I typically buy one nice looking bottle of soap for each bathroom and then refill it with generic Market Basket brand soap for years and years. The problem is that even the prettiest bottles get yucky looking over time - the soap congeals on the bottles and eats away at the labels.
We're hosting a big family Christmas party this year so we wanted to class up our dispenser situation (easily and cheaply). This DIY was the perfect solution - we had all of the supplies on hand and it only took a few minutes to complete!
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You will need: mason jars (whatever size you prefer), plastic pumps (from your old plastic dispensers), a pointy tool to make holes (we used an awl, but a screwdriver would probably work), wire cutters (or small, sharp scissors), and spray paint. Optional (used in Step 7): mounting tape.
Take the top off the mason jar and put the screw ring aside, so you're only focusing on the metal plate piece of the lid.
Using your pointy tool poke 3-4 holes in the center of the top of the mason jar lid. This starts the hole for the plastic pump.
Using your wire cutters or scissors cut a hole connecting the poked holes in the center of the mason jar lid.
Make sure to make the hole smaller than the round bit of the plastic applicator - the top of the applicator should sit on the top of the mason jar lid.
Push the plastic pump into the top of the lid. Screw the top on to the mason jar to make sure the fit is secure.
Once you have a good hole cut remove the plastic applicator and get ready to paint.
We had gold and silver spray paint on hand, which was perfect since I wanted one of our soap dispensers to have a gold lid and one to have a silver lid.
The gold paint was Rustoleum Metallic and the silver paint was Krylon Chrome. Both work well for this project.
Put on your breathing mask (assuming you're indoors since it's November!) and spray the lids and the screw tops of the mason jars. One coat should be enough.
Let dry for 10 minutes.
While you're waiting for the paint to dry fill up the mason jars.
We used enormous mason jars, so they needed a lot of soap.
I filled one with orange soap (for the gold downstairs bathroom) and one with clear soap (for the silver upstairs bathroom).
Since we were putting a big bottle on a pretty small, sloping bathroom sink ledge we added a piece of mounting tape to the bottom of the jar for added security. The mounting tape will keep the jar from sliding into the sink and breaking. It's not so sticky that we can't lift the jar for refilling and cleaning.
This step is optional - and you don't need to do it if your sink has a wide/flat ledge.
Pop the plastic pump back into the top of the mason jar lid. Screw both pieces onto the mason jar.
Here's an image of the gold lidded jar in our downstairs bathroom. Thanks to this DIY it's secure and pretty.
Looks pretty fancy, right? Takes like 30 minutes and costs $0 if you have jars and paint on hand. Try it for yourself and let me know how it comes out. <3