Mason Jar DIY Soap Dispenser

Mason Jar DIY Soap Dispenser

This post has been a long time in coming considering I do a tutorial for almost all my projects and these jar are have been the most popular items in my shop

for months. Well better late than never. I am using a Ball heritage mason jar that is already blue  If you would to learn how to tint your masons gorgeous vintage blue for pennies a jar check out my tutorial on painting glass here.

This is a pretty simple process I include tips I have learned from making about 100 jars. But if you have any tips please share with me.

First Gather your tools

You mason jar lid.

I am using a ball mason jar with the two part self sealing lid but i have also used this technique on regular old spaghetti jars lids.

Washer with 5/8″ opening. I have found this to be the perfect size that a soap dispenser will fit through. You can get it at home depot or Loews about 40 cents.

Mason Jar DIY soap dispenser

What you need

A nail
A Hammer
E600 adhesive available at your Local craft store
Soap Dispenser pump. Save your old ones or soap with a dispenser from the dollar store.

First center the washer on your lid and trace the inner circle on the lid. You can draw free hand this just is really easy with the washer and the perfect size soap dispenser.

The I use the nail and hammer to punch holes around the circle. After you have punched the holes all around the circle use your pliers to twist the metal and remove it  out of the hole. it’s pretty easy at the metal of the top is thin.

A funny aside is that it drives men crazy when  they see me do this. They think its too much work. My ex husband spent two hours running around trying to figure out how to do this with a drill. Meanwhile i had done 22 lids with my low tech technique.

h wasn’t happy with his result, I thought his outcome was perfect was perfect but apparently the drill was so out of control going though the thin metal he was afraid he would get maimed. I didn’t actually  see the wild drill but I’ll give it a shot myself and see what the fuss is about. I have an idea to improve on his technique. i’ll keep you posted. My other male friend is working on sharpening the end of a pipe so it can punch straight through the metal; he’s been working on that one  for months.  But I got distracted, back to the tutorial!

Mason Jar DIY soap dispenser

Making your hole

With this particular lid I spray painted it black obviously you don’t need to do that, but you can. I think it is a very elegant combination the black and the blue. if you are spray painting your lid make you hole before you paint. That way you won’t remove any paint as you make the hole.

So with your hole you are ready to glue your soap dispenser in. I use the Adhesive E6000 as it is very strong, water resistant. I had used hot glue before and if the lid was jolted or fell it would come apart, not so with E6000.

Mason jar DIY soap dispenser tutorial

Gluing your soap dispenser to the lid. I glue a washer to the bottom to protect from the jagged edges

Apply E600 the base of  the soap dispenser and place it through the hole. Your glue should set in an hour so you can handle it. I have been gluing a washer to the underside of the lid so no one will come in contact with jagged metal edge from making the hole. I  just came across a great idea to put silicone around the jagged edge. Sounds fab I can’t wait to try. I’ll let you know. Now look at your fantastic result.  Till next time… Melissa

Mason Jar DIY soap dispenser tutorial

Your handy work. Now you just need to figure out where to put it.

Review of Modern Masters Metal Effects Kit

Review – Tutorial of Modern Masters Metal Effects Kit

I am very Lucky that I have been asked to review Modern Masters Metal Effects Kit. First let me tell you a story. This is actually a true story. I had this Cherub wall hanging I bought I always wanted to do something with. It hung out in my house for yearsunchanged and kidda creepy with its doll like eyes I’m surprised my son didn’t complain. I actually had it in my car to donate but I was determined to do

Modern Masters Metal Effects kit

The finished results, just gorgeous. Talk about Shabby Chic!

something with that Cherub. I always though it looked like an Antique Architectural detail that came out of a great house. I wanted it to look like a metal piece that hand been outside and reproduce a beautiful aged bronze patina with paint.

I could do that I am a painter, I have a degree and everything, really I do (I don’t think that maters here), but anyway.

Modern masters review painting effects kit

I look this picture as reference to recreate the look of a patinated bronze statue long before I heard of Modern Masters. They just appeared to make my life easier

So I grabbed that Cherub and some textured pictured frames and started my project. I had green paint, copper paint and a dark glaze. I was highly confident and had an epic fail, Nooooo. If pepto bismo was green that’s what I had, a flavor of neon green. I was trying to convince myself it was ok but I wasn’t feeling it, I wanted to be dazzled. I left my project for a few days to think on it. I knew I would have to redo it. A few days later I was contacted by Modern Masters to review some items from their line one of the options was the Metal Effects Kit. Did they know I had green Pepto Bismo on my hands? Were they coming to save me? They had me at Green Patina Aging Solution, really they did.

Everyone who knows me knows I go ga ga for paint and this is uber paint so I’m uber ga ga. Its a simple three part process: the primer which looks like liquid chocolate which is always good, the reactive paint in cooper or bronze. The paint in metallic, what I love, especially in the bronze, is getting the sheen of metal. The paint is  called reactive paint because  it reacts with the final solution to create your beautiful patina. And then there is the  Patina Aging Solution which you can get in green and blue this solution is the magic. Before you spray it the paint just looks like lovely bronze and copper after you spray it a chemical reaction happen to produce the wonderful green patination.  They are also water based paints. I LOVE that, Yeah easy clean up!  Checkout  the Modern masters Website to oogle all the gorgeous combinations. They also have great metallic paints so great for stenciling one of my great loves. But let me focus.

It was a surprisingly easy process.

Modern Masters Metal Effects kit

Here is where I started with my neon green

So I grabbed my Neon green pieces and started to work. I applied two coats of the very chocolately looking primer. I just wanted to bite right into that Cherub. The instructions says the primer dries in about half an hour I found it dries almost immediately which was great. I was lucky enough to have both copper and the bronze reactive paint. I have to have my deep bronze color and my metallic cooper highlights. I dab on my bronze paint highlight with copper quickly as the paint has to be wet to react with the aging solution. I then and generously spritz with the Green Patina Aging Solution.

Then I watch the paint transform before my eyes soooo cool. Here come the patina gorgeous deep and green.  I noticed the cooper turns much greener than the bronze,  when it reacts with the solution creating a some really beautiful effects. So keep them in mind when chosing your color.

My neighbor

Modern Masters Metal Effects kit

Cherub with primer. Looks like a chocolate Cherub don’t you think

came wandering by so see what I was doing, as she does sometimes. She asked what material I was working with (its wood and plaster) because it looked like metal. Yes!!!! exactly what I was looking for. I have a gorgeous outcome.

I do have to say you have to be easy going about the process because the aging solution reacts in unique patterns. I all my pieces at the same time they have unique patinas, all beautiful.

I really couldn’t believe for the effect created that it was so easy and I barely used any paint.

I’m in love! if I wasn’t having dinner with a friend I would have keep painting.

If you need a little pizzazz in some project grab these project and give them a whirl. You can purchase them online from Modern Masters and pick them up at a local store.

odern Masters Painting Kit

odern Masters Painting Kit

Nothing is safe in my house I’ll keep painting more tutorials and updates to come.  I can’t wait to try on my mason jars you know I will. Make sure you subscribe so you wont miss any of this fun stuff.

Would you like to have some fabulous paint yourself? Hint, hint I have a give away coming up stay tuned. Until next time …Melissa

Modern Masters Metal Effects kit

The Chrub transformed and looking just like he should, like an Antique weathered treasure

Modern Masters Metal Effects kit

The Beauty is in the details

Follow me to Hometalk a place for you and me!!!!!! Hometalk took my blog To the Next Level! Click to Follow me there for all the DIY fun. It’s easy peasy!


Hometalk how I love you, let me count the ways. I have been meaning to write this post for a while now and now I have the perfect push. Hometalk is having a contest for Bloggers. I am the accidental bogger. I just intended to have a website and the next thing I knew I had a blog and people were reading it.

So I was just making my little posts and sharing on Facebook and Pintrest. The Printrest peeps were coming over and reading it was awesome. I knew of

Hometalk and I sniffed around it a little I clipped a few posts. For those of you wondering Hometalk is it “is the largest online home & garden knowledge hub” Basically it’s a website full of people just like me who love all things Home and Garden talking about and sharing DIY ideas and everything in between, amateurs and professionals alike. get over there and LOOK! So decided to make my first post to Hometalk about what I was doing. I was having a Shiny Spray paint party. So I posted my first post to Hometalk From Trash to Shiny, I also posted to Facebook and Pintrest as usual. My Blog traffic shot up like a rocket. I had my usually Facebook and Pintrest traffic but my Hometalk traffic was through the roof. It doubled my best day. I was amazed. It was the same time every time I have posted a project and DIY ideas. I found my peeps. I’ve found them yoo hoo! A sweet pocket of Do it Yourselfers like me. I actually posted a poem to Hometalk on  their Facebook page. It went something like this:

Hometalk how I love you let me count the ways
Where people click on and comment on my post like no other.
Its the land of the DIY peeps like you and me.

As you can see I’m not a poet, but I was so darned excited. So follow me to Hometalk. It’s the place for DIYers like you and me!

It was an Etsy fest over here

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This what I was thinking… that I would do a few glass pieces and put them in my Etsy shop. A littlecolored glass here, check out the tutorial , a little DIY mercury glass herecheck out the tutorial . The next thing I know after I photographed everything and write my little descriptions with color variations and different sizes I realize I have about 20 different pieces. Holly cow batman that’s a lot of mason jars and vases. They were so pretty in the pictures I just wanted to get them all together and Share! I love the combination of the blue and the pink flowers, white goes with everything and flowers make everything more beautiful.   Be sure to check them out in my Shop Until next Time -Melissamerbigmason5-sm

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Faux Mercury Glass Tutorial in any color

Blue Mercury Glass vase

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I like Shiny things

Results of my spray Painting Party with Krylon Looking Glass and white

Results of my spray Painting Party with Krylon Looking Glass and white

From Trash to Shiny: I like Shiny things and I have been busy. I am sort of supposed to be on vacation, well my son is on his spring break and we are at his and my friend’s in the Tampa arearound-vase-sm, lakeside, its pretty nice. I’m still working but I’m relaxed. I am  supposed to be finishing two tables which I will still get to but meanwhile I spotted Krylon’s Looking Glass at my local Walmart. I have been dying to try making my own Mercury Glass which requires this hard to find Krylon paint.  I had these vases, picture frames  and my favorite little bird. I knew I wanted to  spray paint some with the looking glass and some white. I figured I might as well  have spray paint party and do everything at once.

Well sometimes I don’t listen, or don’t read or don’t pay attention. I kidda missed the part of the DIY Mercury glass that it’s glass. They say ignorance is bliss well I grabbed my big picture frame, not glass and my little bird, not glass. I start to use vases-smthe technique spray a 50% water and vinegar spray a light coat of the Looking glass spray, wait one minute mist again with  the water vinegar solution, wait two minutes and blot with a paper towel. For a tutorial with groovy pictures check out my tutorial (I just added how it do it in any color). As I am going along I wasn’t getting as strong a result as red-flower-smI had expected and I realized oh, these pieces aren’t glass. Duh, Melissa. Well I really liked the effect of the frame but not on little bird so I just made little bird all shiny and a little, glam. silver-bird-smThe picture frame ended up looking like an old mirror, with the spots, which I loved. Now for the glass. I came across this wonderful blue vase I have been saving for this treatment and I had three little mason jars. They came out so awesome that I wanted to do more. I grabbed another round vase at the dollar sore and squeezed the last squirts  out of the spray paint to finish it. I think they came out awesome, not bad for a days work. Till next vase-smtime.024

Plan for Blog Domination

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