{DIY} Mason Jar Soap Dispenser


I made this Mason Jar Soap Dispenser to use on my potting bench. I’m always needing to wash my hands after working in the garden and this sturdy jar should last me a lifetime of hand scrubbing. I think it would look just as great in a bath or kitchen and I thought some of you might want to make one too. Here’s how to do it:


Gather your supplies…old plastic soap bottle, mason jar, 2 part epoxy, drill, scissors and marker. A box cutter also came in handy in removing the top of the soap bottle.


Cut off the top of the soap bottle leaving the screw threading intact. Also leave a small rim just below the threads for the epoxy. Drill a hole in the mason jar lid so your bottle top will fit through it snuggly.


Mix the epoxy according to the package directions and apply to lower rim of bottle top. This will make a water tight seal. Please excuse my hand model…he’s been building a hen house (chicken mansion) for us and is a bit dirty. But that’s another story for another day.


Lastly, insert the pump through the hole and screw tightly to secure. Let it dry according to the epoxy instructions before using. If you’re not worried about the seal being water tight and don’t mind the pump spinning around you can completely skip the epoxy step. It’s entirely up to you. : )  All that’s left is to fill it with your favorite soap and put it to good use. Enjoy!


  1. Great idea! And now you have a beautiful soap dispenser!

  2. I love the idea! I’ll try it at home.

  3. That is so cool!! Love it!

  4. LOVE it!!!!!!!!!! You are so clever!

  5. What a cute idea! I might have to try this.

  6. Brilliant – thanks for sharing. I am a sucker for keeping unusual shaped glass jars and bottles – now I have another use for them.

  7. wonderful! thanks so much for sharing!!

  8. Heather,
    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing this project. As always even the most mundane objects look beautiful!
    Best wishes,

  9. I love it and will definitely be making my own~ thanks Heather!!

  10. Very cute idea!
    May I share on my blog?

  11. This is so neat! I love this, I’ve got two of these same jars at home, one of which I’m going to make into one of these. Thanks so much!

  12. Love it! Hugs, Marla

  13. I have seen these around and have wanted to make one, but just never took the time. I will now! Just need to find that kind of lid for the mason jar!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. ruth-graham@comcast.net says:

    Love It… Love It…. Love It! I just found three of the blue mason jars at my local thrift shop. Can’t wait to have this sitting on my kitchen counter. Thanks Heather :)

  15. I’ve seen these in stores for waaaaaaaaay too much $$$. How sweet of you to share how they are made! But then again, you are always so good about sharing here in blogland *smiles* Thank you Heather and have a great week!

  16. I LOVE this! Thanks for the great idea!

  17. I love it! So clever and so simple. Thanks!

  18. Wonderful Idea! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Oh my gosh love it, thank you Heather. Clarice

  20. I just LOVE this! <3

  21. This is such a great idea! I think I’m off to collect my materials now :)
    Thank you

  22. Fabulous idea! Thank you so much for showing us how to make these, Heather!

  23. oh.
    you are amazing! i love this.
    i just wrote about you on my blog. your photos are wonderful. they really transport me. thanks for sharing a little bit of your life with the world

  24. Wow! I have one of these jars somewhere, if I can just find it! Thanks for the great idea that will now provoke much head scratching and frowning as I muddle through the garage.

  25. Love it….now I need to go find a cool mason jar like that.
    Any tips where I may look?

  26. Fantastic idea. Green in so many ways:)Where do I find that man again:):)???

  27. Fabulous idea! Thanks!

  28. Awesome! I can so see these in my bathrooms and kitchen. I have tons of old mason jars with those wonderful zinc lids. Thanks for sharing!
    Have a great day!

  29. Super simple. hard part..finding a man who doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty.
    Love it.Thanks.
    Shay~ Designer Junk Finder

  30. Greetings, aren’t you clever. Gorgeous and and inspiring blog. Thank you

  31. This is such a FUN idea! It would make a great gift, too! I wonder how it would look as a lotion dispenser- would it become unsightly as you used it? Looks like a fun project! Thanks for sharing!

  32. What a fantastic idea! I have mason jars and a Farmboy who doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty… I know what’s happening this weekend! Thanks for sharing.

  33. Nothing short of brilliant Heather! I will make one for sure.

  34. i came across a tutorial with this fabulous idea when i was blogging a month of repurposing a jar, but i never ended up making one myself — lovely photos, you always do such beautiful photography ! have a great day !

  35. This is a wonderful project. I’ve featured your picture above with a link to your blog for the tutorial on my Boardwalk Blotter…
    Feel free to grab a “featured” button, if you would like. It’s an amazing project!

  36. I love it when you can have something that is functional AND cute! — I almost came out of my chair when I saw your comment on building a chicken house… or mansion! I have been searching and searching for a cute chicken coop design. I can’t wait to see yours! I’m sure it will be full of cute ideas!

  37. I love that, i’m going to try it….Kathy

  38. Love this! I’m going to try it!

  39. Love it :) I think that’d look cute by the kitchen sink and in the bathrooms, too! Thanks for sharing!

  40. How stinkin’ brilliant is that?? Love it!

  41. That is a real nifty project!!! I could even use newer mason jars so I won’t have to worry about it being broken!

  42. what a great idea! thanks for sharing! i need to go find me a mason jar!

  43. You really should make these and sell them on your online shop! I used to have boxes of these jars but sadly, I got rid of them years ago…darn!

  44. Elaine L. says:

    Great Idea! Now, I need to find an old mason jar.

  45. Darling, but fyi those lids will rust if you don’t seal them first!

  46. Hi Heather….love this idea! So farmhouse-y too! I want that! Can I just tell ya how beautiful your blog is?! Your photos are always so dreamy! I love the large size too…makes me feel like I’m right there with ya! You are so talented and creative…coming here is like a breath of fresh air! Ahhhh!
    I was wondering if you could share where to get that darling boxwood leaf ribbon/wire that you used to embellish your Christmas Pound Cakes? Would love to get it. Thanks and God Bless!
    Sugar Pie Farmhouse

  47. Please do not ever apologize about your hand model…..I *love* a man with dirty hands!
    After all………it means they really love ❤You❤.

  48. Cute idea!


  50. Brillant! i just ordered your mag! can’t wait to get it~lulu

  51. Ok…your soap dispenser is great – what a wonderful idea!! BUT….I can’t W A I T to see your chicken mansion!!!!!!! We’ve been wanting to build one, but it’s so hard to find cute ideas. Hope you share pictures when it’s finished!!! CottageRose

  52. Love it! That’s a DIY that I may need to try.
    Can’t wait to see the hen house pics.
    http://tinkerverve.wordpress.com/2009/05/02/getting-ready-for-the-girls/ this post has a good picture of one that I had built this year…it’s not fancy but it’s {fun}ctional!

  53. What a great idea! A glass jar is better than a plastic bottle any day!! Thanks for the tutorial –

  54. Wow that is great~
    I always hated to throw a nice pump away! Great way to recycle~

  55. That’s a great idea ~ thank you Heather!

  56. I love this project, I actually have one but I didn’t make it! Love your new pic heather!

  57. Heather` as always you continue to inspire me. Actually…my latest post on necklaces for your repurposed glass(wine/water) bottles, was a reflection of the inspiration I gather from my visits to your charming blog. I hope you can stroll by to see sometime.
    Sweet wishes,

  58. That is completely brilliant!

  59. That is a great idea…I weep to think of all those jars that I threw out when we cleaned out our family home :-(
    I will watch the stand carefully for your magazine. I am sooo excited!

  60. This is such a fantastic idea! I can’t wait to give it a try, thanks for sharing.

  61. Great idea! It gives me an excuse to go antiquing for a vintage mason jar. And maybe something else..

  62. Patricia Ginda says:

    LOVE IT!!! I use old mason jars in my kitchen to hold sugar in lieu of a sugar bowl and to hold powdered creamer (yuck) for my hubby, and as salt & pepper shakers…You’re so creative! Thanks for a great idea!

  63. I had thought about doing this but couldn’t figure out how to get the pump to attach to the lid, brilliant! Thank you!

  64. love love LOVE this idea! So fun. I can’t wait to use it!
    So glad to have found your blog – am off to read more!

  65. Love this idea! I have some beautiful vintage Mason jars that I’d love to use rather than store…now I know how one of them will be put to use!

  66. This is so neat! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

  67. I love mason jars and this is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  68. What a great idea! Can’t wait to make my own, thanks for sharing.

  69. Thanks,
    I’ve always wanted to make one of these!

  70. What a wonderful idea! Thank you!

  71. This is really cute! I just posted Mason Jar pendant lights on my blog and a commenter led me to your blog :)

  72. I can’t wait to get started. Thanks for the wonderful idea.

  73. What a wonderful ideda. It looks fabulous

  74. I see your name everywhere and just wanted to say you go girl!!! Everything you do is perfection and I adore you !!!

  75. I NEED one of these! And I have easy access to all of the supplies, including the man. Saaweeet! Thank you for sharing!

  76. Love, love, love this idea! I just picked up a few jars and will definitley have try this!

  77. OHHH! I LOVE this. Sooo pretty!

  78. Such a great idea! I am inspired and will have to make some of these for me. Love it!!j
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  79. Thank you so much! I was just about to spend $25 with shipping charges on one of these…now I can make one for free. I just LOVE that you can see the soap amount and it looks so much better than a dish detergent bottle on the kitchen sink.
    Make it a GREAT day!

  80. This is fabulous – I love it. Thanks for the tutorial.

  81. This is a fabulous idea. Thank you for posting the instructions. One question though. How did you get the hole in your zinc lids? My zinc lids all have a glass liner. I even went to the local flea market to see if I could find one that did not and the all had glass. How did you drill through this? Thank you for the help.

  82. LOVE this!

  83. I absolutely love this! I will be making it!

  84. Love this!

  85. Thank you for sharing this! I have been searching the web for awhile now to find out how to make one of these.
    Thanks again!

  86. Absolutely LOVE this project and just linked to it on our blog for how to use wedding decor in the home after the big day:

  87. Oh this is so awesome, thank you!

  88. Thank you for sharing the directions! I LOVE your blog by the way! The chicken coup got me right away!
    GREAT projects and inspiration!

  89. I made some of these but I did the larger jars. I bought pumps from the beauty supply store for $2 ea which left me with no top to screw in at the bottom of the jar lid. I used epoxy putty and filled the pump cap and then squished some around the base on the bottom side of the jar lid. Worked like a charm. Thanks for sharing your plans, I love my soap dispenser jars!

  90. Such a great idea, I have a whole cupboard full of old jars, time to rifle through them and make me one of these!

  91. You rock. Thank you for sharing this great tutorial. We certainly have enough dirty hands over at my place to benefit from your kindness! Bless you.
    mama to 8
    one homemade and 7 adopted

  92. Awesome! I will have to give this a try. Thanks for the great tute!

  93. I love this! And any man who will build a mansion for you chickens is defintely one to keep around!

  94. Yes,
    go to TAG SALES..Sometimes there are great jars and they are old..Just make sure you have a cover for it…


  96. I’m using that one in my kitchen and garden and probably the bathrooms too!! Thanks for the idea!

  97. Aren’t mason jars great?!?! I wonder if I can use the ones I get with spaghetti? (Classico brand uses mason jars) I save them for canning. They have whole metal lids, but have writing on them, I suppose I could paint them. Do you think you could use foaming soap dispensers? I prefer using them because they only use 1/3 soap and water (Frugal gal here). I just don’t like reusing the bottles with labels on them though. These jars are so much prettier!

  98. make sure when you drill the hole that you put the lid with the flat side down (not the hollow, threaded side). :-)


    I have several coffee jars with designs molded
    molded into them on one side and they have a red plastic lid on them. I think I
    will try using one of them. Thanks
    so much for the idea. I am 88 years old but I
    still like making things. Thanks again.
    Mary Seiter

  100. MARY ALICE SEITER says:

    I have several coffee jars with designs molded
    molded into them on one side and they have a red plastic lid on them. I think I
    will try using one of them. Thanks
    so much for the idea. I am 88 years old but I
    still like making things. Thanks again.
    Mary Seiter

  101. MARY ALICE SEITER says:

    I have several coffee jars with designs molded
    molded into them on one side and they have a red plastic lid on them. I think I
    will try using one of them. Thanks
    so much for the idea. I am 88 years old but I
    still like making things. Thanks again.
    Mary Seiter

  102. I’m your newest follower! This mason jar soap dispenser is beautiful!

  103. i am going to make them and try to sell them

  104. Love this idea! its great….

  105. This is wonderful, thank you!

  106. Love this! I’m attempting this project this weekend! I’ll be blogging it at http://grassgreendesign.blogspot.com/
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  107. This is.a. wonderful idea!!! Love it!

  108. I LOVE Mason Jars!!! This is so cute! Side note My moms maiden name is bullard, and i have a cousin(?)named heather bullard…how funny!

  109. its absolutely amazing!!simply love u r ideas!!!!!!!!!!!!

  110. Very cute and simple! Encourages people to actually reuse the container (and buy refills) rather than just buying more of the same little plastic bottles.

  111. I like the dirty hands. Model hands show a person not willing to work hard and get his hands dirty and vanity, both of which I despise!

  112. Great Idea! Just perfect for my bathroom.
    Thanks a lot!