How to Make A Mason Jar Mug

Yesterday I fell in love with a word.

Aren’t words funny like that?  You’re making an all day trip to Target and buying enough organizational supplies from the dollar section to organize a small country (seriously cutest organizational supplies ever) and having an amazing hair day and all of a sudden you hear a word….

….and fall in love.

And the word?



Isn’t that the most wonderful, amazing, incredible word?

When you say it just rolls off your tongue.

And somehow you feel smarter and kinder and like you need to go up to your room at Downton Abbey and get ready for dinner.

Mason Jar Leather Mugs

And these leather hand-made mugs that my brother made for us for Christmas.

They are simply splendid.

And lovely.

Splendid’s first cousin.

mug DIY

Have a mason jar?

Want to make your own?

He said it was easy, but the leather can get a little expensive depending on which kind you get.

Step 1:  Cut your leather to the size of the mason jar.

You want it to fit snugly, so he cut it just a little smaller to ensure a tight fit.

The edges of the leather are raw.

You can cut it with a rotary cutter and guide to ensure a straight line.

Mason Jar Mug

Step 2:  Punch the holes

Using a leather punch tool, he punched seven holes in each side of the piece of leather.

You can find leather tools at most craft stores.

In mine they are over by the soap making supplies.

Leather Mug

Step 3:  Add handle

Cut a smaller piece of leather to use as the handle.

Attach it to the leather with rivets.

You want to start with the wrong side of the leather and then flip it over to form a handle.

Step 4:  Stitch it closed

You can use a heavy twine or the plastic cord to make lanyards.

After stitching, slip it on the mason jar.  You want it to be tight.  If you can’t fit the mason jar inside, get the leather wet and try to slip it on again.

Handmade Leather Mugs

I have these displayed on my hutch.

They are too pretty to put in the cabinet.

And guess what else.

(wait for it)

They are simply, wonderfully, amazingly, incredibly…..

….splendid. 🙂

PS  How about you?

Do you have a word you love?

PPS  Here’s a more detailed tutorial on the project with step-by-step pictures.

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  1. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Shut up! That's, well, just SPLENDID! (Yes I did just shout!) I love this idea. Perfect for a Texas look, y'all! lol. I'm going to attempt it. :-D

  2. Image for Robin Stephens Robin Stephens

    Dang, they're darling! A little bit country and a little bit rock and roll. I like it! They'd be cute paired w/ horseshoes as coasters! Too, too clever!

  3. Image for Denise Denise

    I got it as a gift a couple of years ago. I believe it is from The Grommet. Love it so much. It is way cool that your brother made them. The handmade gifts are the best!

  4. Image for Jere Jere

    My word is "Cunning". Years ago a elderly friend would use that word and it seemed to fit perfectly what she was describing or remarking about. It is a old fashioned word and never used now..but I am old and old fashioned and I find many "cunning" things. Many Splindid things are also cunning. Wishing you a Splindid New Year. Jere

  5. Image for Barbara Barbara

    Your brother and whole family is amazingly talented! I bet everyone has started thinking of what to make for the next Christmas already:) My word is JUBILEE. A friend named their dog that:)

  6. Image for Sharon N Sharon N

    Hi! Not only do I love the mugs, but ...... I think that I can (maybe) do two things at once. Organize and make mugs at the same time. Not exactly at the same here's the plan. 1. Take old, not using anymore leather purses out of tote that has been around too long, 2. cut them up to make mugs. Sooooo what do you think, will it work? Plus you now have an empty tote......bonus!

  7. Image for karen karen

    Hi KA Yes, I have a word TALENT that is what your fam is made of. Really love these. One can often find leather samples at furniture stores...perfect for this project because the samples aren't huge. I make journals and have this to be a good , cheap source! Y'all must think all year what you are gonna make for each other. What did you make for them?

  8. Image for bj bj

    These are adorable...and so smart...personally, jars are hard for me to drink out of because of the ridge at the top... these sure would be cute displayed, tho.

  9. Image for Michelle Rudis Michelle Rudis

    What a clever idea!! And I think these will also be going in my Christmas baskets next year...with each family member's initials on their very own leather mason jar mug, of course!

  10. Image for Judie M. Judie M.

    My word is " Actually " my 4 year old grandson says it when he has a different opinion. I love the mugs, I think the things your brother has made for you, that you show are wonderful, thanks for sharing. Maybe he needs a Blog?

  11. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    The English would say " clever"! As in your brother, and whole family, are so clever! And I would second that...after I told you how "lovely" they were! My oldest is living in London expect I'll pick up some of the local jargon. And those mugs are splendid! ;)

  12. Image for Susan Susan

    The word I love isn't really a word....well, it's not in the dictionary, but it's a word to me..."fantabulous"! See, even spellcheck thinks it's not a word because, when I type it, I get a red, squiggly line underneath it. But it IS a word to me and I am in lurve with it...gonna marry it! :) I am also in lurve with those mugs!!! They are lovely, splendid and fantabulous!!! Your brother is incredibly talented, just like you! Thank you for the instructions so that we might make our own, but I think this project would be waaaaaay out of my league. I'll just have to keep coming back and ogling yours!

  13. Image for Cheryl Autrey Cheryl Autrey

    I Adore these! You and your family are so talented. I am so thankful I found your post. Hope you have a Blessed New Year!

  14. Image for Kris Kris

    "Splendid" is indeed a wonderful word ... as are "clever" and, my favorite from reading British writers, "gobsmacked". All of them have a Brit feel to them, don't they? I'm a not-so-secret anglophile ... We took our kids to a museum last week and they had activities for kids. One of them was making old-fashioned paper dolls with dresses from the 20's. I wanted to make all of them!! Like dressing Downton Abbey characters ...

  15. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Well we knew your brother was simply amazing in the creativity department ( so are YOU) but to see such . . . such. . . splendid mugs is just well . . . splendid!! I can use magnificent too but that seems too too. Splendid is just the right word for the mugs. Now, the important question is . . . and inquiring (nosy) minds want to know. What is the first drink you're going to put into them?? Will it be hot chocolate?? Will it be some dark and forceful coffee?? Or will it be sweetened ice tea with lime?? I am waiting on bated breath ( I think that's the term they used in Barbara Cartlands cheap romance novels). Your whole family rocks!! Big Hugs!

  16. Image for gina gina

    Love: the mason jars, leather, wooden bench, winding path in the woods! All of it! I can drink it all up! As for word: ESSENTIAL as in only have what is truly essential as I limit my stuff, clothes, friends, time drains, etc. As for blog reading, yours is essential!

  17. Image for Mary Mary

    I liked indeed... but my word is --- mah-va-luos... Just like Karianne when she's having a good hair day. She looks just marvelous... :) :)

  18. Image for Michele Riggsbee Michele Riggsbee

    I truly enjoy your posts, Kari Anne! Thank you for sharing your "shenanigans"! Isn't shenanigans a fun word?! It too rolls right of the tongue!

  19. Image for Mindy Whipple Mindy Whipple

    I love these mugs! I saw some on a web site (sans handles) that were similar but far out of reach from my budget. I do believe that my husband happens to have some leather scraps lying around his garage (please read garage with an English accent in honor of Downton Abbey) that will work, yes, splendidly! I love so many words but get a secret thrill when I hear someone use the word hence. I always know they are my people when they use it : )

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