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Mason Jar Soap Pump with "Floating Words" DIY Project

Updated on March 9, 2013
My first successful finished product for the "floating words" soap pump.
My first successful finished product for the "floating words" soap pump.

Okay, so if you haven't yet read my original Hub on making the Mason jar soap pumps, you can see that article here. Once you've made your handmade DIY mason jar soap pumps you can personalize them however you choose. I've been working on some different and unique ways to personalize these soap pumps for Chrismtas gifts, and I fell in love with this particular method of personalizing them. It took some trial and error, but they finally turned out how I had hoped! I hope you like them as much as I do!

Getting Started...

You'll need a few things before starting this personalization project.

  • Completed mason jar soap pump
  • Transparent hand soap (or dish soap, whatever you may be using as long as it's see through)
  • Self-laminating sheets (you can find these in various sizes in the office supply section)
  • OR you can simply use transparency sheets (like they use in schools with overhead projectors)
  • Scissors

Once you have these things you're ready to get started!

Close up of the floating words in the soap pump
Close up of the floating words in the soap pump

Ready to go!

Okay, assuming that you have chosen what words and fonts you want to use for your "floating words" you can proceed to the next steps. Obviously the size of the words will depend on the size of the jar you are using. Just eyeball it to make sure the words will fit properly.

There are two ways to go about getting your words ready to "float" in the jars without dissolving or turning to mush. If you choose to use the self-laminating sheets, simply print out your words that you want to have floating in your soap jar and print them out on a sheet of paper. You can also hand write them or draw something if you want. It's your project, so be as creative as you like. A cute idea that I thought of was having your child draw a little picture using markers and then laminating it to put into the soap jar for the guest or children's bathroom. I haven't personally tried this but it seems like it would work just fine. If you have access to an actual laminating machine, lucky you. I bought the self-laminating sheets at Walmart for about $5.00. They come in various sizes as well. In the picture shown above I used the laminating sheets, and it turned out great! I just trimmed everything down to size and submerged it into the transparent soap, and voila, floating words!

If you're going with transparency sheets make sure you use a laser jet printer to print the words on to the transparent sheets or it will dissolve in the soap. I made the mistake of using my regular deskjet and it didn't work because the ink dissolved once I placed it into the soap, so make sure it's a laser jet printer to avoid this problem. You use the transparency sheets just like you would any regular printer paper. Once the ink is fully dried on the transparency, just trim it down to size and submerge into the soap jar. This method definitely makes it appear that the words are magically floating in the soap more so than the self laminating method because there is no white paper that the words are printed on.

If you don't want to make your own DIY mason jar soap pump but still like the "floating words" soap pump idea, just remove the label off of any transparent liquid soap pump and you can create the same effect!

Be creative with your "floating words" and personalize them to fit any occasion. Know a couple getting married? Use "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" as your floating words for a great wedding gift! Or, use meaningful quotes, birth dates, anniversary dates, the possibilities are endless!

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    • alisharenee profile image

      alisharenee 5 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      Glad you all like the idea, I'm sure they would make excellent Christmas gifts for the upcoming holiday season!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for sharing your creative soap pump idea with us. It is delightful and would make a great personalized gift.

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      Virginia Kearney 5 years ago from United States

      Such a great idea! I will have to try this. You can probably have kids draw with sharpie markers too.

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      jeri741 5 years ago from Lancaster, Ky

      Cute idea I have made the soap pumps before, now I know how to make the floating words for them, Thanks

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      Tina Truelove 5 years ago

      Hi! See my comment on your original hub about these jars, then apply it to this one as well! :)