They say necessity is the mother of invention and I believe it with all my heart. Thus my recent creation of Mason jar drinking glasses with lids!
My 13-year old complicates things as well. She’s nearly as accident prone as her mother, (nearly,) but if I hand her a cup like that she looks at me like I’ve just insulted her. (The last time she had a friend over I was respectfully informed beforehand that she would “absolutely die” if I handed her and her friend a cup like this. I should have tried it and seen what “absolutely happened”, but I was nicer than that.)
…and while I loved them in the beginning, I’ve come to like them less and less. They aren’t cheap to begin with, but most of them also are not dishwashable and that is an issue with me. The lids tend to warp and they aren’t easy to clean. I find that if I don’t dig out the plastic seal and wash it separately…every single time…I start seeing a ring of mold around the top of the lid. That’s hardly something I want to find in my drinking glass!
I always have Mason jars a-plenty around here and I figured pints would make for perfect-sized glasses for my crew. Half-pints might work better for smaller children. Like I said, I always have jars around for canning, but you can buy a box of a dozen jars for $10-$15.
I purchased these plastic lids from my local Kroger store and paid $3.79 for a box of eight.
They make these for standard or wide-mouthed jars and they can be put in the top rack of a dishwasher. All they needed was a hole for a straw!
That’s where my trusty drill came into play. (And, yes, the drill below is MY drill. Every girl needs some basic tools for minor repairs and simple do-it-yourself jobs, and a drill is a MUST.)
You can place the hole in the center of the lid if you like, but nearer the edge makes more sense to me. And the plastic will crack if you start out with a large drill bit. (I learned this from experience, so take note!) Start out with a small drill bit, like a 3/32, then gradually work your way up to a 5/16, which is perfect for your average-size straw. Voila!
Now, granted, these are GLASS jars, so I probably wouldn’t let my kids use them if we had tile floors anywhere in the house. Fortunately we do not and our kids generally leave their drinks in one spot, so these have worked really, really well. I actually prefer glass because I think weightier beverage containers are less likely to tip over, even if left in the carpet. But they DO make plastic Mason jars if you’re more comfortable with that idea! I actually need to invest in some of those for when the kids want to carry their drinks outside.
At an outdoor party or cookout, glasses like these would be great for adults. And tied with ribbon or string or burlap, they could add a lovely touch to a get-together.
But for now, my new glasses are working great for our family. They won’t discolor or warp with time, they’re the perfect size, and, considering I have less than $4 invested in 7 glasses, they came at a pretty incredible price!
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