I gave myself an extra pat on the back for chucking the coins I found lurking in the kitchen junk drawer into an empty mason jar instead of tossing them back into the drawer to be forgotten. That happens more than you care to know.
The only thing this is my mason jar coin bank is not cute.
Let’s make it cute!
DIY Adventure Fund Adult Piggy Bank
Husband and I love to travel. In fact, almost all of the money saving tips and hacks I do here on Condo Blues and my food blog Lazy Budget Chef are so we can put more money into our travel fund.
My Annual Winter Restlessness always comes with a serious case of wanderlust, so why not make my coin jar bank with a travel theme?
You will need to make this project:Mason jar – I’m using a salsa jar
Mason jar coin bank lid OR Dremel and cutting wheel
Toy compass keychain
Mod Podge - Matte Finish
Curly alphabet stickers
Maps – I’m using maps from travel brochures I got from a travel show
Needle nose pliers
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The How to Make it Step by Step Tutorial:
1. Use the Dremel and cutting wheel to carefully cut an approximate 2 inch slit (or longer if desired) in the jar lid. You can skip this step if you are using a pre cut coin bank lid.
2. Rip or cut a map to the size of your liking to attach to the front of the jar.
3. Clean the front of the jar with a cotton ball soaked in a little bit of rubbing alcohol. This will clean any oil from your hangs that may be on the glass and allow your elements to adhere to the glass.
4. Apply Mod Podge to the back of the map with a paint brush and glue it to the front of the jar and allow it to dry.
Tip: You may need to lightly and temporarily use painter’s tape on the edges of the map to encourage them to stay put on the round jar while the Mod Podge dries.
5. Remove the painter’s tape if necessary and apply a thin coat of Mod Podge over the map with the paint brush to seal it and allow it to dry.
6. Cover the edge of the jar lid with the washi tape. Washi tape is thin so I had to use two layers of washi tape to make sure the writing on my jar lid did not show through.
7. Trace the lid onto a map and cut it out with a pair of scissors.
8. Apply Mod Podge to the back of the map with a paint brush and glue it to the top of the jar lid and allow it to dry.
9. Use the craft knife to cut the map to the size of the coin slot in the jar lid.
10. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge over the map with the paint brush to seal it and allow it to dry.
11. Use the needle nose pliers to remove the compass from the keychain
12. In a well ventilated area, use the E6000 glue to attach the toy compass and airplane charm to the jar and allow it to dry.
Tip: You may need to lightly and temporarily use painter’s tape on the 3D elements to encourage them to stay put on the round jar while the glue dries.
13. Use the alphabet stickers to add Adventure Fund to the front of the jar.
14. Save your pennies and find your next adventure!
Where do you want to go?
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