I have been loving our mason jar soap dispensers over the last few months, but with use I've noticed a few things that could use a little re-working. The pump of one of the dispensers became loose so a stronger method of attaching the lid to the pump was needed. Also, where I made the hole in the lid to insert the pump rusted. So I searched online and with a few helpful hints from you guys as comments on the last post I decided to try new pumps and a new method to attach the pumps to the lids.
I bought some nice metal pumps online in a satin nickel finish and some galvanized lids that match pretty closely. I also bought a metal punch set that Brian used to "punch" round holes in the lids to fit the pump. Then he inserted the pump into the hole and used epoxy to attach the pump to a rubber stopper added on the underside of the lid to hold it in place.
Then all that was left to do was screw the lid onto the mason jar.
And a full view:
As for painting the jars, the jars I painted last time around have held up pretty well. There are a few tiny spots where the paint scraped off but nothing very noticeable. If you are relatively careful with the jars (no scouring pads for cleaning) then I think the paint will hold up well.
An advantage with the clear jars is that you can add any color of soap to match your decor or to add a bit of color. Also, there are beautiful blue glass jars, like the "Ball" jar below, but they are harder to come by. I found two blue jars at an antique store a while back, but for clear jars, thrift stores usually have a few in stock for a lot cheaper, or you can use any old jar you have on hand!
Brian and I are actually opening up an Etsy shop to sell these and other things we have made on our blog. Right now we have two sizes for sale, the smaller and larger of the clear jars. (The blue jar soap dispenser is a wedding gift for a friend. She is using old jars as flower vases so I figured she could use the jar for that and then after the wedding she can use it as a soap dispenser, a little wedding memento!) So if you are in the market for a mason jar soap dispenser follow the link below or click on the icon on the right of the page. :o)