Easy Soap Dispenser Craft

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Introduction: Easy Soap Dispenser Craft

With all the extra hand washing going on at our house my family of 5 has been burning through those little standard size hand-soap bottles. It was definitely time to upgrade to something reusable and a little heftier so I could buy in bulk and not have to refill as often.

I wanted to make something under $5 that was also fun and interesting for the kids. We ended up using a Mason Jar (retired from our food storage) to make a plus-size soap dispenser that the kids are obsessed with.

In this Instructable I will share the quick and easy steps to create a customized bathroom Soap Dispenser that fits your family's style and needs.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

For this project you will need:

  • Mason Jar & Lid
  • Decorative glass beads
  • Interest items
  • Silk Flower
  • Recycled Soap Pump
  • X-acto Knife
  • Super Glue or Gorilla Glue
  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Bulk Hand Soap

Step 2: Add Glass Beads and Interest Items

The kids loved helping with this part! We found these glass beads at the dollar store, but you can also use marbles, stones, water beads, or anything that takes your fancy.

For interest we grabbed a pack of fancy buttons to layer on top of the stones. The sky is the limit on interest items. You could use little toy dinosaurs, a brooch, seashells, etc.

Step 3: Add Silk Flower(s)

I like the look of one large silk flower but again the sky is the limit. I also like the idea of using a faux succulent.

Step 4: Trace Bottom of Pump and Cut Lid

  • Push the bottom of the pump through a piece of paper and trace the lid.
  • Then cut the circle out with a X-acto knife (Careful, not a step for the kids.)
  • Cut the Mason jar lid to the size of the hole on your paper (it will be a bit jagged but that is okay.)

Step 5: Glue Pump to Lid

Line the bottom of the pump with super glue and set it in the lid.

Step 6: Add Soap

Feel free to pick the color of soap that compliments your bathroom decor. An ocean theme would look great with blue soap for instance.

Step 7: Enjoy Your Finished Project!

Enjoy filling up your dispenser less often and have fun making one for the kid's bathroom! I am thinking bright beads, succulent and dinosaur for the kids' bathroom ;)

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    14 Comments

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    msmamurphy
    msmamurphy

    10 months ago on Step 7

    I love the idea !!! But the kids and I are sometimes clumsy, so what about using plastic jars instead of glass? SMILE

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    blndlika28
    blndlika28

    Reply 10 months ago

    Totally a good idea. Our 1 year old isn't allowed to use it ( More of a kitchen sink scrub down for him or hand sanitizer anyway). The 6 year old and 10 year old do great with it though--it's surprisingly hefty with everything in there.

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    obillo
    obillo

    10 months ago

    Probably any food jar that was vacuum-sealed will do; mason jar not required. Check the lid--it is has a 'pop' top[ center, you can probably use it.

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    blndlika28
    blndlika28

    Reply 10 months ago

    Mine isn't a vacuum seal but it works well! As long as the pump tube is long enough

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    Frozengeckolover
    Frozengeckolover

    10 months ago

    This is an awesome idea! I've been saving store-bought jam and salsa jars to do crafts with. They can't be reused for canning, but they would be perfect for soap dispensers. I don't think it needs to be vacuum sealed; just "seal tight" so it doesn't leak if knocked over.

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    blndlika28
    blndlika28

    Reply 10 months ago

    Yep! Mine is not a vacuum seal for sure. The Mason Jar is surprisingly hefty with everything in there.

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    therishel
    therishel

    10 months ago

    I wonder how this would work with a screw top wine bottle? Too tall? You would have to extend the tube to reach the bottom, but that should not be a problem. Hmmm. Thoughts?

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    blndlika28
    blndlika28

    Reply 10 months ago

    I like it. Just needs a longer tube. Seems like something you would see in boutique, or bathroom in Napa Valley

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    Bo HolboR
    Bo HolboR

    10 months ago

    😃 Excellent idea!

    I do have one question though..

    Something that would bother me to no end, (living with OCD can be quite challenging at times) is the presence of air bubbles on and around the beads, LEGO divers, and other interesting things that you choose to add to the soap dispenser.

    Any ideas on how to remove, them?
    (Not everyone has access to a vacuum chamber and pump. And I don’t even think it would work properly in this situation.)

    I’m thinking about pouring the soap in stages, and use a syringe and needle to extract the bubbles. But that would introduce a potentially dangerous tool to the otherwise child friendly project, at one of the most fun parts of it, no less. 🤔

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    blndlika28
    blndlika28

    Reply 10 months ago

    Interesting thought! I went upstairs to check for air bubbles and there are currently zero anywhere in the project It might be because I used the foaming antibacterial soap? My daughter just dumped it all in at once and I just went back to the photos and the only bubbles I could find were a top layer at the surface. I hope this helps!

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    10 months ago

    This looks really nice with the silk flower :)

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    blndlika28
    blndlika28

    Reply 10 months ago

    Thank you! There are a lot of possibilities in switching up the design I spent more time than I should have staring at flowers

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    littlebadwren
    littlebadwren

    10 months ago

    This is so pretty....what a fun activity with the kids! It must’ve been fun squeezing the soap on the flower😄

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    blndlika28
    blndlika28

    Reply 10 months ago

    My daughter is the Queen of Crafts! She loved this one--just something a little different and more grown up than the usual paint and pom poms