for so I snapped it up. You can also find some nicer-than-your-average-plastic soap pumps here for less than $4 a pop.
I started with this vintage pint-sized Ball mason jar with a zinc lid.
After marking the center of the lid, Devin drilled a starter hole through it with a 1/4″ drill bit. I held the jar steady for him. That’s teamwork right there. (Note: Some zinc lids, like mine, still have a thick white ceramic/glass lining inside. Devin drilled through the zinc easily, but needed to use a little elbow grease to break through the ceramic. Once he did, we just discarded the pieces since they weren’t needed.
Then he used two progressively larger drill bits until the hole was big enough to fit the plastic part of the pump through (5/8″ did the trick). A spade bit may have worked better, but we didn’t have one on hand and we did just fine.
Finally, I inserted the pump…
…then used my hot glue gun to secure the pump to the inside of the lid.
The beauty of using hot glue is that it dries super fast (like less than 10 minutes fast) and is waterproof enough for the purposes of this pump. You can also use epoxy or some other type of waterproof adhesive, but be aware your drying time will be much longer.
Finally, fill with the liquid soap of your choice. I used Method Sea Minerals which is what I had on hand.
I love how it turned out, and it adds character to the bathroom sink.
You can’t beat that for less than $10 ($3 pump + $4 mason jar) and less than 30 minutes!
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