You see that (kind of sad) gigantic crayon there? That has been the home of all my loose change for about the last 20 years. It's about two feet tall and, when it was originally purchased, had school supplies in it. In college, it was the pizza/laundry/Raising Cane's fund for my roommates and I. After college, I decided every time it filled up, I would roll the coins and go on an adventure.
Do you know how freaking long it takes to fill up a two foot tall crayon bank? A long time. Especially when I'm not using as much cash as I used so I don't get as much change anymore. I don't have that kind of patience. The base alone holds around $80 of mixed change. And that gets really heavy. So heavy that every time you go to move it from its deep impression in the carpet, the clear cylinder would pop off and spill money everywhere. I'm not saying I'm an expert, but I'm pretty sure "spill money everywhere" is the sort of thing one doesn't want their bank to do.
Did you know that 20 year old plastic becomes a bit more brittle and it actually takes less weight for the cylinder to pop off and spill your money everywhere? And crack? And make you realize that you are an adult and putting your money in a cheap, gigantic plastic crayon is maybe just not the sort of adult you want to be anymore?
Did you know that I also really like to see progress? And a bank that never looks like it's filling up is TERRIBLE at demonstrating progress? Time to make a new Adventure Fund!
Ah! This is much more my style! It evens hint at what I'm saving up for! I bring you: Adventure Fund 2.0!
So how did I get from Giant Plastic Crayon of Disappointment to Elegant Tin of Riches? Much easier than you think!
You will need:
- a tin. You can buy these at Michael's or you can do what I did and use a leftover tin with a lid from something else
- some sort of covering. I went with an antique map print out trimmed down to the size of the tin, but you could collage images, add stickers, etc. Whatever gets you excited about saving!
- paint for all those areas not covered by your map/collage stickers. If you are happy with your tin color, you can skip this.
- Mod Podge to secure all that paper and then seal it for years of handling
- a paintbrush for the paint and another for the Mod Podge
First, I painted the lid of the tin. I didn't feel like the silver really went with the brown and coppery tones of the map I was using. I went with the color Spice Brown. Ooooh! Exotic!
Drying on a cup!
Any other parts of the tin that won't be covered should be painted at this time as well. Keep in mind that painting on metal can be difficult. It is easy to get streaks. I was at peace with a certain amount of streaking, but it still took a couple of coats. If you want full coverage, plan on several coats. Basically, I'm saying if this is a gift for someone, you'll need to factor in drying time.
Next, I applied a small vertical section of Mod Podge and fastened the paper down. I continued to work in sections, smoothing as I went. Expect a few wrinkles no matter how careful you are (the map is great at hiding them). Wet paper puts up with just so much after all. Expect also to have to "muscle" the paper a little bit to get it to line up around the edges of the tin. It's worth the effort, though!
Once the tin is completely covered, let it dry for a while. You don't want to accidentally shift the paper you just spent so much time applying. I thought about adding a paper banner that said something like "Adventure Fund" or "Adventure Awaits" or "Not all who wander are lost", but I thought it looked pretty great just as is. Also, I didn't want to advertise to would-be burglars of my house that I have a tin of money sitting around (minimal though it might be). Unless they read my blog. Then Hi Burglars! Thanks for at least upping my stats before you robbed me! Anyway....
After I let it dry, I added a sealing coat of Mod Podge to help this sophisticated container last for years and years!
Ready for adventure!
If you've needed an upgrade from your current savings container, this highly customized tin could be just your solution! It's easy and inexpensive to make and guaranteed to fit your personal aesthetic for years to come. Let me know in the comments what yours would look like!
And if you'd like to save up for your adventures a bit faster than just with pennies and dimes, check out my savings plan here! Have another suggestion for ways to save for an adventure (or other big expenditure)? Chime in below!
And yes, I had all of these things around so I'm still adhering to Just Stash January!