I love mason jars...seltzer bottles...and glass jars or any kind...
Here are a few mason jars on some of our kitchen cabinets... The huge one with the pump on it, is actually an old syrup dispenser.
Back when we first moved to our new home (last April), I made the first soap dispenser for me (I wanted to be sure to work out the kinks)...but actually, no kinks needed to be adjusted... Super easy-peasy!
So, I made some for our grown kids, for friends, for friends' friends...and our younger daughter, Girly~Whirly, was visiting at Thanksgiving, so she made one for a friend...and then I showed a couple of friends, who made some for their friends... they are like rabbits that keep having more rabbits and more rabbits...
Well, only after making mine, did I think to look on pinterest or google for a tutorial. And there are some great ones out there. But I did not see any like how I made mine, so here it goes:
STEP 1 ~ Supplies:
1. Any jar of the size you prefer (I used the jars from some yummy organic spaghetti sauce we like. ..but a canning jar with the silver metal lids will work).
2. Spray paint (I like the black matte finish...this helps to keep the lids from rusting...bright color paint would be fun).
3. paper bag, hammer, nail or screw, heavy duty shears/scissors (or metal cutter, if you do not have heavy duty shears/scissors...ours is from Cutco company and is known for its ability to cut a penny!)
4. bottle of soap (I like the Bath and Body foaming soap pump...but there are soaps at the dollar store or other stores too).
Hammer a few holes with the nail/screw in the center of the lid. I did this on our garage floor.
Be sure the hole is large enough for the tip of heavy duty shears/scissors or metal cutter to fit into.
STEP 3 ~ Cut wedges:
With your heavy duty shears/scissors or metal cutter, snip wedges. This lid had the center circle that worked perfectly for me to fit the size of the soap pump I use. (You may need to mark a circle with a sharpie, as a guide to where you need to cut to).
STEP 4 ~ Open hole:
On the inside of the lid, with the tip of my heavy duty shears, I turn the wedge to curl back. This creates a large hole, that does not have a sharp edge.
And all the curled wedges, help to secure the soap pump. **KEEP in mind, unlike some other tutorials that use silicon or another adhesive to seal their pump to the lids, I do not, so it will leak if tipped over.** But you could add a strong adhesive or silicon along the rim of the pump.
Test out the size of the hole with a soap pump.
With your shears or with your fingers, you can adjust the wedges so your pump has a good, snug fit.
STEP 5 ~ Spray paint lid:
I spray painted these ones in the picture today. So, yes, I put the paper bag out onto the snow :o)
Be sure to spray one side and let dry very well, before turning over lids and spraying paint on the other. Be sure to cover all areas well with paint, so that any exposed metal from cutting will not rust.
STEP 5 ~ Soap pump ready:
Tah-dah! Once paint is all dry, simply push pump into the hole. The diameter of the soap pump will "hide" any uneven opening.
(I just took a photo of the lid I used that had advertisement printing on it, to show you that the pain covered what was on it very well).
STEP 6 ~ Perfect gift:
Completed, hand crafted mason soap jar and a bottle of handsoap are ready to go in a gift bag...perfect for a housewarming gift or a "just because" gift :o)
***TIP #1: The "plastic tubes" that come with the original soaps are a wee short for the taller jars that I show here, but they still work well. I would buy some inexpensive spray bottles from a dollar store and swap out the tubes. Or I would use shorter jars.
Tim #2: To make the soap stretch (at least, with Bath & Body brands), I mix half soap with half water.
***Here is photo of the one I did today for our kitchen hand soap. We have a built in soap pump that I use for dish detergent, in the counter top, but I still like to have hand soap readily available, so have the mason jar filled with hand soap.
And here are more I made last year, for each of the bathrooms...in our home…
Although I have not drawn a mason jar (I would love to do that some time :o), I am sharing some past artwork that start with "M". If you are new to my blog, I share with every post, some art that I have completed. Every one is drawn entirely using a person's name.
This little monkey was drawn entirely with the name LIAM. Additional birth info, in calligraphy, with the lettering called: Bayoneta Pro
This wedding monogram was drawn with C in the bride's name: CODY
S in their last name: STEPHENS and
B in the groom's name: BRAD
The monogram and the calligraphy of their wedding date at the bottom right border was in the lettering style: Sweet Upright Script
This monogram was drawn for the groom's parents.
The first D drawn entirely of DAVID,
The S drawn with their last name: STEPHENS,
the second D drawn with the name: DEBRA
The lettering style of the monogram was in lettering called: Rosabella
This Military one is of a Military Police badge. It was drawn entirely with the last name: KING
Additional calligraphy written above and beneath it, was written in an Old English style lettering.
The first image is shown in black ink only. And the second shows a little gray color added afterwards.
Today, my hubby and I are celebrating 32 wonderful, blessed years married.
Here is my post a few years ago, when we lived in Georgia and celebrated our 29th Anniversary in Savannah. ...another post for our 30th Anniversary. ...our 31st Anniversary was awesome too, but with moving here to Kentucky, I didn't get a post up last year. Next week, I hope to have some pics of our 32nd Anniversary and a bit about what's been happening in our neck of the woods.
Also, Happy Valentine's Day!
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Thank you for stopping over and taking the time to leave a comment. I'd love to know what you have made with mason jars?
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