I had been seeing these converted mason jars on the web but the prices on Etsy were way out of my range. Others were using paper and cutting a slit for the straw. Ok that would work for the bugs, but not the spills and really seemed like too much work. I wanted something
Thanks to my brilliant husband, the answer was more than simple it was very reasonable too! And he even ended up doing most of the work, if you can really call it that.
Hannah "dimpled" the lid in the center. This was done so the drill bit would have a place to rest and not jump. Don't know if you really need to do this, but it worked and gave Hannah a job!
Then Doug drilled a hole through the lid. He used a 3/8" bite. It is hard to see but there is a scrap piece of wood under the lid. He DID NOT drill right on the kitchen table.
I inserted the rubber grommets. It was easy to do, but I couldn't take pictures and do it at the same time. We found the grommets at Lowes in the fasteners aisle. They come two in a package. We bought the 9/16th size. This fits a standard plastic straw perfectly.
Of course Rebekah couldn't wait to try out her new cup.
We made a set of six. And seriously it took us all of about 10 minutes with all of us having a job. And better yet the whole project cost $4.12. That's 69¢ each! And it would have been a lot less, but I couldn't resist the red and white check lids. They scream summer, don't you agree?
Here's how it broke down:
- Mason Jars - in the pantry
- Lids - package of 6 on sale of $1.00
- Grommets - package of 2 for $1.04 bought three packages
Now I would like to add some reusable straws to complete the project. I have seen both glass and stainless that I like, but I'm not sure which way to go. The glass ones are definitely more pricey and I wonder about them with kids. I'd love to hear what you all think. Do you have reusable plastic, glass or stainless straws? What do you love or hate about them?
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