Mar 14, 2012

Mason Jar Spill Proof Cup


Mason/Ball jars are my absolute favorite "container". We use them for drinking glasses, for canning jams, syrup, pickles, and applesauce. Chicken broth and sauce keep very well in these handy little jars. They keep our marshmallows fresh and fluffy, our graham crackers crisp, our lollipops away from moisture, and our cereal crunchy. They hold our pens, pencils, crayons and markers, paint brushes and scissors.
They hold our cinnamon sticks and sprinkles. We serve just about every beverage you can think of in them, cold or hot-doesn't matter. Oh, oh wait! Desserts! We serve our desserts in them too! They even made a spectacular appearance at my sister's wedding as the centerpieces for her tables. We have formed a beautiful friendship over the years (me and the jars). They help me out in all kinds of situations and I try to return the favor by showcasing them in as many ways as I can possibly conjure up.....

Let me focus now on the title of this post.
 We turned to Mason jars as our drinking glasses out of necessity, at first. Our cats have a thing against drinking glasses. If they see a glass sitting out anywhere in the house, on the table, on the counter, or night stand, they make it their personal mission to seek and destroy. Lucky for me, mason jars don't break! Well, at least they haven't for me. After a while of using them as drinking glasses we couldn't use anything else! The kids even pass up their "kiddie" cups for them!

Being that we still have young kids we still experience spills from time to time.
I gave up buying sippie cups a year or so ago. They get lost all the time and the sippie spout usually looked like a beaver had been gnawing at it.

To fix this little problem I turned to the mason jar. They can do everything right?

They sure can!

All you need to make a spill proof cup out of a mason jar is, a mason jar, the lid, a straw, and a grommet. You will want to measure the diameter of the hole on the grommet and make sure it is going to accept your straw. Measure the diameter of your straw too. It's good to be accurate and double check. You will also need a drill bit or a metal hole punch.

We bought our grommets for $1 each. We already had jars (obviously) and I just used the straws that you get at  your local store that usually reside in the isle with the paper products (napkins, cups, plates etc.). You get like 100 straws. You know the ones with the tops that bend down. I am sure you could find different straws that might last longer and aren't throw aways, but for now this is what I have so, that's what we're using.

Drill your hole. You can place this in the middle of the lid or, on the edge. To make drilling easier we screwed the lid right onto the jar. We set this jar aside when we were done drilling. You certainly don't want to drink out of that until it has been thoroughly washed.


Take a file and file down any rough edges. This will make it easier for you to get the grommet in the hole.


Insert grommet into the hole. It's a snug fit so don't get frustrated.Then the straw goes in. Make sure the straw goes through. You don't want the hole you drilled to be too small, or it will pinch the grommet and won't fit your straw once the grommet has been inserted into the hole.


Wash the lid with soap and water before using. Fill your jars with your favorite drink and screw the lid on. Stick in a straw and you're done!



It wouldn't seem natural if we didn't have a mason jar holding our straws!


So, there you have it! Now you can take mason jars with you where ever you go!
No more bottled water for us! These are great for taking with you in the car, in the garden-no bugs in my ice tea!

If you are familiar with mason jars then you already know that these lids can go on any size jar so, they are perfect for kids (half pint), or adult (pint size and up).

51 comments:

  1. Are the grommmets a hardware store item, or what? I was just looking at these on etsy and wondering how to make them. Very timely!
    Brenda

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  2. Yes, they are from the hardware store. Hope that helps!

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    1. do you know what size the grommets where? or the drill bit you used. i think this is a wonderful idea. im going to try soon. thanks

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    2. I do not remember off the top of my head but I do know I didn't put it in the post because everyone's straws will probably be different in size because of personal choice or limited selection so i left it up to the reader to determine those details. Buy your straws first and then measure them and then you will know what size drill bit you will need. I hope this helps! Thanks for the comment!

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    3. were did u find the grommets, our Lowes in Seviervillt Tn does not have them.and I love this

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  3. great! on my shopping list!
    thanks,
    Brenda

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  4. Thank you...this is such a great idea for the grandkids...our 4 yr old grandson is constantly turning over his cup. I will make some of these and won't have to worry anymore. You get an A+++ for this!

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  5. I shared this on my Facebook for my friends to try.

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    1. Thank you! I am so glad you like it! I hope the grandkids enjoy them as well!

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  6. This is such a GREAT idea!! Seems like it would be easy to clean compared to cleaning those spill proof sippy cup insert. Thanks for sharing. I'm pinning this and will follow your blog through Google. I'm also going to share this on Facebook. I think every house with small children needs these!! I would LOVE if you shared this on my linky party this week! http://www.artistic31mama.com/2012/03/fabulous-fridays-3-linky-party-031612.html

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  7. GENIUS idea! We end up only using mason jars for drinking too - everything else breaks. Love this blog!

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    Stop by and pick up a featured button:)

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    1. except they are glass and breakable

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  9. This is a great idea. I also read about your sister's wedding centerpieces. Do you have any pictures of those? I have a friend who is doing a mason jar wedding theme. Thanks!

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    1. Soryy it to me me a little while to get back to you. My sister has just recently moved so I can't get my hands on nay photos right now. But, I can tell you a little bit about them. HSe had on every other table a grouping of about 5 jars. Large and medium size. SOme had candles in them and others were very earthy with green moss, tiny pinecones, black beans, stones etc. She used raffia to tie the table Name (instead of number) to the largest jar. She named each of the tables using the names of herbs and spices, such as thyme, rosemary, cinnamon etc. On the other tables she had like a large cylinder vase that had a periwinkle colored hydrangea floating in it with votive candle around vase. Every thing looked for clean and elegant. I hope that helps a little. I know pics are way better. Maybe I can post on it when she gets settled.

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    2. Sorry for all the misplaced letters and unintentional spelling errors in the above response! My key board was acting funny.....

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  10. :) I love my canning jars! I will have to try this. I use them all for so much, too! I even have an entire Pinterest board for them. ;)

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  11. I just used a Cropo A Dial (scrapbookers know what this is) to cut thru the lid. Super easy.

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  12. I live in a small town and I don't think our local lumber yard will have grommets? Any suggestions on where i could order these online? Wow Love this idea, my 2 kids will too.

    :) thanks Sara McCoy Brown
    WaKeeney, KS

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    1. I have the brand name here on the plastic package. It is HILLMAN rubber grommets. A google search should bring up a few options for you to choose from as far as purchasing some goes. I paid a little over a $1 for a bag with 2 grommets in them. Just to give you an idea on what the cost should be. Hope this helps!

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    2. AnonymousMay 23, 2012

      They would be in the plumbing section of a Lowes or any hardware store. They are used to fix leaky faucets/

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  13. Thank you Cheryl for that awesome tip!! I don't have one of those. Maybe i should think about getting one!

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  14. Awsome post! I can't wait to try it!

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  15. we only drink out of canning jars with 5 young kids i can not wait to do this

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  16. It really doesn't leak when tipped on its side? What about slightly more than on it's side? I frequently find my son's sippy cup top down in between couch cushions. And do you think a mason jar would survive a fall on hard wood floors?

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    1. Nope it really doesn't leak! It is very important to have the right size straw for the grommet you purchase! If he cup is totally upside the water would come out of the straw, yes.
      I am not sure about surviving a fall on wood floors. If you think your little guy is too young for this type of sippy cup, maybe try it when he's a bit older!:0) These are great for adults too. They keep the bugs out of your drink when your outside soaking up some sun, or gardening etc. They are good for travel cups for you too.
      Hope this helped a little!

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  17. This is WAY cool! I love mason jars as well. And, I have 2 grandchildren that would soooo love these! Thanks:)

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  18. I'm thinking about making these for all the fathers at our church for Father's Day. We bought all the moms plastic tumblers this year and I think the mason jars would be perfect for the men!!! Been looking around online on how to make them myself instead of buying them premade. This post helped tremendously! Thank you.

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  19. We're a mason jar cup family as well. The two year old does spill often though.

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  20. What a great idea! We have so many mason jars & use them for everything too. I'll have to try it. I am stopping by from the Crew. Welcome aboard!

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  21. I have a stupid ? lol How are these spill-proof wouldn't it leak out of the straw? My 3 yr old destroys his cups ;(

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    1. Hi Ashley! Our liquids don't leak out of the straw.
      BUT, if you were to tip it upside down I'm sure it would leak.....

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  22. I have tried this with the grommets I found at Lowes and after an hour or so in the "cup" the liquid contained there in starts to smell like the grommet-ICK! Have you experienced this issue!?

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    1. Hmmmm...I have not experienced this. I did use a lot of soapy water on the grommets before hand and really scrubbed them. My grommets are also on the smaller side because my straws are really skinny so maybe that makes a difference too.

      Thanks for leaving a comment about this!

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  23. Now I want to throw out all my cups and start over with Mason/ Bell jars!

    Are the lids dishwasher safe once they've been modified?

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  24. Hi there, I am doing a post on canning jars and would love to include this idea. With your permission, I would love to put one of your photos on and I will give you credit with a link back so that others may try this fun project. Will wait for your reply :) ~ JES

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  25. Not sure how safe the grommets are but I LOVE this idea. I modified it only a tiny bit. We used Tattler lids because they are BPA free, and got some stainless steel straws. My baby loves them!! no more sippys with yucky chewed up spouts for us!!Thanks for the post.

    I wonder what the grommets are actually made of. The people at Lowes thought I was crazy when I asked for grommets. haha My hubby just laughed at me all through the store. He gets a kick out of my silly projects...

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  26. Has no one heard of the cuppow.
    check out www.cuppow.com
    The revolutionary cuppow makes mason jars a spill free sipping experience.
    No fussing with grommets, drill bits, hammering metal ring rough edges in and/or whatever composition the grommets are made of????
    Available for both regular and wide mouth mason jars, regular mouth offers a straw tek feature perfect for kiddos..
    The greatest invention after the mason jar.
    Greetings from Toronto, Canada
    An avid mason jar drinker and enthusiast and cuppow supporter.
    Got get yourselves some...LOL

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    1. Yes, I have heard of the Cuppow lids. We enjoy working on fun projects like this. Thank you for the information. It looks like a great product.

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  27. I'm gonna make these for my wedding..its a redneck theme,I think these are awesone

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  28. What size were the grommets?

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  29. i checked out the www.cuppow.com they are 7.99 a piece..thats a bit to much for making 20+ of those for my wedding..imma stick with the original idea and make these sippy cups...

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  30. I have been reading all the comments on this idea, love it by the way fits in perfectly with a country home. If the groments are used to fix leaky faucets, it seems they would be ok to drink out of. You drink the water out of the faucet so what would be the difference??? just curious on you alls thoughts on this.

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    1. most grommets are not food safe, (plumbing 'o' rings would be as safe as drinking out ur garden hose,) but they are probably no more harmful than the BPA in the lid liner, which goes to show that even the 'food safe' grommets can come in to question when it comes to 'safety' for most ppl this is not an issue, but for ppl with autoimmune diseases or other issues with chemical sensitivity it is, some ppl are just antiplastic due to the media, some ppl HAVE to be antiplastic, and want to raise awareness that for some its the overload of things like bpa, and chemicals like it that have triggered many illnesses. grommets come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and materials, dont want or cant use plastic, or rubber, maybe metal, but then theres issues with lead ect. ect. anyone doing this project needs to be aware of their own needs, and adjust the idea accordingly. its a cool idea and one i seen as eco friendly one, so one would naturally want to use the most nature friendly items, rubber is not one, but if ur not doing it as an eco friendly project then that is of no concern. some (like me) are using it as a safe alternative for health purposes >simplified answer< would u use car part o rings for your sink faucet o ring? may or may not be the same thing, i'm guessing not.

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  31. You should be aware that the grommets you get at hardware stores are NOT food safe (but if ur the kind of person that is okay drinking from your water hose ect. its not all that bad, as mostly ur not actually drinking anything thats soaking in the grommet, the worst would come from hot drinks.) for those of us with chemical sensitivities ect from illness or such, it would be best to use a food safe grommets, i btw did not know this till today, when i first saw these type of cups on amazon, so i went on the search, and found that “O” rings found in the plumbing section would be a better option, an even better option could be online from a wine supply place or a local hobby brewery supply store if u have one, i'm sure there are several options, like i said for adults without chemical worries any washed grommet will be okay, But those with kiddos might want to be safe and stick to food safe grommets.

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  32. This is such a GREAT idea!! Impressive and practical.How did you think out this idea. thaks for sharing.

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  33. Food safe silicone grommets are about $9 each, I was able to find some on here: http://www.probioticjar.com/individual-parts.html

    That being said, any food safe option under $10 a jar is a good deal.

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  34. I made this craft with my daughter and we found at out that using the Plastic Storage Caps made by Ball we found at Runnings where we live, they seem to make better hole and don't have metal shaving to clean up or get cut by the metal sides but have to drill really slowly so the lid doesn't crack and drill in the middle of the lid. We found that the drill bit that I found to be the right size was 3/8th and the grommets were 9/16 OD X 1/4 ID I found at Lowe's and the bendy straws that are Target name brand at Target. Then we decorated the jars with little sticker bugs that I found at a dollar store around me and then a piece of white electrical tape to put the kids names on them so that when there is a bunch of children are around each other they don't mix their cups up. We are using these cups at our fourth of July party for the children.

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