May 23, 2012

DIY Mason Jar Tumbler Lid- In ONLY 3 Steps

I've been dying to get some of these tumbler lids since I saw them on Groopdealz May 3rd. After missing out on snatching up the deal, then shopping around the internet for them, I was discouraged, because they are ridiculously expensive!!! AND I couldn't find a tutorial on how the heck they were made. I knew they could be made on the cheap, just needed to figure out what that darn seal was!

Materials Needed:
Mason jar lid
Seal or Grommet
Drill and 3/8" drill bit
Wire cutter
How to do it:

1. Keep the lid on the mason jar, use the drill bit to drill a hole wherever you want.
2. You'll most likely have rough edges, so use the wire cutters to snip off any edges sticking out and try to make the hole as flat as possible.
3. Press, pinch and push the seal into the hole, carefully.

VOILA! You're done.

Just make sure you wash the mason jar and lid good to get rid of any debris.
TIP: Use the same jar, just new lids while making holes.
Now I have to be honest, if it wasn't for the guys at Lowes, I would have never figured this out on my own, so really all credit for this post goes to them! I figured I could use a drill bit for the hole, but I was lost when it came to what type of seal was being used. After rambling on about what I was looking for, I finally found the email to show them what I wanted to make. I kind of felt stupid when they had a "duh" look on their face and lead me right to the type of seals I needed. You can see them here.  They were in those little drawers that line the wall where you walk in (at least in ours)... I swear the sign above them said Automotive Parts, but looking at the part number online it looks like they are an electrical supply.

So after the Lowe's man helped me pick out the size, I then had to put my pride aside and ask what size drill bit I should use. HAH. I figured it would be 1/4" since that's the diameter of the seal we picked, but I was wrong, he said he'd go with a 3/8". (OK, so I actually bought both; what he recommended ANDD the 1/4" cause I totally didn't believe him.... he was right!  And turns out I didn't need them after all, cause Craig had them in his tool bag, oh well, I'm glad I asked!)

The most HILARIOUS (sarcasm) part of this encounter: When Craig came home from work, I showed him the new lids. He didn't seem as thrilled as I was, so I told him how much they sell for online. His reply was "and what did you pay for those grommets, like .10 cents"
WHAT! YOU KNEW WHAT THESE THINGS WERE CALLED AND DIDN'T TELL ME! Where were you weeks ago when I was searching and searching for them?!
haha.... guess I should have asked him first, huh.


These lids are prefect for any of your parties or backyard BBQ's. Maybe even an outdoor summer wedding, adding paper straws in the wedding colors?! Best part is it keeps those pesky summer bugs out of your drink. They're great for toddlers too. 


Please Note: these lids are not 100% leak proof, when layed on it's side there is a little dribble that comes out of the seal.

If you'd rather purchase these lids instead of making them, you can check them out on Etsy here.

xo

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram (@kristanlynn) , you already knew about how I made these awesome lids, if you don't, you missed out on knowing how to make them days ago. There are lots of little DIY projects and inspiration photo's I post on there that don't make it to the blog, so be sure to LIKE me on FB to be the first to know what's going on.

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10 comments:

  1. This is a phenomenal idea!!! I use mason jars as drinking glasses anyway and this would be so awesome!

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  2. I love this idea. I think my husband has a project for the weekend.

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  3. I love this!! What a great idea, especially since everything tastes better through a straw right?
    How are you feeling friend?

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  4. Could you do this with the plastic jars (recycled Mayo, mustard, jelly etc) and lids instead to make them safer for little ones who might drop and break them?

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  6. Thank you for posting a link to the product that you bought! I REALLY appreciate it! Went and bought some a Lowes this afternoon. If you want some awesome straws to go with it, we REALLY like ours from: www.etsy.com/shop/MulledMind

    Now off to make some "straw" lids! :)

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  7. the lowes link is dead. do you know what size grommet you used?

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  8. If you use other types of lids (like ones from spaghetti jars, or things like that) that fit on mason jars, the leakage factor decreases. I discovered this totally by accident.

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