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Tutti Frutti Mason Jar Cup

Watermelons, lemons, oranges, oh my! These mason jars were turned into lidded cups that double as take-home party favors — guaranteed to be a hit with grownups and kids alike!

mason jar melon cups with straws

Photography: Mikkel Paige Photography

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

This idea comes from our friend and designer Michelle Bablo. They were offered to each guest as part of a "Tutti Frutti" birthday party.

 

When spray-painting, it's recommended that you work in a well-ventilated area while wearing rubber gloves, goggles, and a ventilator mask.

materials

  • Mason jar
  • Dremel drill with a 1/2-inch bit
  • Silicone drink grommets (Pictured: 5/16-inch, $9.99 for 10, amazon.com)
  • Drinking straws (Pictured: SÖTVATTEN Drinking straws, $1.99 for 100, ikea.com)
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Spray paint
  • Painters tape
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto knife
  • Adhesive vinyl sheets (Pictured: 12-by-12-inches, $9.99 for 6 sheets, amazon.com)
  • Spray sealant (Pictured: Krylon® Acrylic Crystal Clear, $8.99, michaels.com) (optional)

steps

  1. Remove lid from the mason jar.
    mason jar cup how to
  2. Mask the top 1 1/2 inches of the jar with painter's tape, making sure to cover the opening completely.
    mason jar cup tape
  3. Spray jar with a main color.
    mason jar pink spray paint
  4. Let it dry completely before removing painter's tape.
    mason jar painters tape removal
  5. To create a "rind" on your fruit, tape off all but the bottom 1 1/2 inches of the mason jar.
    mason jar painters tape
  6. Additionally, spray-paint the mason jar lid with a complementary or contrasting color. (Tip: This may require 2 coats.)
    mason jar spray can
  7. If you'd like to seal your spray-painted design and enhance the cup's durability, tape off the top of the jar and apply a clear acrylic top coat; let dry completely.
    mason jar painted
  8. Using an x-acto knife, cut out seed shapes from adhesive vinyl sheets; affix to jar as desired.
    mason jar watermelon painted
  9. Once the jar lid has completely dried, mark where you'd like your straw to go with a pencil. Place the lid onto the jar and drill straight down into the jar with your ½-inch drill bit. (Tip: It's helpful to have another set of hands to hold the jar while you drill.) Once the hole is drilled, use pliers to flatten the edges of the hole. You can also use sandpaper to lightly smooth out any rough edges.
    mason jar cap hole
  10. Fit grommet into the hole in the mason jar lid, making sure to cover the jagged edges of the jar. Pop in a colorful straw.
    mason jar lid straw

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