Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Thrifty Gifty 2010 #2: Canning Jar Soap Dispenser



Lest anyone is mistaken, I need to say from the outset that most of my Thrifty Gifty ideas are not original with me.  So just think of me as your Thrifty Gifty dissemination center.  That being said, I saw this one in Country Living magazine.

You’ll need a mason jar with lid (preferably one of the old zinc lids), and a soap pump.  All of these are pretty common at thrift stores.  You might have a little trouble finding a zinc lid if you’re doing this last minute, but they are easy to find and don’t cost much on ebay.  The project takes about 2 minutes to make, so even if the lid arrived in the mail the night before the gift-giving event, you’d have time.

I bought this soap pump for $1 at Goodwill, just for the pump part.


I have several aqua Ball jars with zinc lids that I got for $1 each a while ago.  However, they are quart jars and too big for this project, I felt.  So I used a newer pint jar (also from the thrift store, about 25c) and one of the old lids.  The old lids fit the new jars!  Now that’s great planning on the part of the Ball jar co.

Drill a 1/2” hole in the middle of the lid. Trim the pump if needed. Put it all together.  Done.


Much nicer.  I don’t have a problem using dish soap for washing my hands, plus this is supposed to be the “hand renewal” kind.


You could give this with a basket of other kitchen items, like cute dishtowels and fancy ruffled rubber gloves (you could probably make those yourself, too).

Country Living used an vintage aqua jar, and I would have if I had a pint-sized one, though I think I would want white or clear dish soap for that.


And just because it doesn’t merit a post of its own:  a few months ago, you may remember, I won a gift certificate to CSN Stores.  I used it to get this pendant for over the sink to replace the boob light that was there.  Love it!  And if you think my sink area is always this tidy, I’ve got news for you.



{northern cottage} said...

cute cute....isn't so much better getting rid of the packaging. So much calmer and prettified!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Cute!! I made of those once, but it didn't turn out as nicely as yours. I think it was too big. LOVE the pendant light. Do you feel like it gives off as much/enough light compared to the boob light? I've been contemplating one for my kitchen...

Michelle @ Dream Home DIY said...

This is sucha great idea. I hate the dish soap out on the counter and this is a WONDERFUL alternative to shoving it under the sink.

Heather said...

Thanks, I always wanted to make one. Soap dispensers are so expensive and half the ones I have bought att Tjmaxx don't even work.

Beverly @ The Buzz said...

Boob light! Thank you!! I thought it was just me! Love the dispenser idea!

Patrycja said...

I think that this idea is really fantastic. It shows how to embellish the kitchen in really fast and straight way! Apart from that such a handmade soap dispenser can be an excellent present, I think that it would appeal to everyone. The way of making is very cheap and accessible, and I will certainly try to do it!