Install a Tarp Grommet

Get more value from your tarps

Repair an old tarp or make a new tarp more useful with extra lashing points by installing new grommets. Also install them in various sizes on tents, awnings and other covers.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Cutting holes for large grommets

Grommet kits include an assortment of grommets in several sizes and all the installation tools required. Kits are available at hardware stores and home centers. (We used 1/2-in. grommets for this repair.)

Determine exactly where you want the grommet and mark the location. The hole cutter in the kit has a beveled edge that cleanly cuts a grommet hole in the tarp (Photo 1).

Then sandwich the grommet and washer around the tarp and pound them together to complete the grommet (Photos 2 and 3). Make sure the punch is completely inserted through the grommet post and into the center of the anvil. Otherwise, the grommet and washer won't seat together fully and the anvil may be damaged.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Safety glasses

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Grommet kit