Bottle cups are one of the most common items in an everyday backpack. They are popular, most notably because a 32 oz Nalgene water bottle sits neatly in the cup, thereby saving space when backpacking. Probably the most recognizable of the bottle cups are the GSI Glacier Bottle Cup and the Ozark Trail Bottle Cup (sold at Wal-Mart, etc). One of the limitations of the bottle cups is that they do not come with lids nor are lids available from the manufacturers. The lid from a Stanley Camp Kit can be used on the bottle cups, but in order to get the lid, the cost is usually over $10. In this Instructable I’ll provide directions on how to modify bottle cups to accept DIY lids, explain how to make your own low cost lids, and how to make a lid holder for pouring hot liquids.

Step 1: Tools & Materials

Tools needed
  • Drill or metal hole punch
  • Sanding sponge (to remove sharp edges)
  • 4” table belt sander
  • Vise (for bending wire)
  • Blow torch (to remove BPA coatings)
  • Side cut can opener
<p>Unless I'm missing something (and I apologize if I am, but I can't see it), where are the instructions for how to make the tab on the DIY lid? Thanks, and again- apologies if I'm just not seeing it but I have read and re-read this a few times now.</p>
<p>The &ldquo;D&rdquo; ring tabs are usually available in the hardware sections of home improvement stores such as Lowe's &amp; Menard's. I've also seen these used as replacement hardware on window screens as well. The one in the photo was one of several I picked up at a flea market last year. Since they come in handy for all kinds of projects, I keep a variety of &quot;D&quot; rings in my hardware &quot;spares&quot; cabinet. Hope that helps</p><p>If you can't find them already made up, they are easy enough to make with the right gauge of wire and sheet metal. I've made them by hand before when I didn't have time to go to the hardware store.</p>
<p>Great post!</p>
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Nice and clear instructions. Will be making one this weekend fir my cup! Thank you.
So clever - great work, and awesome photos to demonstrate your build.

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