Introduction: Jam Jar Piggy Bank

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This piggy bank is meant to look like a real strawberry jam jar so that you can hide your money in plain site. It's perfect for when you need a little extra cash in a 'jam'!

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

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You will need:

  • jar with a lid
  • red tissue paper
  • cardboard
  • Mod Podge or another glue that will dry clear
  • fabric
  • rotary tool
  • scissors
  • paintbrush

Step 2: Make Your 'Seeds'

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Cut your cardboard into tiny pieces to resemble strawberry seeds.

Coat the inside of your jar with a small amount of glue and sprinkle on some of the seeds.

Dry the glue with a hairdryer or let it air dry.

Step 3: Make Your 'Jam'

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Add a few tablespoons of glue into a container. Rip the red tissue paper into small pieces and add them to the glue. Mix the tissue and glue until it becomes a purple paste. The glue mixture will dry red, not purple.

Apply this mixture onto the inside of your jar, one thin layer at a time. Make sure the layers are dry between applications. You can use a hairdryer to speed up the drying time. I applied 6 layers.

After your final layer is dried, apply a thin layer of plain glue over it and cover with red tissue paper. This will cover up any spots that you might have missed, and will prevent the inside of the jar from being tacky from the glue.

Step 4: Make Your Coin Slot

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Using a rotary tool, cut out a slot in the lid of your jar big enough to fit coins and bills.

Glue a piece of fabric onto the lid. Use a knife to cut a line over the slot.

Step 5: Done!

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Sunyta (author)2015-06-25

Thank you for this beautiful idea! I made it! :)

starforest (author)2015-01-25

I thought the jam was real. Nice job.

smori (author)starforest2015-05-10


Ladyfish500 (author)2015-01-08

That's an awesome looking piggy bank and I should know I have like 11 of them


smori (author)Ladyfish5002015-01-08

Thank you!

Ladyfish500 (author)smori2015-01-10

your vary welcome XD

Mr AbAk (author)2015-01-08

Nice Green Idea!!

smori (author)Mr AbAk2015-01-08


Oh my gosh, that jam looks so convincing! I thought it was real! I love it!

Thank you! I'm really happy with how realistic it turned out.

I thought you had actual jam in there somehow!

Mielameri (author)2015-01-06

Looks amazing! And cute. And makes me want some strawberry jam lol

Ladyfish500 (author)Mielameri2015-01-08

yeah I want some strawberry jam... Oh wait I think I have some in the frige XD

smori (author)Mielameri2015-01-07

Thank you! :)

sumokat (author)2015-01-06

It looks so jammy!!!! Great job!

smori (author)sumokat2015-01-07

Thank you!

The Good Old Days (author)2015-01-06

Oh Canada lol, great work

smori (author)The Good Old Days2015-01-07

Thanks! Good eye.

ladykila (author)2015-01-06

I thought it was real jam too! However to keep it safer I would eliminate the hole and glue the top of the fabric to the top of the can. Then unscrew the can to add your money when needed. It also might help to have another jar of jelly like it with a different flavor with real jelly in it half full in your fridge. LOL

smori (author)ladykila2015-01-07

I thought about unscrewing the lid to add money, but I'm too lazy for that! I don't think the slit in the fabric is very noticeable, but it would be safer to not have it. I like your idea of having a real jam jar like this one in the fridge too

mbackman66 (author)2015-01-06

This is great! ... unless the thief is also looking for a snack.

smori (author)mbackman662015-01-07


gthomas18 (author)2015-01-06

Super creative!!

smori (author)gthomas182015-01-07


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