mason jar lids

Want to hear about something cool? Who doesn’t, right? I’ve discovered an awesome new way to drink from mason jars… with plastic lid inserts. Even better? It’s a cheap DIY project that is quick and easy.


Remember this picture from my coffee post? It has one of my new lids on it.

Here’s another lid demonstration (please ignore the messiness on the counter… this was after making green monster smoothies). I call this the “junior” lid…


Again, I found the idea on Pinterest. I <3 that website so much. It’s fantastic. It was a combination of two ideas I found, really. This one, that used plastic paper lids, and this one, that drilled holes directly in to the standard metal mason jar lids. Both were great ideas, but I didn’t have the materials for either. What I did have were some cheap Ikea place mats, scissors and a hole punch. And so, it begins.


Step 1 – I traced around the standard mason jar lid with a sharpie. Then, I took out scissors and started cutting.

step 1 - trace and cut


Step 2 – After tracking down my hole punch, we were in business. I picked a spot and punched a hole through. I wanted it far enough away from the edge that if C tipped her cup toward her, liquid wouldn’t come gushing out. I would have preferred the center, but my hole punch wasn’t large enough to accommodate that.

step 2 - punch a hole


Step 3 – I inserted my new lid in to the standard metal ring that comes with mason jars, filled up the jar with a beverage, and put a straw in the hole. That’s it! I really don’t think it could be simpler.

step 3 - insert lid in to metal ring, screw on mason jar, add a straw and sip away!


This was a fun project. It’s a great way to get away from using plastic all the time for C’s drinks, and she loves the birds on her cups! I’d love to find some other place mat designs to try out.


3 Responses to “mason jar lids”

  1. 1 Frizza May 13, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Wow! That looks great… will be buying some place mats for my mason jars soon :)

  2. 2 Mimi April 15, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    What mason jar brand did you use?

    • 3 suzyness April 22, 2013 at 7:56 AM

      Hi Mimi – they were Ball brand, but I believe mason jars are all standard size. I’ve used jars/lids interchangeably without a problem. (sorry for the delayed response – your comment was marked as spam!)

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