Thursday, June 7, 2012

How to Make Mason Jar Sippy Cup Lids

A couple weeks back, I saw a fantastic tutorial on BlogHer for mason jar sippy cup lids. After reading the blogger's instructions, I knew I'd have to give these guys a whirl.

I love using mason jars as drinking glasses and, to me, nothing says summer like "mason jar lemonade". Unless it's "mason jar mojito". I posted the tutorial on my Facebook page and my friend Anne immediately jumped on the idea.

On my way home from work on Friday, I started thinking about the original tutorial. While I adore the way they look with their rings and seals, I don't particularly like how rings and seals tend to come apart and create a mess in a drawer. Plus there was the whole "unscrew ring, pry up top, fill glass, put on top, screw on ring" thing that made me wonder if it'd be as simple for the kids to fill their own cups.

So I started brainstorming ideas on how to secure the rings to the seals.

Some sort of epoxy was the obvious idea. But what would be safe to have next to your beverage?

This is where I love being friends with engineers. They think outside the box so nicely.

I came home, popped on Facebook and saw that Anne had created the same idea with these handy dandy screw top lids.

These come in both regular and wide mouth.
I have a big mouth, so...

Also, I had to slap my forehead with a d'oh!

On Monday, while Elizabeth napped, I pulled out my drill and went to town.

First I got out my supplies. The rubber gaskets are in the electrical section of the hardware store. For the record, Home Depot doesn't carry them in the size and quantity you want. Try a smaller store. I got mine at Orchard Home Supply.

Then I drilled a pilot hole with one of my tiniest bits.

Then, it was time for the big guy. 1/4" to be exact.

I threaded a gasket through the hole and...


I made eight in less than five minutes. This could be one of the easiest and most cost effect crafts yet. (And just think...if I wanted to sell them on Etsy, I'd charge $5 a pop!)


Mad Woman said...

I LOVE a woman who knows her way around power tools. 

Kristin Glas said...

Genius! I've been reluctant to use the snap lids and rings too. This is perfect.

From Tracie said...

This is a great idea! I might have to steal it. 

Mandy Dawson said...

Steal away!

Mandy Dawson said...

Honey, I've got enough power tools to make a man drool. ;)

trainer, crafter, kristin said...

And did you know? Mayo jar lids work for this project too. Love the gasket tip. Thanks!

brothergui said...

you just blew my mind out of any previously known existence...

mandyland said...

Thanks? :D