Hadley is at that age (and has been for quite awhile) where she is super interested in coins. Paper money she’s sort of interested in; mostly she just looks at it for a minute and then gives it to whoever happens to be closest to her at the time. Coins, on the other hand, she is just ecstatic about.
Not too long ago, I had given her an empty formula can to store her coins in, but I wanted her to have something a little more personalized and longer lasting that she could use instead. Not wanting to spend a bunch of money on a store-bought coin bank, which I’ve seen anywhere from $9 to $20, I decided to do a mini project and make one using materials I already had at home!
Overall, for how incredibly easy it was to make, I think it turned out really well. The only thing I actually had to buy was the jar itself (since none of my jars at home have lids), which was only $2 at Target in the kitchen section. Everything else I already had in my art supplies!
What you’ll need:
- Mason or canning jar
- Scrapbook paper- I was able to get a 50 page book at Walmart for $4.99
- X-acto knife
- Scotch tape
- Permanent marker
So, all I did was cut a piece of scrapbook paper to fit around the jar and taped it in the back. I added stickers and that was that! For the top, I drew out the spot where the coins will be inserted and cut it out. I traced a piece of scrapbook paper to fit on top and matched the hole.
I didn’t have to glue it or anything- the rim of the lid holds the paper in place just fine!
And that’s all, folks! Now, I know that this isn’t the most extravagant or original project in the world, but it’s a super simple and frugal way for kids to have their own little personal bank so they can start saving and learn about the importance of money.
Hadley just loves it… and was so excited to help me make it!
Such a goober!
In the end, this was a fun little project for us to do and although the coin banks in the store are super cute, I feel like having something personalized- and something she helped make- will have more value to her in the long run.
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