Eric is really, really good about saving his change. I tend to spend mine, getting way more excited than is warranted when I get to use pennies at the store, whereas he empties his pockets at the end of the day to watch a jar fill up with dimes and quarters.
Not too long ago, the peanut butter jar we’d been using was too full to accept a single more cent. I took it to our credit union—and walked out more than $135 richer.
The problem: I could not go back to using that scuzzy plastic jar. It was dirty, it was ugly and I didn’t want it sitting on our mantle, no matter how much money it held.
So I enlisted Peeper’s help! Together, we made a brand-new/upcycled change jar so we can (ahem) watch our money grow. (Get it?)
Handmade Change Jar
- a Mason jar or another upcycled glass jar, with lid
- acrylic paints and paintbrush
- newspaper or a crafting tablecloth
- damp paper towels
- Acrylic stains, so cover your work surface with newspaper or something you don’t care about. Take off your little helper’s clothes or dress her in a painting smock.
- Paint your helper’s hand green, making sure to cover her whole palm. (Alternately, you can squeeze paint onto a paper plate and stick her palm in it to cover, but I find this a lot messier—plus it gets a ton of excess paint you have to blot off.)
- Guide your helper’s hand onto the side of the jar to make the “tree.” Make a whole forest if you like!
- Clean up your helper before she gets acrylic all over everything.
- Later, paint brown trunks at the base of each hand print and some grass to cover the base of your jar.
- Let it dry and start saving!