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A jar for those with lots of change and little cashy money.
I end up with a pretty good amount of change, but my tiny dorm room can't really accommodate a change bowl. My roommate had the idea of cutting a change slit in the top of a Starbucks Frappuchino to keep change in, and I really liked the idea--they're small, sturdy bottles and hold a fair bit of change before filling up. So I took this nifty idea and ran with it and this how-to was the result. ^_^!

Posted by Jenn from Buckhannon, West Virginia, United States • Published See Jenn's 11 projects »
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  • How to make a money bank. Cheap And Easy Decopage Change Jar - Step 1
    Step 1

    Get a glass or plastic bottle of medium size. I used a Frappuchino bottle, but if there is another beverage you prefer, that'd be fine--just make sure that the top opening is large enough to fit change down into.

  • How to make a money bank. Cheap And Easy Decopage Change Jar - Step 2
    Step 2

    Take off the labels, if you like. I did because Frapp labels peel off pretty easily, but it really doesn't matter either way.

  • How to make a money bank. Cheap And Easy Decopage Change Jar - Step 3
    Step 3

    Pick a handful of magazines you don't really need anymore--make sure they have a lot of pictures! (Unless you'd like to do something with text...that'd actually be pretty cool!)

  • How to make a money bank. Cheap And Easy Decopage Change Jar - Step 4
    Step 4

    Look through the magazines and cut out pictures or words that you'd like your bottle to feature--think about a theme while selecting pictures, like a color or a style. Be sure to trim them to the size and shape that you want, and if you can, check and see how they overlap with each other. No point in having an awesome picture if you accidentally cover it up with another one!

  • How to make a money bank. Cheap And Easy Decopage Change Jar - Step 5
    Step 5

    Gather all of your supplies together over a surface you don't mind getting a little bit sticky, like a newspaper. Unscrew the top of a bottle of glue, get a stiff-bristled paintbrush you don't really care about, and use it to apply the clippings to the surface of the bottle.

  • How to make a money bank. Cheap And Easy Decopage Change Jar - Step 6
    Step 6

    Don't be afraid to use LOTS of glue! The glue here is not just to attach the clippings to the bottle, but also to give the finished product a smooth, matte finish rather than a patchy, part-magazine glossy finish. So cover EVERYTHING with glue! While you're doing this, mind the curves of the bottle, and use the stiff-bristles of the brush (or your fingers) to smooth out bubbles in the pictures.

  • How to make a money bank. Cheap And Easy Decopage Change Jar - Step 7
    Step 7

    It'll kind of look like this when you're done. After you're finished with that, start on the lid.

  • How to make a money bank. Cheap And Easy Decopage Change Jar - Step 8
    Step 8

    When I did the lid, I only focused on the flat surface on the top--it would have been obnoxious to decopage the sides of that lid! So if your lid is a color that is compatible with your theme, just leave it--it's easier!

  • How to make a money bank. Cheap And Easy Decopage Change Jar - Step 9
    Step 9

    After the lid is dry, get a screwdriver (or something like it) and a hammer and make a slit for change in the top. (Be sure not to do this over a nice floor!)

  • How to make a money bank. Cheap And Easy Decopage Change Jar - Step 10
    Step 10

    When you're done with the hole, slide the screwdriver up and down it to soften out the sides a bit and use some glue to seal the sharp edges of the hole where you can. (Be careful not to cut your fingers!)

  • How to make a money bank. Cheap And Easy Decopage Change Jar - Step 11
    Step 11

    After that, you just wait for the glue to dry, screw the top on the bottle, and you're ready to drop in some laundry money!

  • How to make a money bank. Cheap And Easy Decopage Change Jar - Step 12
    Step 12

    Here's my finished product in action on my messy, messy desk!

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Skylar
Skylar · Tucson, Arizona, US · 4 projects
they make STRAWBERRY FRAPPUCHINOS?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! life is good where you live.
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Rainbow
Rainbow · Atlanta, Georgia, US · 4 projects
Awesome!
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Rae Rae The Jet Plane
Rae Rae The Jet Plane · Los Angeles, California, US · 1 project
Do you add water to the glue or do you use plain glue?
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Ginger Ginger.
Ginger Ginger. · Australia, AU · 16 projects
Thats really cool!
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