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Monday, March 5, 2012

{DIY mason jar soap pump}

About 10 years ago I fell in love with the most darling mason jar soap pump that I saw in a catalog...and I didn't buy it. I regretted that decision for a long time, because I absolutely adore them, but now I can make my own!  I'm SO happy with it--I can't wait wait to make a few more. :)


I was surprised at how quick they are to make--it really only took about 15-20 minutes to get it put together, plus the overnight drying time.  I used a vintage mason jar and zinc lid that I found at a garage sale a couple of years ago, but you could use a regular mason jar.  You do need to use the zinc lid though, and after a quick google search, I came up with a few buy options--for around $1 apiece. Most of the ones I saw you had to buy in a group of 10 or so, but this would be something you could go in on with a friend or two.  You could also scout garage sales, habitat re-sale stores, and even craigslist.

What is a zinc lid? It's the kind of lid that came with a vintage mason jar--it's one whole lid, rather than a ring with a flat lid like they are now.  They fit most mason jars (not wide mouth)--old and new.



For the pump, a $1 liquid soap that I found at our local store, and I'm happy with the neutral, clear color. I've also seen them with white pumps. I didn't want to purchase a more expensive silver or oil rubbed bronze pump, but if you like that look better (but don't want to spend the money to buy one, either), you could always spray paint it using a bronze paint-but PRIME it first! Or buy one.  :)
SUPPLIES:
  • mason jar, with zinc lid
  • liquid soap container with pump
  • drill and 7/8 spade bit
  • E6000 or gorilla glue
DIRECTIONS:

1. I started with my mason jar and lid, and a $1 container of liquid soap from my nearest store.  Empty the soap into your mason jar, remove the pump, and rinse it to it's clean of any soap residue.



2.  Grab a pair of sharp kitchen scissors and cut out the top part of the soap dispenser, like this:


3.  Draw an x on the top of the zinc lid where you want your pump to be.  


Using a spade bit, drill a hole in the top of your lid.  We used a 7/8 bit, because that was the size that most closely matched the size of the opening of the top part of the container we just cut off--it will be fitting through that hole, and needs to fit as tightly as possible.  Try a few different sized bits on a wood board, then try and fit that threaded top through each hole until you get the right fit.


Once you start drilling, you will hit a solid plastic-y layer first.  You don't need it, and you can remove the pieces and continue drilling all the way through.


4.  Once your hole is drilled, make sure that the top part of your container will fit through the hole easily, but tightly.  I had to take my tin snips and make a few tiny cuts to make sure that it would fit through.  It should look like this:



5.  Once you know it fits, you're ready to glue it in place! I actually trimmed a little more of the plastic off--closer to where the threads were, so it wouldn't show below the lid.  Using E6000 or Gorilla Glue (remember---GG foams up quite a bit, so be careful with the amount that you use), and apply it NOT to the threads (where you screw on the lid), but just below that, on it's "shoulders", where it will sit against the bottom of the zinc lid. Slide it into place firmly, and let it dry overnight.



6.  Once it's completely dry, you're ready to screw in your soap pump, and then the lid onto the jar.


There you have it! A DARLING soap pump for your kitchen or guest bath--it will add the perfect touch of vintage charm. What a fun gift, too...




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21 Comments:

Blogger Amanda said...

Thanks so much for this tutorial!! I am totally going to make one of these for my kitchen..

Scrappy hugs,
Amanda :0)

March 5, 2012 at 11:46 AM  
Blogger gotjoy3 said...

Love it. Thanks for sharing this. Iwill for sure try this.

March 5, 2012 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger Just Simply Live said...

OH I LOVE IT. Can't wait to make one.

March 5, 2012 at 12:18 PM  
OpenID Angela said...

Where do you get "zinc lids?"

March 5, 2012 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger Star Creations said...

Why did you use zinc lids?

March 5, 2012 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger kierste said...

Zinc lids are just the kind of lid that came on vintage mason jars--they don't have a ring with a flat lid--it's just one whole lid that fits mason jars (new and old).

You need a lid that will still fit a mason jar, but is one piece, which is why you need it.

You can find them at garage sales, and maybe craigslist, ebay, etsy, or even your local habitate restore.

Good luck!

March 5, 2012 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger debb said...

The vintage look is just so appealing! I am so going to try it this weekend. Thanks for the step by step instructions!

March 5, 2012 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger debb said...

The vintage look is just so appealing! I am so going to try it this weekend. Thanks for the step by step instructions!

March 5, 2012 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger debb said...

The vintage look is just so appealing! I am so going to try it this weekend. Thanks for the step by step instructions!

March 5, 2012 at 3:10 PM  
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March 5, 2012 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

INGENIOUS!! You are so smart. It is aDORable!

Thank you for sharing!

robin :-)

March 5, 2012 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

Such a cool idea! Thanks for sharing!

March 5, 2012 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger The Foxy Fam said...

Love, love, love this idea! I am in love! I found your AMAZING blog a few weeks ago and I just have one question for you. How do you do it? I am overcome with admiration for you! You are a mom of five kids; two sets of twins in the mix, no less :), you run marathons and 1/2 marathons, keep a spotlessly clean and organized house, teach piano lessons, craft your little heart out, look like you have a darling family, and you have time to blog about it!!! How do you do it?! :) Every time I read your blog I feel uplifted and inspired! It makes me feel happier and eager to try things here in my own home. I just so appreciate you taking the time to share a little piece of who you are. You seem like you have such a positive outlook and zest for life and share that with those around you!! You make motherhood look beautiful and fun-- something that I already believe in!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Now can you share all your secrets with me?!! I would love to know them!!

March 5, 2012 at 11:27 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

This is so cute! I love it. And it seems pretty easy. I will definitely be making this! I would love for you to share it add my link party!
http://thewinthropchronicles.blogspot.com/2012/03/share-it-link-party-1.html

March 6, 2012 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger {northern cottage} said...

lovely lovely - i'm smitten with your little mason jar & the zinc lid puts it over the top Great tutorial darlin! xo

www.NorthernCottage.net

March 6, 2012 at 6:01 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Oh my! I can't wait to try this one!! Lovely tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

March 10, 2012 at 7:03 AM  
Blogger Rwilson said...

Came across this post on pintrest and completely fell in love with the mason jar soap dispenser...So I made one!!! :) I didn't have a zinc lid on hand, and I'm way too impatient to wait on finding one, so I decided to try a regular lid, just to see what would happen...I left the lid on a large mason jar so they would stay together and made the hole, being very careful not to break the glass. The only issue I had was that the top of the lid is so thin my drill bit kept ripping it open. After about 4 tries, 4 lids, and 4 different drill bits, I finally got it right! It turned out fabulous and I'm completely in love! Thanks so much for the DIY tips, its so cute, and so much cheaper than buying one premade! :)

March 11, 2012 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger Rwilson said...

Came across this post on pintrest and completely fell in love with the mason jar soap dispenser...So I made one!!! :) I didn't have a zinc lid on hand, and I'm way too impatient to wait on finding one, so I decided to try a regular lid, just to see what would happen...I left the lid on a large mason jar so they would stay together and made the hole, being very careful not to break the glass. The only issue I had was that the top of the lid is so thin my drill bit kept ripping it open. After about 4 tries, 4 lids, and 4 different drill bits, I finally got it right! It turned out fabulous and I'm completely in love! Thanks so much for the DIY tips, its so cute, and so much cheaper than buying one premade! :)

March 11, 2012 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger Rwilson said...

Came across this post on pintrest and completely fell in love with the mason jar soap dispenser...So I made one!!! :) I didn't have a zinc lid on hand, and I'm way too impatient to wait on finding one, so I decided to try a regular lid, just to see what would happen...I left the lid on a large mason jar so they would stay together and made the hole, being very careful not to break the glass. The only issue I had was that the top of the lid is so thin my drill bit kept ripping it open. After about 4 tries, 4 lids, and 4 different drill bits, I finally got it right! It turned out fabulous and I'm completely in love! Thanks so much for the DIY tips, its so cute, and so much cheaper than buying one premade! :)

March 11, 2012 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger Anja said...

Smart!!!

March 25, 2012 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Anja said...

Smart!!!

March 25, 2012 at 8:41 PM  

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