I’m both a glass-half-empty and a glass-half-full kind of girl. Actually, I’m really just a glass girl — as in, it doesn’t really matter how much is in my glass as long as my glass is, well, glass. 🙂
I blame my friend Marie, who last year gifted me with a simple but elegant drinking jar — a tall, wide-mouth pint-and-a-half Ball canning jar outfitted with a lid that had a hole drilled in the center with a rubber grommet inserted into it to cushion a straw.
When she told me that she and her sister (and their husbands) had collaborated to make the jars as gifts, my DIY instincts kicked in, too.
She was happy to share the process, and I managed to convince my own handy husband to help me make some to give away, as well.
(We even sent one to Wardee, filled with a batch of Maggie’s Favorite Cranberry Cookies, plus a stainless steel straw. And we made a mini-version, too, drilling holes in regular-mouth lids, which I then used to top the beautiful antique-looking blue pint-size jars that are popular these days.)
Imagine my delight when my friend Julie gifted me with a glass straw that fit perfectly into the grommet-lined hole in the lid of my glass drinking jar! (You can also purchase glass drinking straws here.)
Yes, I’ve Gone Glass…
…and there’s no going back.
Plenty of people have parted ways with plastic because of its chemical-leaching properties, so I know that I’m not alone.
Plus, glass is just prettier! It makes every beverage sparkle!
Beyond the beauty, there are a few practical considerations to make: Glass is great for both cold and hot liquids, but hot drinks (tea, coffee, broth) might require a cozy — a fabric or crocheted sleeve of sorts that fits around the jar to shield your hand from the heat (some ideas are here and here).
Want to make your own DIY Mason Jar Drinking Cup? The process is simple!
How to Make a DIY Mason Jar Drinking Cup
Although the pint-and-a-half size jar is my favorite (it fits so nicely into the cup holder of my minivan), I transfer my lid to a wide-mouth quart jar when I need a larger size.
Here’s what you need.
- drill fitted with 1/2-inch spade bit (or paddle bit)
- regular- or wide-mouth canning jar metal lid (to match the jar you’re turning into a cup)
- rubber grommet — 5/8-inch outer dimension and 3/8-inch inner dimension (mine came from Lowe’s)
- mason jar — pint; pint-and-half; or quart
- stainless steel straw or glass straw
1. With the drill, drill a hole in the center of a jar lid. (Make sure to anchor the lid in place with some nails around the outside edge before you drill, as shown in this tutorial. Or if you have access to a drill press, as my husband does, you can do it the fancy way.)
2. Pop in the rubber grommet, screw on the band, slide in a straw and voila!
We’ve had a few casualties around our house. When a glass jar hits a ceramic-tile floor, the floor always wins!
Also, sometimes condensation can cause a bit of rust to arise where the lid meets the metal band. No worries; you can plan ahead for this eventuality. Pre-drill holes into a dozen lids (a box). Then you can simply transfer the grommet to a new lid when it’s time to decommission an old one.
How about you? Have you gotten into the glass act? Share your experience in the comments!
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