Addicted to Mason Jars? You’ll love these 5 DIY’s!

mason jar soap dispenserI am addicted to mason jars.

I wouldn’t buy a case of new ones to make something out of them but I ‘sometimes’ buy foods based on the containers they come in and mason jarred foods definitely have become one of my favorite foods. Jams, jellies, and sauces in mason jars always taste better. Don’t you think so?

And one of my all time favorite foods that come in mason jars is, you guessed it, caramels from The Caramel Jar. Remember the mouth watering caramels I reviewed last year? Yuummo!

Well, these caramels are to. die. for. but the jars are definitely right up there with robins egg blue bag from Tiffany’s, as attractiveness goes. May be a tad bit better, since you can’t eat the stuff that come in Tiffany’s bags.

So when I finished my last caramel – what a horror! – I upcycled the jar to replace the old rusted soap dispenser.

Eeeeeek! Time to recycle this jar!

I tweaked my old tutorial on upcycling a glass jar into a soap dispenser for converting a mason jar because the lid is thinner than a glass jar lid; no electric drill was necessary.

How to upcycle a mason jar into a soap dispenser

Gather a screw driver or an awl and pliers. I put a trivet underneath the lid so I don’t scratch the counter. Remember this trivet I made from using a t-shirt yarn? Well, it worked extra hard in my kitchen! See the burnt marks?

1. Gather your tools 2. Make a small hole under the lid 3. If you need to, you can hammer the screw driver a bit to give it some oomph.

Using the plier, pry the hole open bigger, little bit at a time, until the hole is big enough for the pump to fit in the hole.

4. & 5. Make the hole bigger, bit by bit, from underside, until the hole is big enough. 6. Flatten out the excess with the hammer.

Insert the pump and check the hole size to make sure it’s not too big. Remember, you can always make the hole bigger if it’s too small but not the other way around. As you can see, I could have made the hole a tad bit smaller. But no biggie. If I really want it smaller, I can always try another lid! That’s the beauty of mason jars – the lids can be interchanged with other mason jars!

And voila! My new un-rusted cool soap dispenser!

If you want to just buy them, check out this great selection of mason jar soap dispensers from Etsy!
Here are more mason jar ideas…

From Emmalinebride by Our Labor of Love

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It’s going to be hot this weekend here in NY. I have popsicle recipes coming up so stay tuned!


  1. says

    Neat Ideas!

    P.S. Not sure what the new widget is that you’ve got on the left side of the page that pops when you start reading, but it covers up the first inch or so of text/pictures the whole time. Couldn’t figure out how to make it go away?

    • says

      Hi Erin,
      That’s strange….

      You mean the social media buttons? It’s working fine on my screen. What browser are you using? It’s working fine on Safari.

  2. says

    Apparently, if you get the really little mason jars, you can reuse them to hold single serving pies/crisp that you can store in your freezer. You can bake them straight in the jars! I’ve been meaning to try that for a while. Maybe I’ll do it while we’re swimming in ripe plums.

    • karen says

      Woah….you mean mason jars are oven proof??? And from the freezer too?

      That sounds risky but let me know if you try it ……and if you survive to tell the story. 😛

  3. says

    I laugh at these canning jar ideas…because I use my jars for…canning.=) Imagine that.=) I do put homemade sugar scrub in the small jam jar, but I use my quart jars for tomatoes, peaches, applesauce, green beans and…. Someday I will have shelves of unused jars because I don’t need them fro food anymore, and then I can start up-cycling them.
    Linking up from the homesteading link up.

    • karen says

      Yes, I do use them for foods too but I couldn’t resist using one for making a soap dispenser. I’d hate to buy it when I can make it myself with a leftover jar, you know?

      I need a separate closet for all my glass jars too!

      Thanks for visiting from homesteading link up.

  4. says

    I have been eyeing a mason jar soap dispenser from Lehman’s for a long time, but now I know I can make my own! Awesome!

    Thanks for joining the Homesteading Link Up!

    • karen says

      No need to buy them. If you have an old pump you can reuse, and the size of the tube fits, you can totally make them in a jiffy!

  5. says

    I love the soap dispenser! And I must confess to being a jar slut….if a canning jar lid will fit it, it usually comes home with me.

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