Homemade Sippy Cup
If you have 27 cents and a few minutes to spare, you can make the best little drinking / sippy cup this side of the Mason Dixon line (or even on the other side). I hope this little DIY answers all of your drink container needs. It’s my absolute favorite cup for the kids in the house. So the Recipe? It’s simple. Just save that jar of pasta you used to make dinner with one night, and spend a few minutes with some simple tools found around the house to make your own sturdy inexpensive sippy cup.
I’ve never liked plastic sippy cups. They always seem to fall apart and are a pain to open/close and especially to get really clean. So, I had an idea: Make my own! I have been in the south long enough to take to drinking from Mason jars on occasion. It’s sort of a redneck thing to do..and I am redneck and proud I like drinking from glass too. So, after we finished a spaghetti dinner one night, I took the empty 15 ounce pasta jar that held the sauce and decided to make my own solution for a durable easy to use sippy cup. None of this plastic hard to open and close and clean BPA laden stuff for us anymore. I have had so many people inquire about them and compliment the design that I thought I would put together a little blog entry to share with the rest of the world. A quick online search will reveal similar ideas as mine. However, I took into account the type of container and the type of straw that could be the most reusable. This makes all the difference.
These sippy cups have been tested hard in the kitchen, in the car, and around the house by my dedicated team of toddlers The best attribute of my little design is how easy the straw and container are to clean. At the low price you can make as many as you might need. It is made of glass, so you might not want to put it into the hands of a little one who likes to practice the long throw with drinks near a hard surface. I have yet to have one break however, and I have been using them since my children were both 2.
Here’s what you will need to make your own Homemade Sippy Cup
Tools and Supplies
- A hammer
- A small nail
- 3/8 drill bit
- a small piece of scrap wood to drill and tap a hammer on
- One 15 ounce pasta sauce container and lid (I recommend Paul Newman sauces as the proceeds go to charity) You can use a different sized jar, but I have found these 15 ouncers are easy to hold and work out the best. They even have 4,8, and 12 oz markers molded into the glass for easy measuring. Any jar with a screw on lid will work though.
- Tubing purchased from a Home Improvement Store 3/8 inch outside diameter, 1/4 inch inside diameter. This tubing can usually be found for purchase by the foot on rolls near the indoor pipe section of the store. You will want to use this thicker tubing as it is much easier to clean. It will fit on the spindle of a dishwasher rack making it super easy to clean. I purchased mine for 27 cents a foot. It is 3/8 inch outside diameter and 1/4 inch inside diameter. Just ask someone for that type.
Now to build the Homemade Sippy Cup
Start out by emptying your chosen pasta jar of its contents, and thoroughly clean it.
Now remove the lid and using your hammer tap the small nail into the center of the lid until it pierces all the way thru. This is thin metal so it is quite easy. This is your pilot hole for making a bigger hole with your drill.
Using the pilot hole, make the hole larger using your 3/8 inch drill bit. Don’t worry if your hole is not perfectly round as it wont make much difference. The main concern is getting the hole just big enough for the straw to slide thru easily without catching on the sides.
Now that your main hole is drilled for the straw to go into, you need to put a small hole in the lid as a vent. If you do not put a vent hole you will have drink spilling up thru the top of the straw. Trust me, I learned this from experience. The vent hole makes it all work well. Just use the hammer and nail to make another small hole above or below the center straw hole. Be sure to hammer the vent hole from the topside of the lid as bits of metal will protrude a bit.(We will take care of those in the next step).
Now, using your hammer tap the backside of the vent hole and main hole to flatten any protruding bits of metal flat which will make the lid easy to clean and safer to touch.
Your holes should look something like this:
Now its time to make the straw. You can make this any length that you want. I have found that a 10 inch straw works the best. Simply cut it with a sturdy pair of scissors.
Wala! You have went from pasta jar off the shelf to a durable and easy to clean inexpensive sippy cup for all occasions! To clean, just remove lid and throw the parts in the dishwasher. Remember that straw? Just place it on one of the spindles in your dishwasher to get it super clean with little effort.