How to Make a (Grownup) Piggy Bank

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DIY Project: Hand Lettered Mason Jars

Did you catch the previous post on how to paint and write on mason jars? Well after your responses, we've gone ahead and done another glass and lettering DIY for you.

You probably had a piggy bank growing up. Maybe it was shaped like a horse or a frog- who knows. The point is, most savings banks look a bit childish. That's where this tutorial comes in.

 

Here's what you'll need:

  • Glass carboy or large vintage milk jug (carboys can be purchased from brewing supply stores)
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Oil-Based Sharpie Paint Marker in white
  • Paper towels, newsprint or rags
  • 2-3 dried, long stem roses (optional)
  • All the loose change you can find in the sofa 

Here's how:

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1. Gather supplies and cover your work surface with newsprint. Class jars should be clean and dried. Wipe the surface of your jar with rubbing alcohol to remove fingerprints and smudges.

 
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2. Draft your design. Before you get started drawing on your jug, you may find it helpful to draft your design on paper with a regular sharpie (or whatever type of marker you prefer). Feeling luck? Skip the draft and skip to the next step.

 
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3. Draw your design or quote on your jug using the oil-based paint marker. These markers are great because they only take a few minutes to dry. Which means if you make a mistake it is possible to wipe it clean with Windex.

TIP: If you're having trouble getting the white marker to start writing, shake it a few times and then press the tip several times onto a surface (I find a spare piece of wood works best) until the paint marker starts writing. Or for a temporary design, use chalk markers!

For this project, I made two banks. On each one I wrote a name in all CAPs + the word "savings" in a fun, modern lettering. 

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4. Display your gorgeous, grownup piggy bank however you'd like! I placed mine on a dresser, stacked on some books and added dried flowers. And you're done!

So instead of tossing your pennies on the counter, toss them in a glass carboy customized with your own design. So even though your bank may not take your change, you might as well make it look good on the shelf. 

GOOD LUCK! If you make this project we'd LOVE to see! Leave a picture in the comments or tag pictures with @RaleighCalligraphy

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