Condo Blues: DIY Mad Scientist Mason Jar Bank

Monday, January 29, 2018

DIY Mad Scientist Mason Jar Bank

I need something in my laundry room to organize the loose change I sometimes find in the washing machine and dryer. My laundry room is too small for a cute piggy bank on the washing machine or dryer but I do have the wall space to make a hanging spare change organizer out of my favorite resource – a recycled glass jar.

My laundry room has a heroes and comedy horror movies theme since I think laundry is an evil chore (AND it keeps all of the odd toys and posters in one room  instead of throughout the house). I figure I shouldn’t make a normal laundry room spare change jar and instead made a Mad Scientist coin bank.

Hey, you never know, turning into a mad scientist could turn into a lucrative side hustle!

How to Make a Hanging Mason Jar Coin Bank

You will need:

Mason jar coin lid

Mason jar

Wood plaque – I’m using scrap wood

Craft paints

Paint brushes


Mod Podge

Magazines, newspapers, etc.


2 Small bungee cords -  I bought mine from Dollar Tree


Small nail

Sawtooth picture hanger 


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Step by Step How to Make It

1. Use the paint and paint brush to paint the wood base with your base color and let it dry.

2. Use the paint and paint brush to paint the wood base with a second color and let it dry.

3. Use the sandpaper to distress and remove select areas of the top coat of paint to allow the bottom color to peak through.

4. Use the scissors to cut the letters to spell Mad Scientist’s Fund from your old junk mail, flyers, magazines, etc.

5. Use the Mod Podge to glue and seal the paper letters to the wood base or to the mason jar if you like.

Some people recycle their junk mail. I decorate with it.

6. Twist to remove the hooks from both ends of one of bungee cords.

7. Wrap the bungee cord around the top of the mason jar and twist the wire though the loops in the end of the bungee cord to hold it into place.

8. Attach the hooks of the second bungee cord to bungee cord hanger on the jar to make the handle.
9. Attach the saw tooth hanger to the back of the wood plaque.

10. Hammer a hanging nail to the front of the plaque for the hanging mason jar.

11. Assemble, hang it, and collect your Mad Money!

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