Growing up, we kids always had our own money bank. Mom would give us empty mason jars and we would embellish them with stickers, glitter glue, and anything else that rocked our boats. We hoarded our quarters and dimes and nickels and pennies and the occasional dollar or two. Every so often we would decide to be miserly and dump all our money out and count it.
I decided to do the same thing for Jaxon and fill his jar with our pocket change. Then when it gets filled maybe we can start a little savings account for him and by the time he’s old enough to really care about money he should have a nice little chunk stashed away. All thanks to his thoughtful parents of course.
All you need is a mason jar with a lid and the embellishments of your choice. I chose paint and stickers with a little extra color in the fabric that I glued to the lid. I decided to paint the inside of my jar with enamel paint. This is totally optional; if you’re kids are a little older, they might prefer watching the money slowly build up inside their jar. I followed the directions on the back of the paint bottle and painted on two coats of paint with an hour of drying time between each coat. I thought about putting the stickers on as I waited for the paint to dry, but then I remembered, “No can do, cracker jack” (quote: Night At The Museum). I wanted to cure the paint by using the baked method (versus letting it cure for 21 days) so adhering the stickers beforehand would probably have been fairly disastrous. Simply set your jar in a cold oven and turn the oven on to 350 degrees. Let it bake for 30 minutes and then turn the oven off and let the jar cool in the oven.
To make the lid of my jar, I simply hot glued around the edge of the jar lid and then pressed it into the jar ring. To adhere the fabric, I hot glued around the top edge of the lid and pressed the fabric down onto the glue. I did the same thing around the sides of the lid, putting little folds in the fabric as I went so that it would hang nicely.If you like, you can cut a slit in the top of your lid to stick the coins into. I used a kitchen shears to cut through the lid. Be sure the sharp edges are pushed to the underside of the lid so that they don’t cut little fingers!
Once the jar was completely cool, (I waited till the next day; no particular reason other than I just didn’t get around to finishing it up on the same day) I had Jaxon help me apply the stickers to the outside of the jar.And that’s it! A fun little project for your kiddos this summer if they want to earn a little money! There are really countless things you could do with this. You could use chalk paint on the outside of the jar for them to write their names on, they could use glitter glue to write their names, they could cut shapes out of magazines and mod podge them to the outside…just have fun and let them get creative!!