I wanted to start teaching my son a little more about money, and I used it as an excuse for a little craft time for me. With a few things we had around the house I was able to put together this homemade Give, Save, Spend Bank.
Back at the holidays I really started thinking about my son and money. I knew he would be getting some monetary gifts. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to start talking about how to be more responsible with money, most of all about giving back (tithing.)
My son has so much!!!! Yes, it required that many exclamation marks. With the holidays approaching I knew he would be getting that much more, and I wanted it to be on his mind that we give back part of what God has blessed us with.
Of course, the other part of being responsible with money is saving money, and I wanted to teach him how to start setting that money aside. I felt like the best way to show him this was to divide his money up with a give, save, spend bank.
To make his bank I used 3 mason jars, burlap ribbon, Heat Transfer Material, glue and an old piece of barn wood.
I created my words and cut them out using my Silhouette. Make sure to flip your words before cutting (here are a few more tips for using Heat Transfer Material.)
I cut my ribbons to the appropriate length to wrap around my jars and folded it down the middle to help me center my words.
Using a pressing cloth (piece of cotton fabric) to apply my words to the ribbon.
Then I was able to glue my finished burlap ribbons onto my jars.
Once your jars are finished you can arrange them on a piece of wood and glue them down. I used a piece of old barn wood we had sitting around. I thought it was important to some how connect the jars into one thing, which is why I used the wood, and I also could see him carrying around the separate jars if I didn’t.
I decided to just leave the jars lid off for now, just adding the rings, and leaving the top open. At the time I wasn’t sure how to cut the lid so it wouldn’t be sharp. I just read recently where someone suggested using cardboard or plastic, cutting it the size of the lid and the cutting a slot for money. That seems like a much better option, but if you prefer it be metal, I like these Coin Bank Mason Jar Lids from amazon.
I love how this bank came together. I also think it is quite the rustic decor piece if I do say so myself. I love when I can use my craftiness to create practical things for my family to use.