September 17, 2010

A(nother) Mason Jar Dispenser

By now, everybody knows about my new favorite decor accessory: mason jars (I usually call them “canning jars”).  I just think they are super cute here and there around the house. I use them as vases,  in centerpieces with filler in them, and I recently just glued a couple to some candlesticks to make my own version of hurricane lamps.

Well, then I saw someone make one into a soap dispenser and I was sold!  I WISH I could remember where I first saw it, but recently, I’ve seen a second version, and the fire was officially lit to finally get going on one.

But to get started, I needed a smaller jar than what I had…and a lid to match.

So while I was visiting my mom over Labor Day weekend, I started rooting around in her cupboards for a smaller jar WITH a lid. 

I did find a jar with a lid, and she was nice enough to let me steal it :)  Thanks Mom! 

I used the pump out of one of our “Softsoap” dispensers (left in our house by the previous owners)…

Then I needed to poke a hole in the lid of the jar.  Since I don’t have drill bits large enough, I used a hammer and nail to perforate in a circle in the middle of the lid.  Then I used the closed head of a pliers to just poke the center hard enough that the middle piece broke enough that I could just wiggle it until it came off.  My dad used to always say, “You need to use the right tool for the job.”  Obviously…. I didn’t do that here, but you’ve gotta work with what you have :)

Then, with a little bit of effort, I pushed the pump down into the top of the lid, where it’s tight enough to not need to be glued.

Finally, I used some twine to decorate the outside of the lid just a little bit. 

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So now I have a nice little decorative soap dispenser for my kitchen sink, and it’s small enough it can even sit right on the sink instead of on the counter.

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Thanks for stopping by!

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12 comments:

  1. I LOVE this! I will be "borrowing" some of my moms old bottles...
    You should come link this up at my Making It With Allie Party!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  2. Well that is just great. Why didn't you do this earlier? I just bought one at some party I had to go to. (It wasn't cheap)
    I never thought I could MAKE ONE! Trust you to come up with this. You are a talented girl.
    Brooke

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  3. I love this idea. You are too clever!

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  4. This turned out so WONDERFUL!! This is fo sho going on my to do list!!

    love your guts
    mandi

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  5. What a cute idea! I might have to do that:) Aimee

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  6. Oh, it is so cute! What a great idea! :)

    Well, I am off to check out your hurricane lamps now...

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  7. I love this Katie!! This is totally on my to do list.

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  8. That is very cute...I'm off to raid my cabinets and hubby's tool box.

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