Some of you are probably totally not interested now, and that’s totally cool; food is freaking delicious.
But. We are planning our next Disney vacation, and it’s gonna be a doozy, so I needed a Disney Vacation Fund jar.
Here’s the lowdown on my history with Disney:
I’ve always been a fan of Disney films. Cartoons, live action, whatevs. I was never really interested in visiting Disney World, though.
Then, in 2009, I learned that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter would be opening in 2010, which coincided with my 30th birthday, as well as our move….which was going to go right through the great state of Florida. Serendipity.
For my 30th birthday, we planned a trip to Orlando, and since we would be there anyway, why not hit up Walt Disney World, too?
And an obsession was born.
Okay, now, how it’s done.
For starters, how big do you want it? This is directly proportional to the number of trips you’ll be taking to the bank to cash in and deposit your change. Also, it plays a part on how quickly you can fill the jar.
For us, I decided on a rather large jar. Being a military family, our bank is in another state. All of our trips to cash the change in will be more convoluted with changing it in and using it for groceries or bills or whatever, and then taking money from those budgets to go into our Disney savings account. Less is more, in this case.
If you have little ones, though, then I think a smaller jar is so much more fun. They get to see the jar filling up quickly, with lots of trips to cash in and deposit. It’ll be much more gratifying and participatory than one or to trips.
Now, glass or plastic? We are good with glass, since we have no little ones, but if you have small kids, you probably want to go with shatter proof.
Next, do you want it to be lidded? I’m a lidded girl, myself. There will be no hands dipping into the jar, and no accidental spillings. Easy peasy.
Lastly, you need to decided if you’re happy with a lift off lid, or if you want something slightly more permanent. I wanted lid that could have a coin slot, so I bought a large Bell jar with a metal, screw-on lid, and the Hubster chopped a little slot in the top.
Obviously, it was an ugly lid and needed improvement. I cut and glued pretty paper to the top of the jar, pressing it down firmly to mold to the shape. After trimming the paper to match the coin slot, I added fun Disney-themed stickers on each side, for a little more pizzazz and inspiration to save.
I contemplated how best to cover my jar, and settled on paper. I thought about paint, but I wanted a clean, flat surface to add embellishments to, so I used the paper instead.
I cut a sheet of yellow scrapbook paper down to height. I knew I didn’t want it to go as high as the threading for the lid, so I cut it to just below where the lid sits. Then, I cut strips in the top to allow me to fold it in at the top, and follow the curves.
Now for embellishments!!
The majority of my decorations are store bought stickers, but printing out your own pieces and stickers would be fun and easy, too. In fact, if our printer hadn’t been lost in our latest move, then I would have done just that.
First of all, I wanted a 3D Mickey sticker, and I couldn’t find one I liked. I went to Michaels, and they had lots to choose from, but I very much wanted classic Mickey, and classic Mickey colors. They didn’t have anything that was all of the above (3D, classic Mickey, classic Mickey colors), so I decided to make my own.
I bought a book of Disney stickers that, admittedly, had tons of stickers I didn’t need but it also had that cute on in that picture up there, so I got it. Worth it.
Now, the first thing I did for my sticker was to place Mickey and additional elements onto card stock. I went with a pearlescent white paper that allowed Mickey to pop.
Then, all I did was use foam tape to place Mickey and the other decor onto another card stock (this time yellow and white polka dots to match the lid). Again, I cut around the edges smoothly, then I finished the sticker up by using more foam tape to place the sticker onto one more layer of card stock, which was glittery red this time.
In additonal to my homemade sticker, I found an excellent embroidered ‘Disney’ sticker that perfectly matched my color scheme, and super fun glittery foam stickers for ‘fund’.
To give the jar a finished look, I glued some fun black and white polka dot ribbon around the base. I was worried about overdoing it, but it really gave the jar a complete, polished look.
I found both these flower items on clearance at my local Michaels, and decided to use a sticker from my embroidered set, as well.
Then, all I did was wrap a little red tulle around the jar with some black sheer ribbon, tie a big, fun bow, and glue my fun flower into the center.