Like my last post, today’s September Short Project is part of a larger plan. If you’re a Pinterest addict like me, you may have seen the idea of turning jars into soap dispensers. I’ve always wanted to try it, and decided to give it a go in preparation for a future project – making my own soap. But first things first.
I started with two ordinary jars from my pantry. I save all the glass jars we use in the house for just such an occasion. I picked these based on their height, which was perfect for the pump mechanism that I stole from my plastic bottle of supermarket soap.
With an xacto, I cut a cross in the underside of the first lid, flipped it over, and used a knitting needle to punch out a hole.
I had to widen it a little to make sure that the pump mechanism would fit in.
Next I inserted the plastic pump from my supermarket soap. You can buy nicer metal soap pumps (I don’t know where), but I preferred to use what I already had. I lined the rim of the pump with superglue, although it was already a tight fit, so I could have skipped this step. I had to chop off a tiny bit of the tube so that it didn’t hit the bottom of the jar, but be careful when doing this – you want the tube as close as possible to the bottom, so you are able to use all the soap.
Then I filled the jar with the remaining supermarket soap – for now.
And voilà! Home made soap pump.
One for the kitchen, and one for the laundry!
I used some Kaisercraft labels I had lying around to make the jars pretty. I stuck them on with clear tape, which I overlapped on top of the labels to make sure that no water would get through and ruin them.
Aren’t they pretty? Even better, they will be the perfect repository for my future home made soap! That is, if I ever get through the gallon of supermarket soap I still have to use…
Other September Short Projects: