Well, besides canning, that is. I have an abundance of canning jars as we bought a bunch to use as cups at our wedding.
Canning Jar Soap Dispenser
I've seen similar ideas to this one around the internet, but I don't remember where. This project probably took me about 10 minutes to do, so simple and fast! I took the pump off my cheap plastic dispenser and cleaned it up. Next, I took a canning jar, lid, and screw top. I drilled as big a hole as I could through the top of the lid, but it wasn't big enough to fit the pump through. So, I snipped some tiny lines radiating out from that hole and bent them inwards. Next, I fitted the pump into the hole (it was a nice tight fit), put the lid on the jar filled with soap and then fitted the screw top around it all. I had to trim a little off the straw to make it fit in the jar, but that was it. Simple and quick! I love the way the glass jar looks in the bathroom. I think an antique canning jar would look even cooler.
The "before shot." I always forget to take one before I get started, so the pump is already fitted into its new lid.
The tools required. If you don't have a drill, you could always use a nail to get a hole started and then snip bigger cuts to bend inwards.
A view of under the lid.