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A few days ago, when I posted about putting flowers and other fun stuff inside liquid soap bottles, several people either posted a comment or emailed me about canning jar liquid soap dispensers, like this one. They sell them at Lehman’s, too. Four dollars.

And I thought–I can make that myself. Only better. (With flowers!) And for practically nothing.



Fake flowers. You can put anything decorative or fun in there that’s hard and insoluble.

Liquid soap going in.

Lid back on top.

There’s a hole drilled in the center for the pump dispenser. I had this lid from….something, I don’t remember. Maybe a candle. A regular lid and band would do fine, too.

You can fix it down with hot glue if you want. If your hole is just the right size to fit snug, it’ll stay pretty fixed without glue.

Look at that.

So adorably quaint and unusual to keep anywhere and everywhere around the house. Make it unique with your own additions inside the jar. Easy and cheap to create, whether you make your own liquid soap or use store-bought. Great gift idea. And fun! (Definitely going on my Christmas-giving list this year–with my own homemade liquid soap inside.)


  1. Darlene says:

    Only down side to these large GLASS jars and soap is that if you knock over the jar it breaks. If you try to grab it with wet/soapy hands you may drop it and it breaks. Glass all over the place is no fun. I wouldn’t suggest it for a family with little kids. For adults, it shouldn’t be much of a problem.

  2. CindyP says:

    I knew you would make one!!!!

    For those concerned about the glass factor (good point, Darlene!) re-purpose a small peanut butter jar. You could spray paint or decoupage the lid to match the decor even!

  3. SandyCWV says:

    One benefit to this type of jar is – less tippability. Those narrow based store bought soap bottles tip over on my all the time. Maybe I better stick to plastic jars. Pressing the pump on this one will be much more stable.

  4. BethieofVA says:

    Yep, that is mine, but my spout is not quite as tall. I love mine.

  5. Kathy McDonald says:

    Are you using recycled pumps or can you find those sold somewhere? I love this idea!!!

  6. holstein woman says:

    Very nice Suzanne

  7. Julie says:

    That is really lovely! What a GREAT idea!

  8. Ramona says:

    I like it and it fits into the country decor.

  9. Suz in the Tules says:

    Try putting a few drops of essential oil in it, too.
    My soap always smells like real lavender! :purpleflower:

  10. Window On The Prairie says:

    Very pretty and rustic. And I love the addition of the fake flowers. Thanks for sharing Suzanne.
    Suzanne :yes:

  11. kd says:

    My hubby has been making these for me for years. BUT…lesson learned. You want to offset the pump dispenser from the center. Otherwise, the soap drips down all over the jar.

    Now…you solve one for me. HOW do you keep the lid from rusting out?

  12. kd says:

    Love the flower idea. My hubby has been making these for me for years. BUT…lesson learned. You want to offset the pump dispenser from the center. Otherwise, the soap drips down all over the jar.

    Now…you solve one for me. HOW do you keep the lid from rusting out?

  13. Claudia says:

    Am I the only one who cannot find yesterday’s post to see if I won the Mammy Jane book? I never win anything, but hope springs eternal. We were at Lehrman’s Hardware in Kidron, Ohio, last week. The store had flooded and they were having 50% sales on everything.

  14. Sundownr / Bev says:

    Good good job Suzanne!

  15. Patty says:

    How do you keep the lids from corroding when using dish-washing liquid ? Otherwise I love mine


  16. Jennifer Robin says:

    You’ve just given me ideas for sprucing up th eclear soap I buy already bottled. Let’s see… color/theme coordinated for each bathroom… something special in the kitchen… :snoopy:

  17. lavenderblue says:

    Here’s more pumps. Would these work? Although the black pumps look really elegant with the silver lids.

  18. Amber says:

    Wow, I love this idea! You could change them for different seasons and holidays.

  19. Jean McClure says:

    the other day when you had a link to your column in the newspaper and was giving recipes for cleaning agents; when lemon juice was listed, can you use realemon or does it need to be fresh lemon juice. thanks

  20. Nancy in Iowa says:

    :hissyfit: I got this instead of the 3/22 post “Spoon Oil”!!!! Help!

  21. Bonnie says:

    I am certain that you know this, but the posts are not coming up in the correct order when you click on them. Probably some glitch in the new system. Hope you can fix it quickly and it does not cause too much stress.

  22. Sheila says:

    What a wonderful idea to re-purpose canning jars. After reading everyone else’s thoughts… here are my 2 cents. 🙂
    I like the foaming hand soaps. I usually get them from Bath and Body works, but the cost is astronomical and they don’t carry refills. What a waste. So I’ve been looking around for ideas. I like this one. I think, since I prefer the apple scent for my kitchen, I’ll look for some essential oil is this scent. Use some clear dish soap, and water it down so that the foaming pump will work. This will also make the soap last longer. Now, I better log off the computer so I can work on this idea. Thanks for your inspiration.

  23. Victoria says:

    I can’t seem to get to the spoon oil post. I am not computer savvy and am not sure what clearing your browser cache is but I did delete history and cookies and shut down but once back up again I still get the soap post. Any suggestions?

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