If you’re anything like me, you are forever finding loose change everywhere: In the bottom of your bag, under the bed, down the back of the couch, in your pockets, etc. Just think how much money you would have if you actually saved all those coins and put them to good use. (And no, buying a latté on your way to lunch is not putting it to good use!)
In an effort to save my pennies more efficiently, I am here to share with you a quick DIY for those of us who need a little motivation when we save. We all have those things we are saving for but never seem to make any headway. Maybe you need a vacation. Perhaps you have been eyeing off some new additions to your wardrobe? These money jars not only remind you what you are saving for, but because they are clear you can keep an eye on how you are tracking. Make a few for different purposes and see which one fills up the fastest! Happy Saving!
• Glass jars (preferably with cork or thin metal lids)
• Adhesive vinyl or colored sheets
• Printer & paper
• Masking tape
• Sharp scissors and a craft knife
1. Start by selecting what you are saving for and select one (or two) words that sum up that goal: ‘Vacation,’ ‘Wardrobe fund,’ or even just general ‘Savings.’
2. In a word document type out the word(s) you are using, choosing a font that can be cut out easily. Block fonts in capital letters work best, but if you are feeling patient, feel free to experiment with cursive or more detailed fonts.
3. Print the words out onto plan printing paper–it’s a good idea to print the words in a few different sizes so you may choose the one that best fits your jars.
4. Cut around the words leaving a centimeter or two around the letters. Place the paper onto the jar to check the letter sizing. Once you are happy, cut out a piece of adhesive vinyl/colored sheets the same size as your paper and tape the printed words onto the sheet (taping onto the ‘front’ of the vinyl).
5. Using a very sharp craft knife or a pair of scissors, start to cut out the letters from the paper/vinyl. The printer letters will serve as a guide and you can separate them from the vinyl as you cut them out. If you find the paper is slipping when you try to cut, secure it with some more tape until you can cut through both sheets easily. The choice between cutting with a knife or scissors is up to you. I find it easier to work with scissors and then use the knife for the trickier bits, but experiment to find what you are most comfortable with.
6. Once the letters are cut out, discard the paper and left over vinyl and lay out the letters in the correct order.
7. Wipe your glass jar over with a dry cloth to ensure there is no dust on the surface.
8. Take a strip of masking tape and run it along the jar just below where you want to display your words. The tape will serve as a guide to keep your letters straight, so take the time to apply it exactly right. (Use a ruler if you don’t feel comfortable applying this free hand.)
9. Take each letter, remove the backing paper and carefully apply to the glass so that the base of the letter is sitting flush on the tape. This part can be a little fiddly, so it is best to only lightly stick the letters to the glass until you have them all down, so you can move or adjust them before pressing down firmly to secure.
10. Remove the masking tape. (Repeat steps 7 – 9 if you have more than one line of letters.)
11. Optional Step: if you would like your jars to be more like traditional money boxes, cut a large slit in the jar lid using your craft knife (approximately 1 inch in length).
Dani (Craft contributor)
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