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Mason jars bring back memories. Whether it was opening them to get to the homemade preserves, drinking from them while sitting on the porch or using them to hold fireflies hostage, me and Mason Jars go way back!
Clever Melissa Averinos turns Mason Jars into crafts that impress. One-of-a-kind creations that utilize the Mason Jar and not have them resting on your shelf, collecting dust until the canning season. Her book DIY Mason Jars offers step-by-step instructions to projects that will add a pop of fun to your home.
Probably my favorite project from DIY Mason Jars is the Homespun Soap Dispenser.
Mason Jar Homespun Soap Dispenser Supplies:
- Pint-sized Mason Jar
- Permanent Marker
- Block of Scrap Wood
- Power Drill and Bits
- Needle-Nosed Pliers
- Soap dispenser pump (you can use the pump from an inexpensive soap dispenser)
- Utility Knife
- Hot Glue Gun
- A piece of scrap cardboard
Mason Jar Homespun Soap Dispenser Directions:
- Separate the lid from the band and set the band aside. Using your ruler, measure the diameter of the lid and mark a dot in the center with your permanent marker.
- Place the lid right side up on the block of wood. Using a 3/16-inch bit, drill a pilot hole.
- Next, use a slightly larger drill bit and drill into the pilot hole. Repeat with larger drill bits until the hole stars to approach the size of the pump tube. Do not make the hole too bit! (Ideally, you would work up toa drill bit of the exact width of the pump tube.
- Grab your pliers and keep them closed. Put them through the hole in the lid and apply a bit of pressure as you twist to widen the hole a bit. Keep checking the fit of the pump tube every few turns. You want it to be snug so take your time and widen the hole in small increments. Don’t fret; it’s not an exact science. If you end up with a hole that the tube fits into, then you did it right.
- Once the tube fits snugly into the lid, hold the pump next to the jar with the id level with where it will rest, once assembled with the jar. You will probably see that the “straw” part of the pump extends beyond the bottom of the jar. You need to trim it with your utility knife, so it will fit inside the jar. It should come to 1/2 inch from the bottom of the jar.
- Separate the pump from the lid and thoroughly wipe down each part to remove any metal bits or shavings left from drilling
- Life the collar up and away from the lid a little bit and squeeze some hot glue under the collar. Quickly press the pump back into place and hold it for a few moments until the glue cools.
- Fill the jar with your favorite liquid hand soap and put the lid and band in pace. If you forgo the glue in step 7, you can use this design for ketchup and mustard dispensers.
Like this project?
Check out DIY Mason Jars, written and illustrated by Melissa Averinos for 34 more amazing projects with a Mason Jar.
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