These fun mason jar foaming soap dispensers have been floating around the internet for a while – and for good reason. They’re super cute – and useful, too!
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While I know there are already so many tutorials for these, I’m a person who likes to see all my options. Today, I’m sharing with you how we made ours. I made a few with my Mom a couple summers ago and we had so much fun with them, I’ve decided to show how we did it. I’m *still* using the originals we made. They just add a fun little touch of Farmhouse flair to your bathroom or next to your kitchen sink. And don’t worry – if you have small children who might be prone to accidentally breaking glass, there are some great plastic options here. You can have cute AND durable!
Soap Dispenser Beginnings
I’m very blessed to have a husband who has lots of tools. Even though I sometimes have to remind myself that it IS a blessing when his workshop becomes cluttered. Lol! 😉 One of the great things he has is a drill press – which is exactly what we used to make the opening for the lids of our mason jar foaming soap dispensers.
How We Made Our Soap Dispensers
Take the lid of your jar (you can use either the silver or brass) and find the center of the lid. We just eyeballed it – (we like to be precise like that). 😉 You can also see that I re-used a lid I had saved from a jar of homemade salsa that we canned. While you shouldn’t re-use these lids for canning again, they’re perfect for these types of projects.
Note: if you’re going to end up painting your lid later on, then the color of your lid and ring doesn’t matter.
We used the drill press to make the holes for the dispenser. I’ve seen several different options for how to make the hole. Some of these methods including pounding nails through the lid around the perimeter of the hole and then sanding the inside. This looks dangerous in my book (sharp metal edges and fingers don’t mix well for me). While I realize not everyone has access to a drill press, if you can find or borrow one, this is the way to go. Fast and easy. 🙂
After making your hole to fit your dispenser, you can either choose to paint your lid and ring now with whatever craft paints you have on hand, or leave them as is. I usually leave them as is. I like the rustic farmhouse vibe it gives.
Soap Dispenser Ready For Assembly
Simply insert your soap dispenser into the hole in the lid, place the ring around it and screw it onto a mason jar. Easy peasy. I like to use pint jars, mostly.
While you can certainly purchase foaming soap dispensers online, I’m cheap and like to just re-use the ones I get in my Method soap from Target. Reuse and recycle! 😉
What kind of Soap?
As for WHAT kind of soap I like to use in my foaming soap dispensers, I love the Dr. Bronners Liquid Castile soap. It’s gentle on hands and lasts for.ever. I get mine in the big quart jugs and save money by buying it in bulk. There are lots of yummy smelling options to choose from – my favorite is peppermint – and I often add a couple drops of this essential oil to make it smell even better. You can mix and match your scents to create a new favorite scent – all with no chemicals or harsh cleaners – amen for that! My “recipe” that I use to fill my dispensers is 3 parts water to 1 part soap. Again, I just eyeball it and fill my jar 3/4 full of water and then fill the remaining 1/4 with my liquid soap. This gives you lots of mileage for your soap – even with our busy family of 6, one bottle of the Dr Bronner’s soap lasts a really long time.
So There You Have It!
A Farmhouse Style Foaming Soap Dispenser-
I hope you’ve found this little tutorial helpful – and don’t for get to share and PIN for later! 🙂