make something monday :: mason jar sippy cups

Chris and the boys made these cute little mason jar no spill cups for Simon's birthday party last week - I love how I get a project idea and Chris will head to the store for supplies and get the kids involved! They seemed pretty simple to make (although he did all the work) and were a fun little detail to have for beverages especially with kids since they are no spill!
 Chris picked up some jars and spray paint as well as a good set of metal files. He used a sharp drill bit to drill a hole into the lid of each jar and then carefully filed the holes so that they would be nice and round and no sharp burs would scratch anyone. Then he and the boys laid out the lids and went to town with the paint. Chris is my spray painting hero - he is always willing to make my dreams come true with a can of paint. I know so romantic! :)
In the mean time I ran the jars through the dishwasher to sterilized them and then when they were all ready added the lids some cute paper straws and set them out on the drink table. We also had some chalk ink markers so that everyone could label their cups. I had hoped that the chalk ink would wipe clean when we were done but the ink really likes the painted surface. All in all they were a fun touch and Simon was very proud of them - he let his friends take their jars home if they wanted!
Happy Monday I will be back with another birthday craft project this week so stay tuned! Right now I am off to catch my breath after an insanely busy weekend!! xo

39 comments:

  1. these are just awesome- such a quaint and attractive alternative to the plastic disposable sippy cups - also very unoffensive to "big" kids who still make spills. :) love it.

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  2. oh.my.goodness!! I've had this idea in my head forever, you just gave it a visual! I am SO making these! :)

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  3. Oh my gosh... they turned out so wonderful. I would never have thought of this idea. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Those jars are adorable. A fun project and a great birthday treat!

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  5. What a cute idea for a birthday party!! They turned out great..and what a fun party favor to get to take home

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  6. Love love love these. I adore mason jars. Such a great idea.

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  7. i LOVE this idea!! i think i may have to use it sometime! :)

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  8. So AWESOME...I wish I could handle a drill better...

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  9. what an adorable idea! My kids would LOVE these!

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  10. Wow - they look fantastic and so cheery. So many things being served in mason jars these days....I never thought to paint the lids. Adorable.

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  11. Man, good idea. Our drinking glasses already are a various collection of Mason and Ball jars...just needed that lid inspiration! Thanks!

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  12. I'm making these for our next picnic!
    I always fear the drinks will spill due to those irregular blanket surfaces...

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  13. wow, i was planning to add mason jars for my bday picnic in august, but adding colors is a must now! thanks for sharing!

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  14. What an adorable idea! We love mason jars as cups...and this makes them even better! Thanks so much.

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  15. These are adorable!! What a great idea :)

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  16. Thanks for such a great idea - I used them for my daughter's birthday party this morning. We had trouble getting a clean circle with the drill, but found that a sturdy hole punch worked just fine and didn't need filing.

    It was a lovely little thing for a picnic party.
    http://thirdstory-ies.blogspot.com/2011/07/ten-on-ten-birthday-and-red-balloon.html

    Thanks for the inspiration and the ten on ten challenge.

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    1. How did they work with such young little ones? Did you have any problems with the cups getting dropped/being too heavy for small children? Also, what kind of "sturdy hole punch" did you use - just a handheld paper one??? I'd LOVE to use that approach! THANKS.

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  17. These are just awesome! Found them on Pinterest.

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  18. Very cute! I shared them on the blog!

    www.pluffmuddstudio.blogspot.com

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  19. Love the idea! I think I'll paint the lids to match my fiesta ware. HAve you tried them with the sturdy reusable starbucks straws? I found the straws on amazon and wanted if they work before I buy them.

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  20. You just answered my cowboy party kid cup drink prayers. Not going to paint for a more rustic approach but you saved me tons of money by just buying a box of canning lids.

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  21. Hi I love these! They are so cute and fun. I would love to make these for my son's first birthday party and they can double as favors. However, my husband is too worried they will break everywhere we have hard floors and broken glass with babies running around is not good. So I was wondering how did it go with these at your party? Did any break. Did adults use them too? Were they as functional as they seem?

    Thanks in advance!

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  22. I am curious about how well they work with children too. My daughter's 2nd birthday is coming up and I'm SO tired of buying new cups for every party we have. Most of the children will be under 3 and I'm wondering if this will be a good solution. I know they are very durable so I'm assuming they are fine to use but I'd love others' input as well. Thanks!

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  23. Is the paint safe? I want to do this as well but I am scared about the chemicals in paint.

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  24. I'm going to use this for my cocktail hour and seat placement for my wedding!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. I was wondering what brand spray paint you used? is the paint food safe? i tried to spray paint the lids, but it chipped....& i'm nervous about possibility of eating the paint...

    They are beautiful! =)

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  26. do you use any spray paint? or is there a certain brand or kind? Does the paint chip off? I'd like to make these for my son's 10th birthday, but want to make sure the paint is safe. I am thinking about just doing the rings in color and leaving the seal part the way it comes.

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  27. Wow! Glass sippy cups?!Smart idea for kids. Go buy plastic cups! Juice is is easy to clean up, blood not so much.

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    1. plastic is full of chemicals! yuck! Babies can learn to drink from a glass. :)

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    2. Get the plastic in BPA free...Glass is NOT safe for kids to carry around...safety trumps cute...sorry. Seen too many kids in the ED needing stitches and the parents didn't hand them the tool to hurt themselves.

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    3. clearly you are of the era of plastic. Because people used to grow up drinking only out of glass all the time. You learn how to do it without dropping the glass. I'm assuming that you drink out of glasses so you must have learned at some time so quit bashing this person for using glass. If you choose not to use glass that's your prerogative. Also, it looks the kids are not toddlers.

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  28. I love all mason jar ideas. Thanks for sharing. Love your blog!

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  29. I use Mason jars as my normal travel mug for cold drinks.

    I used the plastic lids that are available, but can be a bit harder to find. After drilling a hole in the top I used a rubber grommet in the hole to hide any rough edges. The grommet also keeps the straws in as it's a smaller hole and the rubber catches the straw.

    Due to worrying about breaking the jar as I use it quite often, I cut out a rectangle of leather and punched holes in the short ends. I then used a piece of cord to lace it up like a corset. It easily slides off for washing, then cinch it back up when in use.

    Just thought I'd add my two cents as I use this as my daily traveler.

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  31. These are too cute!! I may try these for my 'Grown Up Grape Juice' :)

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