Hey guys! So this last weekend I stumbled into the easiest diy project. Mason jar tumbler lids.
You see, I've been wanting to add drink sleeves/cozies to my etsy shop for quite a while now. And sometimes the hardest part of having an etsy shop (at least for me) is photographing everything. You gotta make it look cute ya know? And I've been eye balling all these adorable mason jar tumblers that keep popping up on my instagram feed and around town and I was like, "I want one!" So I went to look them up online and the super pretty ones were kind of out of my price range. So I was feeling a little down hearted. But then magic popped into my head and I was like, "Why can't I just make one myself?" With a little research, I discovered you can totally just make your own mason jar drinking glasses (aka adult sippy cups) at home! Woo woo!
All you need is:
mason jar glasses with lids (I bought pint size with wide mouth lids)
slab of wood and two nails
power drill with size 3/8 drill bit
& a burly man (unless you are way more brave than me)
I was able to buy a set of nine pint size mason jars from Walmart for like $10 and then rubber grommets were around $4
Full disclosure: I'm still a little terrified of power tools so I recruited my husbands help for this project.
I'm always amazed by how good he is to me. I definitely got one of the good ones.
Okay so step one. My husband laid a lid down and hammered two nail into some logs we had left over from last winter. If you don't have logs, totally fine. I'm sure you could use a two by four piece of wood (or any chunk of wood) and replicate the same effect. What you want is for the nails to be slightly off center from each other. That way, when you press the lid against the nails, it hold it in place while you drill. This just helps to secure your piece.
Step two: Apparently there's a little bubble in the center of each lid which marks it's true center. (How cool is that?) Jake just pressed his finger down on the center bubble which left a little indent so he could see where he needed to place the drill bit.
Step three: Slowly slowly slowly start to drill. My husband used a 3/8 drill bit and just pressed down on the center and started drilling at a slow but steady speed.
It's important that once you get all the way through the metal, you continue to drill. That way the drill bit almost acts like sand paper and smooths the metal. Our first attempt was really rough and jagged but my hubs is such a handy man and quickly remedied the situation by continuing to drill a little longer. As long as you aren't sliding the drill bit around, it is staying in the same place and drilling away any rough pieces, helping to form a pretty perfect circle.
And even if your circle isn't absolutely perfect, don't you worry for a second. We are gonna shove some rubber grommets in there and you ain't never gonna know the difference.
Here's what rubber grommets look like in case you didn't know. We just went to our local hardware store where they sell them kinda mixed up in bins so unfortunately I can't tell you the exact size we used. We ended up buying two sizes and we got lucky because the slightly larger size ended up fitting inside these lids perfectly. Just try to find grommets sized close to the drill bit size you used.
Okay so now that we got the circle drilled out of the center of the lid, it's time to add the finishing touch, the grommet!
These guys are a little challenging at first to get to fit but here's how we did it. You just pinch the sides.
Press it up against an edge...
And push down on the grommet until it's fitting snugly inside the circle.
Then the fun part! Put your lid on the mason jar!
And feel so accomplished because you did it!! You were able to make nine mason jar tumblers for the price of one!
And then (if you are anything like me) proceed to awkwardly snap chat everyone in your phone pictures of your beautiful new mason jar tumblers!
And force your husband to take photos of you in your kitchen holding empty jars ha ha
And guys I have been working so hard to get more added to my etsy shop, especially new fun summery things, so please be sure to check it out at darlingbebrave.etsy.com
I'm like obsessed with these adorable pineapple sleeves. They are like the funnest thing ever. And I've got things in the work for some fun Independence Day goodies so be excited! (And be proud because I've actually been working on things a month before a holiday rather than a week before ha ha I'm getting better and better at this thing all the time)
Oh and if any of you would like me to either add these tumbler lids to my shop (either because you're like me and are terrified of power tools or because you don't have access to any) let me know k? It would force me to be brave and start making these things myself which I'm sure would be good for me. I've been toying with the idea of adding these jars or even just the lids to my shop especially if that is something you guys would appreciate so just leave me a comment if you think that would be a good idea.
Thanks guys!! You are always the best and I'm constantly am being floored by all of your kindness and sweet words. I sincerely love you all! Have a great week for me!