There’s nothing I love more than an easy DIY craft that is CRAZY Cheep! The moment I saw these Mason Jar Tumblers I instantly wanted one. Unfortunately, I was unwilling to shell out $20-$30 for just 1. Come on, that’s just plain ridiculous. I have kids and can be a bit clumsy, so that combination means that spending $30 for one glass tumbler is out of the question. So, I set out to make my own!
I trolled the internet in search of the best DIY instructions for a Mason Jar Tumbler. I bet you’re asking, “It’s a jar with a hole in the lid how hard could it be.” That was my thought at first but to make sure it was that simple I wanted to double check the internet, so I could save time. Well, the internet was disappointing, very disappointing. The few DIY instructions I found were very basic and didn’t give me directions on where to buy my grommets or what kind of drill bit to use. They all recommended using a standard drill bit. I’m here to tell you DON’T do it. It defiantly makes somewhat of a hole, but you’re left with sharp pieces of metal sticking out of every direction. This makes it hard and dangerous to clean up. So, just trust me and don’t do it.
Luckily after I destroyed my second lid my husband came to the rescue and introduced me to a step drill bit. These bits make a smooth hole with very little, if any, clean up. It, I mean he, was my saving grace. I knew I married him for a reason! 😉 So, if you’re hubby is anything like mine then they probably have one of these step drill bits laying around or knows someone you can borrow it from.
If you need proof see the difference in the holes below.
The one on the right was done by a normal drill bit and the one on the left was done by a step drill bit. (Excuse the rust on it. This lid was done as a tester when I first stared making my mason jar tumblers and I have help onto it just to show you because I had a feeling it was going to turn into a blog post, and look it did!!)
Let’s jump into making these Mason Jar Tumblers. First things first, PREP. Don’t go drilling holes all willy nilly. That’s how you lose an eye. Just kidding, but in all seriousness proper preparation will help you from wasting lid after lid after lid. First gather your supplies.
24-ounce Tall Wide Mouth Mason Jars with Lids
Food Grade Silicone 5/16thGrommet
Stainless Steel or Any Reusable Straws
Step Drill Bit
Piece of Wood
Two 2in or Longer Nails
First you want to get a piece of wood and place your lid flat on it. Then get 2 nails and nail them in the top area so your lid has a bumper for when you start drilling the hole. See the picture below for a diagram.
Next take your drill with the step drill bit in it and line it up on the lid where you want your hole. You can put the hole directly in the center of the lid or you can drill it on the side, so the straw goes in at an angle, it’s completely up to you. When you have it lined up where you want, then start to drill through the lid slowly while holding down the lid forcefully.
You can gradually increase your speed just make sure you don’t let your lid get away from you . Drill down till your hole is 7/16 or 25/64 wide. This depends on what size step drill bit you have.
After your hole is drilled you can use some sandpaper to clean up the circle if you need. Most of the time you don’t need to do this since the step drill bit does such a nice job and then the grommet covers the hole.
Look how smooth and clean that hole is!!! Told you step drill bits are the BOMB!
Now your lid is ready to just slip the plastic grommet through the hole. Make sure you go from top (silver) to bottom (white). This is because the circle is sharp and can cut your grommet if you’re not careful, so going from top to bottom keeps the top of your grommet in perfect condition.
The plastic grommet can be a little harder to find since you want them to be made of food grade silicone, but no worries I did the foot work for you! Go on over to Etsy and get them from Iowa Farm Life Dreams. She even has bright colors for you to choose from. You can get them straight from this link.
Feel free to look around and try to find them somewhere else but trust me, she has the best price and product!
When it comes to the straws I’m a big fan of stainless steel for two reasons.
- They are good for the environment.
- They are durable, like kid proof durable!
For those reasons alone, I’m forever sold. Amazon has a bunch of options, so go prime it up!
FINALLY!! Your tumbler is ready to assemble and be put to use. Congrats! I promise you will love it just as much as we do!
When I first set out to make these amazing mason jar tumblers I just wanted a couple for myself. Little did I know my husband was going to love them just as much as I would and we would end up with a cabinet full. Seriously, he has one in his hand at this very moment. Not only does my family love them but I get compliments all the time about it. I even get asked where I bought it. I love getting to say I made it myself and you will too. Plus, you won’t be spending $30 per tumbler. It’s more like $3 each, and that’s if you have to buy the straws. If you already have reusable straws on hand, then it’s even cheaper! Now that’s what I call a thrifty win!
If you make a Mason Jar Tumbler share your pics below so we can all see your crafty DIY side!
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