Tin Can Soap Dispenser

June 10, 2011 |  by  |  Blog, DIY

I already re-purposed tin cans before… this time I wanted to put a twist on those mason jar soap dispensers, which are overflowing the internet right now!

And you know what’s fabulous? I haven’t seen this done by anyone on the net! (Correct me if I’m wrong!)


You will need:

- Tin Can

– Jam Jar

– Epoxy

– Knife

– Pump (you can re-use one from an old soap dispenser)

And here are the instructions:


1. Cut a whole in the tin can and the jar lid (a little smaller then the pump). I used a knife as I didn’t have a drill at hand. The metal is very soft, so it was easy.

2. Glue the flat part and the threaded part of the jar together.

3. Glue the lid to the inside of the tin can. Make sure, you align both holes. Let dry for 10 minutes.


4. Fill the jam jar with soap.

5. Push the pump through the hole.

6. Screw jar to the lid inside the tin can.


The project took about 20 minutes to finish.


This is perfect for anyone, who likes a more industrial style!

Have a great day!

Linked with Shabby Nest & Tatertots and Jello & Funky Junk & The DIY Showoff & Amaze me Monday & Made by You Monday & TCB & Tip Junkie

//xoxo, Sibylle//

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  1. This is brilliant! I can’t wait to try it! I might even skip the can part and just make a soap dispenser with a bell jar. I’ve got lots of those lying around…

  2. very cool! and i like the look too :)

  3. I like industrial so this is a great idea and doesn’t look too difficult to make. Cool!

  4. Evelene Sterling

    I just love the look of that, very clever.

  5. I absolutely love it! I’d love to give this a try!

  6. This is genius. Clean, simple, modern and quirky at the same time. And the tin can is such a classic image, too. Prefer this so much more to the mason soap dispensers! I could see it sitting in a kitchen at a beach cottage or a modern NY loft.

  7. I love this idea! I think I’m going to try this, but I’m thinking it would be fun to even decorate the can to match my seasonal decor…I never can find a soap dispenser that matches, and this might just do it. Thanks!

  8. Excellent! Very cool idea, indeed.

    : )

    Julie M.

  9. I really like the idea and instructions, I am thinking you might want to add a step:

    If it were being used indoors on a sink, I would paint the bottom edge of the can with clear nail polish so that it wouldn’t leave a rust ring on the sink (that is the advice to do with shaving cream canisters on the sink and it works)

    Hope that helps if anyone tries it!

  10. Very cool indeed!! I wondered how it was filled, genius.

  11. Where did you get your pump from ? Is it plastic ?

  12. I love this project! It would be perfect for camp, when the boys get all fidgety about “girly bathroom stuff”. Thanks!

  13. Very clever! I just bought my own pump with the ideas of making the mason jar dispenser, but this is a good idea too! Love it

  14. Such a fun idea! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

  15. This is such a great idea! It turned out so adorable!!

  16. So clever! I can see using this great project idea and personalizing it with my own touches. Thanks for the suggestion.

  17. I will do this!! totally love it

  18. Great idea.. I have to say I’m addicted to jars .
    But , this is fantastic as well ! Wonder if I could find a can with cool graphics
    to use .. maybe a coffee can .. For the kitchen !

  19. Christina at I Gotta Create!

    BINGO!!! I love this recycle-upcycle project. That’s my “cause” this year and this is SO industrial chic!!! Way to go!!
    Christina at I Gotta Create! recently blogged..Tinfoil Rose Tutorial

  20. Your tin can soap dispenser is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing with us how you made it.. I hope it’s okay, I just couldn’t help but feature it on my tin can crafts round-up I just finished. You can see it here:


    Thank you so much for sharing :)


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