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Easy DIY Mason Jar Foaming Soap Dispenser {& DIY foaming soap}

Today I have a super quick and easy project that will add a little more joy to your life {if you are like me and simple, pretty things bring you joy}. It is an Easy DIY Mason Jar Foaming Soap Dispenser.

Easy DIY Mason Jar Foaming Soap Dispenser graphic.


I was given this adorable Mason Jar with a straw by my sweet friend for Christmas – and I absolutely love it… but it got me to thinking…

Mason Jar Foaming Soap Dispenser and a foaming soap beside it.

I had always wanted to turn a Mason Jar into a handy soap dispenser… so I asked my husband to cut the hole in the top a little larger… plugged in the top from my foaming soap bottle… and done!

Cutting a hole in the top of the mason jar and inserting a straw.


To cut the hole we used a drill press. First we determined the size that we wanted the hole to be and tested it out on a scrap of wood:

A scrap of wood being held up showing a round hole that was cut.

Next we found the center of the mason jar lid, lined it up with the center point on the drill press bit, and then drilled down. It took a little while and we were careful while doing it so that the lid wouldn’t crack.

Using a drill press to cut the hole in the lid.

An alternative method (if you don’t have access to a drill press) would be to trace the shape of the size circle you need cut out onto the lid of the jar. Then use a regular drill to drill individual holes around the edge of the circle (keeping tight to the inside of the circle line) until you have the entire circled ‘drilled out’.

Once the hole was drilled, we lightly filed the edges with a metal file and then placed the foaming soap dispenser piece into the lid. You can see below that the fit is quite tight:

Putting the soap dispenser fitting in the soap jar.

I didn’t use glue to attach the plastic dispenser piece to the mason jar lid for a couple of reasons. One, I find that the foaming soap dispenser lids tend to give out after a few months of use and I wanted to be able to eventually switch it out for a new plastic foaming dispenser piece. Two, I keep my soap up on the windowsill above the sink in a little dish so I am not fearful of it being tipped over and making a mess.

If you want to make sure that your soap dispenser won’t leak if it tips over (like, if you plan to use it in a kid’s bathroom!) then I would think that adding a little gorilla glue around the edge of the dispenser would do the trick (follow all package directions of course).


I have since switched over to use this type of a top for my mason jar soap dispenser because they are rust proof. Over time I find that they do get rusty, so this is my newest find!

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How to Make Your Own Mason Jar Foaming Soap Dispenser poster.

How cute is that??

I also dressed up my dish soap by putting it into an adorable glass lemonade bottle.

Dishsoap in a lemonade bottle beside the hand soap dispenser and a small pear on the counter.


I love the pretty soap arrangement on my window sill…

Easy DIY Foaming Soap Dispenser at the sink in front of the window.

Oh- and to make the soap I just filled the mason jar about 1/3 full with regular ol’ dish soap (see how they match 🙂 – and then added water to fill the rest of the jar. That is the most basic way I know of to create DIY Foaming Soap – it is really the dispenser lid that works its magic…. you really only need watered down regular soap.

Do you know another trick for making your own foaming hand soap?

I love quick and easy projects… don’t you? Here are some other ones that I have done recently…

Thanks for reading. And remember my housie friends, HOME isn’t built in a day. Enjoy the journey!



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  1. You can avoid the rust issue if you buy the plastic lids in the canning jar area at the store they are sold in a box of 8 I think works great!

  2. Hi Krista, I hate throwing away nice everyday items and like recycling them . Thanks for sharing your ideas


  3. Great idea! I tried it but where I cut the hole rusted! Any tips on how to prevent the pasta jar cap from rusting?Thanks

    1. I am having the same issue. I LOVE this. I made a couple and have been using it in my home, but have noticed the cut hole rusting. Any ideas on how to prevent that?

      1. Hi Coleen! I have been thinking about the same thing. I wondered if cleaning off the rust and drying the lid, then sealing over the edges with some clear varathane or perhaps even clear nail polish might work? I haven’t tried it yet but I think I might give it a try soon. Best of luck!

  4. Guess what I did to make it a tad bit sturdier that did not require glue. Just trim the top screw top and shoulder off the foaming soap plastic bottle. No glue necessary just poke it thru the canning jar lid hole from underneath and then simply screw the foaming dispenser lid back on like before. No fear of it slipping off or causing a spill if the jar tips over.

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  6. Saw your post at the C.R.A.F.T party! I had to stop by since your photo really caught my eye!

    This is especially a great way to up cycle those B&BW body soap bottles. I always feel so guilty throwing them away, but I could not think of a way to reuse them well enough. Well, now I know!! I may just have to make one for myself, and then make a few to hand out to friends 😀

    Anyway, I’m so glad I found your blog–I’m following you now, and I look forward to your new posts! 🙂

    Would love it if you stopped by our Facebook page and said “hi!”


    1. Hi Carla! It is actually just dish soap – Sunlight brand, Cucumber and Melon ‘flavour’. I use soap to make my foaming hand soap… a little bit of soap on the bottom and water added. That is why the dish soap and the hand soap match! Fun, thrifty, and works really well:)

  7. I have had everything to make one under my sink for months now! I need to get on it already!! Thank you for the tutorial and ‘push’ I needed 🙂

  8. Question does the soap dispenser actually lock in place? It looks to me you could just pull it out. What if it gets knocked over will he dispenser fall out?

    1. Great question Beckie! In fact I went over and tested it myself after I read your question (I keep it up on the windowsill inside a little dish so I hadn’t thought of that issue). Mine fits pretty snugly into the whole so it doesn’t come out that easily, but if the whole were slightly bigger it probably would. In that case I would use some gorilla glue to attach the dispenser to the mason jar lid. I am going to add some more pictures to my post later on today to better answer questions like yours. Thanks for bringing it up!

  9. When the hand soap is gone in little bottle I’ll be making this. Love color of soap and using the blue mason jar. Gotta love those mason jars. This week Michaels has 6 small blue jars for $9.99 and green ones. Yeahoo. Gotta get me some of those babies.
    Glad you shared this with us, been wanting to make a mason jar into soap holder. Happy Easter

  10. I’ve been wanting to make one too! Love how pretty it looks! Such a great idea to put your dish soap in a wine bottle!!

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