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DIY Mason Jar Soap Pump

Well my love of old Mason jars keeps on going…this time it’s a DIY Mason Jar Soap Pump! As you know from my previous posts on my jar obsessions, I love me a good jar. And I love being able to reuse pretty things!

Around Bloggyland, I had seen these soap dispensers, and thought they were so pretty, but just didn’t really know how I could make my own.  Suddenly one day I felt inspired, so on the weekend my hubby bust out the drill, and a pretty Mason jar soap dispenser was born. 

Isn’t she lovely?!

DIY Mason Jar Soap Pump

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What You Need to Make Your Soap Pump:

  • Mason Jar
  • Jar lid
  • Pretty paper to jazz up your jar.  Cut it to fit and cover your tin lid.
  • A pump from an old dispenser.  I took mine off of a lotion jar from the grocery store.  I think you can also buy these at craft stores.  But any old soap dispenser will do.
  • Glue gun.

How to Make Your Soap Pump:

  • Drill a hole in the centre of your lid, so that it is big enough to fit the bottom portion of your pump.
  • Assemble.
  • I used the glue gun on the bottom of the lid, to make a seal between the soap pump and the jar lid.  This will also help to prevent the lid from rusting.
  • Be pretty and pump on!

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Too easy.  So pretty!

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    April 15, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    I too have been toying around with the idea of making one of these. One for the kitchen and one for the bathroom. Just haven’t done it yet. I love jars and just recently done an entire post on them with a link party.

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    April 15, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    This is brilliant! And so pretty. It even caught hub’s attention. lol.

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    April 15, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Love this! Great way to upcycle too!

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    April 15, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

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    Kathryn Michelle Jenkins
    April 15, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    this is awesome. thanks for posting. I may just try it. so cool.

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    April 15, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    Wow this is such a great idea!!! I love it! Thanks for sharing!


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    Ali Richardson
    April 15, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    Adorable!!! I love me a good jar too 🙂

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    Jill @ Just Dream, Jelly Bean!
    April 15, 2011 at 11:25 PM

    Thanks for sharing this…what a great idea! There’s just something about mason jars, so I know what you mean! I made this pretty little number from a mason jar, so thought I’d share with you…

    Have a fabulous weekend!

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    April 16, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    What a fan and beautiful idea! I love this 🙂 I am a brand new follower. I found your blog through your link up on WhipperBerry.

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    heather {WhipperBerry}
    April 17, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    I totally agree with you, mason jars of any type are lovely!!!


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    April 18, 2011 at 1:33 AM

    I can’t tell you how much I love this idea. Sometimes I take my soap dispensers that are empty and cover them with a cute vinal label and refil them. I like this idea so much more. Thanks for sharing.

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    April 18, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    I love this idea! And it looks so simple to do. NOw I know how to spice up my soap dispenser! 🙂

    Visiting from craft-o-maniac.

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    April 18, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    This is so creative. Thanks for you mason jar obsession – it makes for some great ideas.
    Visiting you from Lolly Jane

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    Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma
    April 19, 2011 at 2:51 AM


    I’ve never seen this before! Love it!

    I have 100s of Mason Jar pining for new life in my garage…this has given me some ideas

    {saw you over at A to Z!}

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    Condo Blues
    April 19, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Do you KNOW how much money you saved doing this DIY? I saw the same thing without the cute paper in a store in Amish country for big $$$.

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    Love Lish
    April 19, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    YAY! I’m not the only jar crazed person out there. But, I also have a basket thing, (GULP) Thanks for sharing this great idea. Looking like new soap dispensers for me! Thanks again!

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    Shabby Soul
    April 19, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    I made one of these a few months ago & love it. I really love how you prettified the top with the paper!! I need to do that!

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    April 20, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Awesome!! I am ALLL about reusing old mason/baby food jars! Love this idea! I really want to do this for my kitchen soap.

    Delighted Momma

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    April 21, 2011 at 2:51 AM

    love it and I’ll make it! have lots of jars too 🙂

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    Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made
    April 21, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Who knew!? Thanks for posting — how great to be able to make these to fit your decor!

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    April 24, 2011 at 4:03 AM

    How adorable! I’ve seen these too and thought they looked SO cute but didn’t really take the time to figure out how to do it. Well now I am gonna do it FOR SURE because I didn’t know it was so easy!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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    April 26, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    I so want to do this in the kitchen! Thanks so much for sharing!


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    April 27, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    Love this! I just paid $15 at a local “primitive” store for something similar. I’m makin’ the next one! I think I’ll do one for our toothbrushes too! Thanks for the idea!

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    Carrie K
    April 28, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    What a fantastic idea!!!

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    May 10, 2011 at 7:49 AM

    is there a post somewhere with millions of ideas for re-using mason jars- i’ve got boxes of them too in the shed!

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    May 10, 2011 at 7:50 AM

    not sure how to do this?

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    August 13, 2011 at 3:32 AM

    Love this! Thanks for sharing.

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    Elizabeth Peckham
    October 10, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    I love these! Quick question… How do you get the dispenser to stay? I’ve tried to use an extra one from home, and there is nothing for it to screw in to?

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    A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
    October 11, 2011 at 1:40 AM

    @Elizabeth PeckhamThanks Elizabeth! At first I didn’t use anything, but I made another one and actually used a glue gun and glued underneath the lid. It’s held really well! Good luck!

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    November 27, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Very cute! I modified it slightly by cutting just below the threads on a plastic bottle, made the hole large enough to push the threading through, and just screw the pump back on. No gluing required and easy disassembly if you need to replace the mason jar lid.

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    December 8, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Does the paper (on the top of the lid) get soggy from water drips?

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    December 29, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    I would also like to know if the paper on the lid gets soggy from water drips…Or does the rim of the lid get rusty after a while?

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    March 2, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Hi Jo-Anna! I just found you through Pinterest & I love your blog. I’m your newest follower through linky tools 🙂

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    June 1, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Thanks for this amazing idea ! I had found this on pinterest and could not help but making one right away ! I hope you dont mind but I linked your blog to my inspiration section on my blog ! Thanks again this was great !

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    June 11, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    must use up my lotion faster so I can make this. . .

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    Heather Farris
    July 14, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    I’ve made several of these and I can’t seem to keep the lid from rusting away. Did the hot glue keep your jar lid from rusting?

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    Christopher Battles
    July 17, 2012 at 4:44 AM

    Thank you. Great idea.

    K, bye

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    July 28, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    I LOVE it!

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    Helen B. @ Blue Eyed Beauty Blog
    September 29, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    This looks so beautiful! I have it on my list of things to do soon for my new apartment!

    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

    P.S. I am now following via email!

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    November 20, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    I’ve made these from Classico jars! Spray painted the lids to match the kitchen/bathrooms. I, too, cut the plastic just below the threads & push up through the hole to screw the pump lid back on BUT to help keep everything rust-resistent I go around the plastic, inside & out, with a thin bead of clear tub & tile caulk!

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    Rebecca Harding
    December 2, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Completely broke for Christmas this year and this will make great Christmas presents for family! Buy some nice smelly soap and fill them up! Thanks!

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    Malinda Fliney
    December 25, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    I love this! I love old jars and use them for canisters and this is one more way to use my smaller ones! thanks

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    January 6, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Do you mod podge the paper on the top?

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    April 16, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    First of all I want to say fantastic blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts before writing. I’ve had a hard time clearing
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      April 28, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      I love this idea, however, I would use old pickle, and or relish jars, or any glass jar that a canning lid and ring would fit on. That way I can save my canning jars for canning. :)…Going to make several as gifts.

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    .Lydia Black
    April 28, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    I think that this would look great with a smaller “jelly” mason jar, too

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    May 5, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    I saw this project yesterday and immediately had to make two for my kitchen, one for hand soap and one for hand lotion. Instead of using paper I used fabric to match my curtains. I cut a circle using pinking shears and attached it by using spray adhesive. They sure do dress up my sink area.

    Thank you for sharing this great idea.

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      May 9, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      Hi Linda! I’m so glad you made some – they really are so simple and they make the sink area look so pretty! Great idea using the fabric to match too!

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    May 9, 2013 at 6:27 AM

    I’m not sure if it was Mason or Ball (I think Mason) but they just re-released repro’s of the old blue jars. I don’t know if these are limited edition or not. They would make really pretty dispensers. I’ve seen them at Ben Franklin’s.

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      May 9, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      Thank you so much for letting me know Heidi! I would absolutely love to get my hands on a set of those!!

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        May 9, 2013 at 6:25 PM

        You are welcome. I looked them up on Amazon today and them have them. They are made by Ball. Thanks for the great idea!

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          May 9, 2013 at 6:25 PM

          Oops. They have them. Ha. Ha. Sorry for the typo.

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    February 23, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    thanks for the tip! I made one for the bathroom but the lid rusted really bad so I am going to try the hot glue trick. I also have one for our toothbrushes and another for combs. Looks great in my outhouse decorated bathroom.

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    March 26, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    I think that any jar will do as long as it has a good tight fitting lid, the straw part can be cut to size….

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    April 4, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    They have the blue mason jars at Ace Hardware in my area and they can also order in the green ones for you if you ask them.

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      April 4, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      I would love blue mason jars! Thank you so much for sharing Linda!

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    April 8, 2014 at 4:58 AM

    Great project. Unfortunately, our church uses Mason jars every Super Bowl for a soup and sub fundraiser, so I never have any spares. In fact, back in the 70s when I was just a Flower Child, I bought 12 dozen Mason jars for canning. Well, that CHORE didn’t last into another season and the jars were washed, re-boxed and placed in the attic when we moved. Then I donated them for the “cause”.

    Just curious . . . if you drill a hole in the lid to fit the size of the pump dispenser — shall we call it the “straw” — and then you glue it TO the jar, HOW will you refill it??? And what kind of soap are you using ??? Thanks.

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    April 8, 2014 at 5:03 AM

    PS: The front page displaying your site called the project a SOUP dispenser. I’m like Whaaaaa? That’s what really led me here, but now that I see it’s a SOAP dispenser, I like it even better ! ! ! LOL…

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    June 16, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    I made one and I loved it until it rusted on me. 🙁

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    July 5, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Hello, thank you for sharing your tutorial. I love the idea. I found a box full of mason jars last weekend at a yard sale and I was looking for some ideas to use them for crafts. And I stumbled upon your blog. I have included a link to your page from mine. I do hope that is ok. If not please let me know I will have it removed. Thank you again for the great post!
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    August 22, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Where do you get the soap in large quanities? Thanks love the idea.

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    Kim Blank
    December 28, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Great Idea!!

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    March 7, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    can also spray paint the lids

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    March 16, 2015 at 1:25 AM

    Not really child friendly if you need to use a drill.

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    December 30, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Plastic screw tops for canning glass jars are available and won’t rust. I’m going to try that.

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    March 6, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    Niceee! Have my list of wonderful DIY I plan to do.

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    Bethany Van Hecke
    October 14, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    Oh man I wish I had seen this before! I cut out a piece of plastic for the top of mine, but this makes much more sense. Thanks for sharing!

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    Sassy Planet
    June 26, 2017 at 12:07 PM

    This is a great idea! Goes right in line with my white kitchen fetish!

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    Darlene @ Castle Revival
    January 8, 2018 at 11:20 AM

    Hi, Joanna. Just had to say thank you for sharing this tutorial. I will save my soap pump to use for mine. What a great idea to jazz it up with a patterned insert. Loved it! Pinned it! Have a great week 🙂

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      January 8, 2018 at 2:10 PM

      Hi Darlene! I’m so happy you like the tutorial!

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    February 11, 2018 at 9:27 PM

    Hello, I seen where people said the lids are rusting well …… I read in another post about using peanut butter lids on jars in the freezer so no rust on jars. I think it would be a perfect solution for the soap dispenser too. You could paint or cover it with fabric to match 🙂

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    Ashley Hoober
    October 25, 2018 at 4:00 PM

    I love this idea! at bath and body works they sell something similar, but it so expensive! And I prefer a more natural soap. Now I can by my soap in bulk and fill my wonderful mason jar pump 🙂

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      October 28, 2018 at 9:31 AM

      It’s such a great way to make something that matches our own decor too! I love mine!

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