Thursday, September 1, 2011

Jelly Jar Foaming Soap Dispensers



Nothing like the smells of Fall. This is my favorite time of year and  I just love to make jam and apple pie, decorate using pumpkins, splurge on that apple pie scented candle and order the Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. 




It is also the time for back to school and having been a school teacher I miss the first week jitters and excitement.  Looking for a back to school gift for your new teacher, please consider these things: 
*Starbucks gift cards (a caffeinated teacher is a happy teacher)
*Anything with chocolate (rough day or moment can always be soothed with this stuff)
*These CUTE Jelly Jar Foam Dispensers (Teachers are washing hands all day long)


What worked best was hitting Bath & Body Works for their foaming soap deals. I was able to get there fall scents and three signature scents, 7 for $20.00.  You will also need Jars with lids, epoxy, super glue and a Dremel tool. 

 You will also need jars. I used regular pint jars. I did do one with a wide mouth pint jar, I didn't prefer it over the regular but it is up to you. :-)
It is a good time to buy jars. You can find them at Lowe's, Ace Hardware and Walmart. 

1 1/2 inch circle drawn on the lid. 

This measurement is for the Bath and Body Foaming Soap dispensers, if you are using something different you will want to measure accurately. But I used a marker to draw a 1 1/2 inch circle on the top part of the jar lid.  



  Next, screw on the ring so that it will stay in place when you are using the dremel tool. It makes it nice to hold the jar as you are using the dremel to cut the circle out of the top. *If you are cutting tops for multiple jars, I just used one jar to cute out the all the circles so that I only had to clean out one jar when finished.
 
Using dispenser, check circle as your cutting. 
NOTE: I know that other instructions to make these jars they say to use a 1" drill bit. I found that this really didn't work very well and didn't give you as nice of a circle cut as using the dremel tool. 

When cutting make sure you bring one of the soaps so that you can test the circle as you are drilling (that way you have the perfect fit!)
I used this locktite epoxy. 

 You can also spray paint the rings different colors to match the soaps or the tops of the dispensers. Make sure that you spray paint after making the circles in to the lid. 

Next you will get the epoxy and follow the instructions on the back of the package

Mix and put on to your lid. 



 You mix and put the epoxy on the lid and then press the dispenser down into the epoxy. ( I was really messy with the first one but I got better with each one).  

Need some weight, I used a coffee cup to weight down the top. 
Sometimes, if you have an odd shaped or short jar you may need to cut the straw shorter so that it is just hitting the bottom of the jar. Make sure if you need to cut it shorter you cut it at an angle
Then using Superglue put a small amount on the ring and then twist it onto the jar. I didn't use the epoxy because it was really messy and with the superglue you are able to take the top off again to refill the jar. 


This ring was spray painted light brown. 
 After you have poured in the soap and the lid is on the jar you can decorate accordingly. 

You can choose to spray paint the rings to match your ribbons or your dispenser. I used a hot glue gun to attach the ribbon to the lid. 




Using some tags I had in my scrapbook stash, a leaf stamp and Pumpkin Pie Ink. I stamped the leaf on each tag. 

 I added the tag to each jar and labeled the scent on the tag. You could also use the tag as a gift tag. 

These jars I spray painted the rings Blue and added ribbon. The center jar is  the wide mouth jar. 
The perfect gift for fall. 
 Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Let me know if you create some of your own and find something that worked better or something that didn't work for you.

It is going to be hard to part with the Pumpkin Caramel Latte soap....it just smells delicious!

-Amanda