Wednesday, July 11, 2012
DIY Dream Jars
Originally I saw a really cute dream bank that my former sister-in-law had pinned for us. We had planned on going to France together someday and it was a bank themed around that. Basically it was a shadow box with a picture of France inside. It was a nice visual to remind you of exactly what you're saving for *every time* you pop a penny in.
You can see a picture of that with a link below to purchase.
Then when I was searching Etsy for the first dream bank I had seen (yeah... it's not on Etsy), these little painted pigs were the only ones that came up. I thought they were cute, too, so I used that for my dream bank example again when writing last week's series about Living on Less.
While they *are* cute, it seems like I'm talking out of both sides of my mouth when writing a series about saving money and then advertising a $39 piggy bank.
Soo... let's talk about how to make them yourself.
1) The shadow box. (purchase here Shadow Box version) This is easily made. I saw these shadow boxes in the unfinished wood section at Michael's for $10. You can buy one with a coupon (for half off!), paint it however you like and stick in a picture of whatever your dream is that you're saving for (lessons, vacation, instrument ... whatever). Use a little saw to make a slit in the top to deposit money- though I feel like the ones at Michael's already had a slit.
(3) Jars. Are you really serious about saving every little penny? Then just use the nail polish or whatever paint you have at home to decorate an old jam/peanut butter/pickle/whatever jar. Done. Easy. Get that dream, baby.
Start saving! Change, dollars, whatever you throw in will add up fast. Before you know it, you will be enjoying your dream. Ours really is for going to Europe. One of my dearest, oldest friends is getting married in Poland this fall and to miss it would be a shame. She is one of the most virtuous and lovely women I have even known and I miss her. We'd like to go and visit my friends in Germany and Austria as well. I haven't been back since we got married- so John and I have never gone together, I did go twice while we were dating but not since. Two of my good friends from abroad came to our wedding, so John got to meet them, but it will be an incredible experience for him to meet my German family + see my "home town" and just to live it all together. Very excited.
But before you break into my home looking for my dream stash (jerk.), just know that we're making regular deposits into a saving account. So there isn't much and it isn't work your time. ;) All the best and good luck saving! As always, thanks for reading!