How to Make a Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker

A few weeks ago, I found a Mason jar cocktail shaker at West Elm. If we didn’t already have a shaker I would’ve bought it, because I’m obsessed with Mason jars. I know, I know, they’re so hipster and trendy right now, but my my mom taught me the use of glass jars ages ago and I use them for everything. You probably already know this, because they show up in so many of my posts and are constantly on my Instagram feed. I use them to store food, to give gifts, and they’re m preferred vessel for flowers.

The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to make one of those cocktail shakers myself. I discovered this tutorial and, a few minutes later, went to town with the drill.

I almost didn’t post this because people have pointed out to me that they don’t like power tools. But, ladies, drills are really nothing to be afraid of. And once you become friends with it, you’ll find that you’re empowered to put up and take down lots of things without having to wait for someone else to do it. If you’re going to start anywhere, start by drilling holes in Mason jar lids. They’re thin and if you mess one up, you can just try another one, since they’re pretty inexpensive. Empower yourself! (Okay, pep talk over.)

Frock Files | Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker


Mason jar
Two Mason jar lids
Drill with 7/64″ or 1/8″ bit
Coarse sandpaper


1. Use the tip of the drill bit to poke dents into the lid in the places you want holes. I suggest making the holes at least a quarter inch apart, but the design is entirely up to you. Get creative!

2. Drill holes using a high speed on the drill. This will prevent you from having to do too much sanding later.

3. Sand down the rough edges. It doesn’t have to be perfect; you just want to make sure you’re not drinking bits of lid.

4. Replace your hole-y lid with a new one. Pour your drink in the jar, shake with ice. Switch the lid for your freshly-drilled one and pour.

Frock Files | Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker

It’s not the shaker that James Bond would use (unless they did a re-make in Portland), but if you want something inexpensive and versatile, this shaker does the trick. I included it here because I’ll be posting a fabulous drink recipe tomorrow that requires a shaker, and I realized not everyone has one. So check back soon for a drink that will make your St. Patrick’s Day a little bit sweeter.

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  1. What an adorable idea!! My boyfriend used to be a bartender so I think I could so make him one of these! =)

  2. Cool idea! I think you could do the same thing with a hammer and a nail, if you were opposed to the power drill. It might leave sharp bits on the inside of the lid though…just thinking out loud here! I have a ton of mason jars/lids an not a single shaker, so I’m going to have to try this! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Brilliant! You know I love me a DIY project! And I can’t wait for you to unveil that drink recipe:).

  4. Brilliant! I feel like MacGyver already! Love how you capture them.

  5. Haha, so funny about a James Bond movie set in Portland! When we were there over the weekend, we caught the silliest news story of all time. I felt like we were watching an episode of Portlandia. But no, it was the real news. We had a good chuckle.

  6. Ha ha, love the Portland reference. šŸ˜€ These are so cute! The pink drink looks tasty… I hope you unveil that recipe sometime too!

  7. Cute holes!

  8. Cute idea! I pinned it to the ALT Pinterest board I curate, It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere. Looking forward to the recipe tomorrow šŸ™‚

  9. You are so clever! And power tools?! Go, Joy! šŸ˜‰ I share your love for mason jars, and I keep all my empty jam jars, which is sort of becoming a problem. I eat a lot of jam. Looking forward to your drank recipe. Oh, I’m envisioning pretty cocktail photos.

  10. ADORE! I have loved mason jars forever too. love this idea. xo

  11. you could also just use a big nail and a hammer to make the holes rather than use a drill. no? this is an awesome idea btw.

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