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DIY Foaming Hand Soap Dispenser

Do you have a mason jar and paint? If so you can make your own DIY foaming hand soap dispenser with just a lid.

hand soap pump

I’ve been making my own hand soap on and off for years now (get my easy instructions for how to make foaming hand soap here) and have always just reused plastic foaming hand soap containers. 

But I hated how the store-bough plastic container looked on my kitchen and bathroom sinks.

I decided to make some custom foaming hand soap dispensers to match my house colors. 

Here’s how I did this in an afternoon with some Mason jars and paint I already had lying around!

DIY Foaming Hand Soap Dispenser: What You’ll Need

soap pump next to the bathroom sink

Here’s what you will need for your homemade foaming hand soap dispensers: 

  • Dispenser lids and labels (I like this kit from Jarmazing on Houzz)
  • Mason jars with a regular mouth
  • Paint
  • Painter’s tape (not required but helpful)
  • Spray lacquer finish is you aren’t using spray paint
foaming soap dispenser lids from amazon

The set I bought on Amazon

I opted to use pint-sized mason jars. I like how much soap they hold and how they look on the countertop.

However you can use any size mason jar that has a regular size mouth. Wide mouth jars won’t work since the dispenser tops won’t fit them. 

The best things about these is that you can make them any color you want to match your decor. 

I used spray paint on one jar and regular indoor paint in a can on another.

If you decide to use something other than spray paint I would suggest coating it with a spray lacquer like this one from Home Depot. 

How To Make Your DIY Foaming Hand Soap Dispenser

Here’s step by step instructions on how to make your dispensers: 

Cover Threads With Painter’s Tape

painters tape on top of the mason jar

The first thing I recommend doing is using painters tape to cover the threads on your jar. 

This will make it easy to take the top on and of and will keep bits of paint from wearing off and falling into your soap. 

Dip or Spray Paint your Jars

mason jar with painters tape on the rim

For my first jar I decided to dip it into a can of paint. I made sure to mix up the paint and then carefully dipped the jar in. 

dipping the mason jar in the paint can

If you are going to do this just make sure your can of paint isn’t so full that it overflows when you dip the jar in!

If you dip the jar into water-based indoor paint, you’ll definitely want to coat it with some spray lacquer when you are done.

If you don’t the paint will start to come off from the constant contact with water by the sink. 

spray painting a DIY foaming hand soap dispenser

My second jar I decided to spray paint because I had a color of red that would look good in my kitchen. 

Always spray outside and on a surface that can be ruined such as an old cardboard box. There’s no need for spray lacquer if you use spray paint. 

Apply Label and Fill with Soap

completed DIY foaming hand soap dispenser by the sink

After the paint has dried just apply a label if you want (my lids came with cute labels) and fill the jar with soap. 

Get my easy instructions for how to make your own foaming hand soap here or you can buy foaming soap from Target, Amazon, or many other stores. 

Now you have a custom foaming hand soap dispenser that will last for years!

Inspiration for your hand soap dispenser

If you want example of cute DIY foaming hand soap dispensers, look no further than these ideas on Etsy. 

Photo Credit: Tattered2homespun4u

I love this adorable soap dispenser with a heart stencil design

DIY Soap dispensers with distressed finish

Photo Credit: FarmhouseFriendlyCo

And these French country colors with a distressed finish are lovely, too. 

I hope this post gave you lots of ideas for how to create DIY foaming hand soap dispensers.

Any questions? Leave a comment below or send me a message on The Frugal South’s Facebook page

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Connie Sloan

Monday 14th of September 2020

Fill with soap. What kind of soap?


Wednesday 16th of September 2020

You can either buy foaming soap refills at any big box store (Target, Walmart) or make your own like I do:


Monday 14th of September 2020

where did you get the "dispensing" part?


Wednesday 16th of September 2020

I bought mine on Amazon... there is a picture and link in the post or click here:

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