Day 9 of the 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts comes from a guest blogger, Jess of Feath & Kee shop and blog. She is a friend of mine from Etsy who is also a leader of the TEMPT Team and Ingenuity Team along with me.
This cute theme jar uses recycled materials and can be a great start as a piggy bank for a little one — just slip a few dollars in to start them off. You can also leave the lid in tact and fill with any number of homemade beauty products or DIY recipes. Now without further ado, here’s Jess!
Hand Painted Christmas Money Jar
Crafting Time: 45 Minutes + Paint Drying Time
It seems like every year, the Christmas shopping list seems to get longer and longer. While sometimes possibly a bit stress inducing, this is a good thing, because it means that your network of friends and loved ones has grown.
The project that I am going to share with you today should help you cross a few names off of your list with thought and care while providing a little bit of stress relieving craft time. I make these money or tip jars for the Etsy shop that I have with my husband, and are great to sit on your dresser or counter to collect loose change.
- glass jar with lid ( any jar will work, preferably one that you are recycling though).
- something to poke a hole in the lid. This can be a flathead screw driver, or if you have one, a chisel works great.
- A hammer to wack the screwdriver or chisel with.
- Pliers – Needle nose are best
- Paint (acrylic is great, inexpensive, mostly washable)
- Paint pen (this is optional, but if you are going to write on your jar it makes things a lot easier)
- Clear acrylic spray or polyurethane
- Paper bag or something to protect your work space.
The Process (with Pictures!)
Okay, first step is that you will want to make sure that your jar is clean and free of labels and sticky glue. Running it through the dishwasher with your other dishes should do most of the work. Rubbing alcohol or Goo Away will take care of the rest.
Now that you have a clean jar, go ahead and take off the lid and this is where you will use your screwdriver or chisel to poke a hole in it. Place the lid, inside facing up, on a flat piece of wood or other surface that you don’t mind having a dent in.
Position your screwdriver or chisel where you want to start making your hole. Hit the end of the screwdriver fairly hard. Continue doing this until you have cut out a narrow rectangle shape in your lid.
Bend the rough edges underneath the lid and smash them down.
Now you are ready for the fun part! This is where if you have kids, it would be great for them to help out especially if this will be for a teacher or loved one.
Grab your paint and get to work! Use your imagination and decorate to your hearts content. For this post, I made a “Santa Fund”. Since I have writing on this jar, I went with a lighter color, then decorated it with complimentary colors.
You will need to allow some time for drying, but acrylic dries pretty fast. You should be able to complete one of these in a day. Once you are happy with everything, it is time to add your writing to personalize your jar. You can use a skinny paint brush or a paint pen to do this.
Once your jar has completely dried, apply a coat of clear acrylic to seal and protect your design.
You can fill your jars with candy or other treats. They make great gifts.
Thanks Jess for this great tutorial! If you’ve fallen in love with this cute Santa Fund, you make your own with her great tutorial or purchase this one from here shop here.