Homemade canning jar Soap or Lotion dispenser

My old soap dispenser broke the other day. I didn’t want to make a special trip to the store for a new one, so I decided to make one. I went in my craft room and scrounged around and got supplies to make a canning jar dispenser. As a crafter I hoard keep things on hand for just this type of situation.

I used a 1/2 pint canning jar for this soap dispenser. I think it’s small size gives it a bit of rustic charm.
Here’s the basics of how I made my rustic canning jar soap dispenser.

Gather your supplies:
1 canning jar with with ring and lid
1 dispenser pump (I saved mine from some old soap dispensers years ago)
A tube of silicone
1 hammer
1 nail
1 pair of needlenose pliers
1 small wooden board to use as a support board so you don’t put holes in your floor or table.

Place the jar lid on the board.
Using the hammer and nail, make a close circle of holes.
Using the needlenose pliers snip the holey metal out of the lid.
Using the needlenose pliers, round out the hole.
Place the dispenser pump in the hole and measure the length the feeder tube needs to be and trim it.
Place a bead of silicone around the cap edge securing it to the lid.
Let it set for a few hours or until dry.
Flip the lid upside down and put a good coating of silicone around the pump and lid.
Allow to set overnight or until dry. I let mine set for 24 hours.
After the silicone is completely dry, fill the jar with soap or lotion and use as needed.

 

I hope you all have a great week!

 

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2017 WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Repurpose

2017 WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge
~Repurpose~

“Show us something that you’ve recycled or repurposed,
or an object for which you’ve discovered a clever new use
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strawdespenserRepurpose is kind of a hard challenge for me since most of my recycled/reused projects are already posted on my blog. I gave it some thought and decided on a project that I don’t remember ever posting about: drinking straw dispenser. I made this one years ago. It’s quite handy.
The dispenser is made with a fairly tall jar (mine used to be a Planters nut container years ago)
And you need one pour spout from a carton of juice or something.
Wash the spout box especially the spout part thoroughly. Then put the jar’s lid over the spout and draw a circle around it and cut it out.
That’s the gist of it. It’s relatively simple.
I went on Pinterest and saw a few pins about pour spout mason jars. It’s pretty much the same method.collage

 Wishing you all fun with the WP photo challenge!

 

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DIY Photo Jar Vase

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I did an experiment to see if I could make a vase using a photo glued to the inside of a jar.

sealglueI used Mod-Podge Outdoor Exterior Glue to glue the photo on the inside of the jar.
I let the first coat dry for a few hours and then put on a heavy second coat.
I forgot about let the jar sit a few weeks.
I covered the jar with cling wrap and put painters tape around the top.
I took the jar outside away from the house and sprayed the inside of the jar with Flex Seal.
I let the jar sit over night to allow the flex-seal to dry.
The next day I removed the tape and cling wrap.
I tied a gingham ribbon around the rim of the jar, filled it with water and put some flowers in it.
I’m happy to report that this experiment worked out quite well.
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Here’s hoping all your experiments have positive results.
Have a great week!
🙂
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Using a Mason Jar with a blender For a Single Smoothie

 

My sister has one of those handy dandy single smoothie blender thingies. Like a good little sister still following in her big sister’s footsteps, I wanted one too. I use my blender for smoothies. It’s a bit off-putting to have to wash the many parts for one little old smoothie. So, as I said, I wanted a single smoothie maker.

I went shopping around the internet and was quite dismayed by the prices of the better rated single smoothie makers. I was sad and thought that I’d just stick with my blender… ~sigh of dismay~ and then my little old gears began to turn in my mind and brought forth a memory…

Back in 2001, after a stroke, my Mom couldn’t eat solid foods anymore. My Brother was her primary caretaker and he figured out a way to puree several different foods and keep them on hand without having to clean a complete blender every time: he used mason jars instead of the blender’s pitcher container.
It’s such a clever idea, I asked him how he thought of it.
He told me that back in his younger days, he and his friends made daiquiris in mason jars.
I think it was wonderful he remembered it. I believe that God teaches us things to use later on in life, even when we’re not aware of it. I think the lesson of the mason jar and blender was meant to help during the time of his caring for our Mother.
Mom was certainly grateful for his knowledge and tender care in helping her to try and get better. I wish Mom was still with us. I think she would enjoy the smoothie craze. She loved making milkshakes for us young’uns and our Dad. Mom loved making new recipes, especially dessert type foods.

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After remembering about the mason jar and blender idea, I got a pint mason jar,  put some ingredients in it and happily made a single smoothie.
Goodness it was tasty and clean up was so much easier.

Unfortunately, not all blenders are mason jar friendly. However, if your blender is one that can be used with a mason jar and if you decide to use this idea, some of my following suggestion might be helpful:
-follow blender manufacturers recommendation about ice or frozen ingredients.
-fill the jar only about 3/4 or less of-the-way full,
-make sure the blender collar fits the neck of the jar securely

-use quick ‘pulses’ until you’ve chopped up the crushed ice or/and frozen fruit and/or large chunks of foods. After it’s fairly well chopped up, blend it normally.
-now and then you may need to take the jar off the blender base, leave the blender collar/blades on the jar, shake the food down and then put the jar back on the base to blend some more.
-you can pour your smoothie in a glass or do like I do and drink it from the jar.

I’m glad I remembered the mason jar/blender idea. I use it for more than smoothies. It’s easy to chop nuts, bread crumbs, crackers or other things, put a ring/lid on the jar and save them for later.

Do you have a favorite blender recipe or helpful hint?
Wishing you a smooth rest of the week.

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