How to Install Grommets

How to install grommets, with a little trick to make it quick and easy!


Age: Adult

Difficulty: Easy

Time scale: 1


  • Grommets, also known as eyelets
  • Eyelet tool
  • Hammer
  • Scissors, hole punch OR soldering iron.
  • small block of wood
  • heavy material the eyelet needs to go in

Eyelets are also known as grommets. They are that metal ring used to reinforce a hole in fabric. They are used along the edge of tarps. This is so the tarp can be tied down with straps.

How to Install Grommets


Learning how to install grommets is not difficult. It is even easier if you use the correct tools.

Practice on a scrap piece of material. Once you have done one, it will be a breeze.


Use scissors or a hole punch to make a hole slightly smaller than the hole size on the grommet. Make sure the sticky out part of the metal ring, fits tightly through this hole.

Once you put the two pieces together, the material will be hooked securely between and won't pull out.

The dandy trick to make this procedure easier?  If the material you are using is plastic, a soldering iron works well, to make nice smooth holes. 



Place the one part of the eyelet on the good side of the material and push it up through the hole.

Put the other half on top, on the other side.


Time to use the eyelet tool. It doesn't have to be some big fancy thing. It's actually a very simple, inexpensive gadget. Most of the time when you buy a package of eyelets, this little tool is included.


Now put the round metal piece from the eyelet tool kit, on a block of wood. Line up the back grommet on this round metal piece. 

The other piece of the grommet tool, needs to be put on the top side.

Hit the top of the tool with a hammer. It will take two or three good whacks.

A wooden spool, actually makes a pretty good substitute for the eyelet tool; then again, wooden spools are a thing of the past. 


The two pieces of the eyelet, should now be squished together.

The material will be securely attached under the edge. If the material pulls out, either the eyelet isn't scrunched together properly, (didn't hit it hard enough?) OR the hole in the material was too big.

Knowing how to install grommets correctly, will be helpful for many diy projects. The rv sunshade, cover over the garden seat and an outdoor movie screen, all needed them.

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