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DIY Money Box

I love crafts that I can do along side my kids and this DIY money box was a great craft that we could all enjoy. After all, why should the kids get to do all the fun stuff! With the start of a new year I’m always keen to make sure that as a family we all try and be a bit more financially savvy, whether it’s with me making sure that I save enough for the school holidays or making sure that the kids know that toys and sweets don’t just magically appear when you ask for them. These DIY money boxes are a great way to have fun crafting together while also having a sneaky little chat about money! I’m also sharing 6 of my favourite DIY money box ideas today so make sure you check those out at the end of the post too!

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You will need:

Glass Jar (Jam jar etc)


Old magazines and comics

Mod Podge

Paint brush


Making your DIY Money Box

Begin by removing the label from your glass jar. You can of course buy plain jam jars but I like to upcycle things where I can and it’s always helpful to be able to raid the recycling where you can! Cut a piece of paper from your magazine the correct width to fit around your jar. I used Coast magazine to get a nice picture that reminded me of holidays while just as predictably my kids went for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Paw Patrol.

how to make a diy money box

Rather than glue onto the piece of paper (which can rip quite easily) we found it was much better to paint the mod podge onto the jar and then carefully place your picture on top. Once you’ve done this paint a second layer of mod podge on top of the picture. It looks white and oh my word mod podge smells (it’s known as ‘mummy’s smelly glue’ here) but it will dry clear and it’s a lot more durable than just using pva which is likely to peal off. If you want to put words on your money box cut these out and then put them onto your jar and then put another layer of mond podge on top to seal it.

diy money box tutorial

If you have a crafts knife like this one and a thin lid then you can cut out a hole in the top to put your money in, but we were all quite happy to just use a screw lid. Want more DIY money box ideas? Make sure you check out the posts below!

diy money box

More DIY Money Box Ideas

DIY money box ideas

Minecraft money box from Red Ted Art

Adventure Time money box from Red Ted Art

A simple kid made tutorial from Nurturestore

Free printable money box template from Craftulate

Superhero money boxes from Fireflies and Mudpies

The tutorial above – Paw Patrol Money Box by my daughter!

Minion Money Box from Crafts on Sea


  1. 4th January 2017 / 11:01 pm

    WE made monster money boxes in our craft hour a couple of years ago and then had a treasure hunt to find coopers to go inside them in the fairy gardens. Seeing all the lovely ideas for money boxes here I must schedule it in again for this season.

  2. 5th January 2017 / 8:07 am

    These are a fun project – I especially like the kids ones with Batman on it!!

  3. 5th January 2017 / 8:13 pm

    Oh I love those superhero ones! I need to make one of those for my little Bugs!

  4. 8th January 2017 / 3:49 pm

    I love the minion one – lots of fun 🙂

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