When it comes to transforming a plain mason jar into a useful home accessory, the sky’s the limit! You can turn that empty jar into a votive holder, a light for your patio and even a hand soap dispenser thanks to the accessories available at most grocery stores. One accessory that’s especially fun from the Fresh Preserving Store is a slotted cap insert that can double as an impromptu bank for those looking to start saving some allowance.
If your child is hungry to start earning some money for a rainy day, have them create a mason jar bank that resembles one of the hungriest characters we know: Cookie Monster. This small bank pays homage to the beloved Sesame Street character while keeping your child’s money safe and sound.
- 1 mason jar, regular mouth
- 1 slotted cap insert with matching ring
- Glass paint, blue
- Black and white cardstock
- Circle paper punches – 3/4″ and 1/2″
- Glue Dots
When gathering supplies to get started with this project, make sure you’re selecting a paint that’s OK to be applied on glass. Most craft stores will have these bottles grouped together in the paint aisle.
For the base of the bank, paint the outside of your jar with the blue glass paint. There’s no need to paint the threaded top of the jar as that will be covered with the metal ring. Let the jar dry.
Apply a second coat of paint to the jar and paint the top of the slotted insert and the outside of the metal ring. Let all three pieces dry thoroughly.
Once all of the jar pieces are dry, place the slotted insert on top of the jar. Screw the metal ring into place.
To create Cookie Monster’s face for the bank, punch two 3/4″ circles from the white cardstock and two 1/2″ circles from the black card stock.
Attach the black circle to the white circle with a Glue Dot.
Attach Cookie’s eyes to the top of the slotted insert with Glue Dots. With the eyes in place, it’s a good guess that Cookie Monster is probably hungry for a penny or two!