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DIY Mason Jar Shaker

DIY Mason Jar Shaker

Quick DIY Mason Jar Shaker

Here is a great way to make your own diy mason jar shaker, and best of all it costs next to nothing to make.  My grandma gave me a bunch of her old mason jars, and I’ve been trying to find some good uses for them, and this fits the bill.  These homemade shakers are great because you can make them in any size that you want and can be used for anything from spice shakers to homemade carpet freshener.

Making your own shakers is a great alternative to buying a new shaker, especially as an alternative to plastic.  Don’t worry if you don’t have any mason jars laying around you can also use any glass jar with a metal lid.

Time: 5 min.

– What You Need –

diy mason jar shaker what you need

Here’s what you need to make your own homemade shaker bottles.

  • mason jar
  • mason jar lid
  • hammer
  • nail, screw driver, or other pointy object
  • pencil

– Step One –

diy mason jar shaker trace your punching pattern

Pick your punch

Decide what you want your punched holes are going to look like on the lid.  Things you want to ask yourself:

How big should the holes be?  If you are going to be putting a fine powder in your shaker the holes only need to be small, but if you are going to put something more granular into the shaker like pepper the holes should be larger or you’ll never get it out.

Should there be a lot of holes?  The more holes the more comes out.

Do you want a cute pattern?  I chose to go for a more traditional circular pattern, but the awesome thing about making your own shaker is that you can make the pattern whatever you want.  You can make a star pattern, a heart, or whatever you want, so play around, and make it what you want.

Once you’ve figured out what you want you shaker pattern to be trace it or sketch it onto the to of your mason jar lid with a pencil.  For mine I traced my espresso shot glass in the center of my lid.

– Step Two –

diy mason jar shaker punch the holesPunch Time

Next pick up you hammer, and grab your nail or screw driver.  Remember that the larger the nail you pick the larger the wholes you’ll have so chose wisely.

Punch Holes Punch holes in the lid from the top down, punching from the bottom up will create little metal barbs on the top of your shaker which can snag on stuff or cut you.

diy mason jar shaker finished holes

It works best to punch the wholes with the lid laying flat on a wood surface that you don’t mind getting a little scratched up.  If you punch the wholes with the lid on the jar the lid can end up dimpling more which isn’t a big deal, but I like it better with it as flat as possible.

– Step Three –

All Done

That’s it, now you can use your homemade shaker for all your other homemade powdery things.

These shakers are great for more things than I could ever think of, but a few that I will be using them for are for: homemade carpet freshener powder, spices, and homemade deodorant powder.

– My Experience –

I love these diy mason jar shakers, they are so easy to make, super handy, and they let me cut down on my use of plastic which I love.  It’s awesome just being able to make a shaker in a matter of minutes for virtually no money.

I love them, give ’em a try!

Let me know if you’ve tried to make these yourself, and how they work out for you in the comments.  Also like, share, or pin this post if you liked it.

– Lance

DIY Mason Jar Shaker

diy mason jar shaker

How to make your own quick and easy diy mason jar shaker.

Prep Time 3 minutes
Active Time 12 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • Mason Jar
  • Mason Jar Lid


  • Hammer
  • Nail, Screw Driver, or Other Pointy Object
  • Pencil


  1. diy mason jar shaker trace your punching patternDecide size, quantity, and pattern of holes for shaker lid.
  2. diy mason jar shaker trace your punching patternTrace pattern on lid with pencil.
  3. diy mason jar shaker punch the holesGrab preferred pointy object and hammer. Place lid flat on wooden surface that can be scratched.
  4. diy mason jar shaker finished holesStart punching holes from top of lid through bottom, following traced pattern.
  5. diy mason jar shakerFill jar with choice of powdery things, screw on lid, and go wild!

Miss Fanny

Sunday 9th of February 2014

cool idea! thanks for sharing :)


Sunday 9th of February 2014

Sure! No problem, glad you liked it!

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