Making a Piggy Bank out of a Mason Jar


No matter what we always seem to have change lying around and we’re always looking for places to put it.  Now, with kids that would be super easy, you give it to them in their piggy bank!  Both boys have their piggy bank, and the money that goes in there gets split up to savings, sharing, and spending.  We don’t do charity with the boys money; they share their money.  In other words, Thaddeus gives some of his money with Xavier.  At least, that’s how it initially started so that Xavier could build up some money.  Now you can make a mason jar piggy bank for yourself or your children.

Now that Xavier is old enough to start learning the sharing thing, we’ll have to come up with another “sharing” type thing for them since it wouldn’t make much sense for them to share their money with each other.  Maybe we’ll do a “share” for them to put part of their money together to buy something they both can use!  We’ll have to figure that part out later.  But in the meantime, we know where that money will go.  Into a mason jar piggy bank!

Making a mason jar piggy bank is super easy to make.

Making a Piggy Bank-out of a Mason JarMason Jar Piggy Bank

What you need

  • Mason Jar
  • Paints or other things to decorate the jar if you wish
  • Rotary tool to cut the slit into the lid


  1. Mark the spot where you want to make the slit to the top and then use a rotary tool to cut the slot.  It’s easiest to use a rotary tool, however, if you don’t have one you can use a screwdriver and a hammer.  Just be careful if you are doing it like this because it will leave some nasty sharp edges.  You can also put a thick piece of construction paper or cardboard in place of the little lid, just cut it to the same dimensions as the mason jar lid.Making a Piggy Bank-out of a Mason Jar
  2. Decorate the mason jar to your liking.  You can go to and search for all kinds of ways to decorate a mason jar.  I just left it plain for the time being.
  3. Screw the lid on; you can seal it shut if you’d like so you are not tempted to open it and get money out.
  4. Start adding your spare change!

It’s a very simple DIY project and only takes a few minutes at most to complete if you aren’t decorating it.

You may also like this other mason jar craft that’s great for kids.

Making snow globes from mason jars is an easy DIY project that you can do with your children or even have them make on their own.


  1. Dawn Pruitt

    January 16, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I have one of these jars now, no decorations either 🙂 but I need to cut me one of those slots out! Thanks for sharing! Pinned and Tweeted!


    • Shawn Ann Griffith

      January 16, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      I thought about decorating it, but I wasn’t sure how I wanted to do it and I figured for my first one I’d leave it basic. Let me know when you do one, I’d love to see how it turns out.


  2. Jamie

    January 16, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Love this – would be perfect of all of the change I find in the wash!! Pinned & Tweeted!
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    • Shawn Ann Griffith

      January 16, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      I actually have this one on my desk now, figured I’d use it for the change I find in the bottom of my purse and when it gets full I can go shopping for myself!


  3. Rose Powell

    January 16, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Well I’m love with mason jars, and there are quite a few sitting in my cupboard right now as we speak. Great idea! Thanks for sharing !
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  4. Ellen Christian

    January 16, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    This is a great idea and I love that it is see through so you can watch your progress.
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    • Shawn Ann Griffith

      January 16, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      It is neat to see the progress but at the same time it makes it easier to dig in and use the money if you notice you have a good amount. I plan to do another one and decorating it so you can’t tell how much is in there and to kind of disguise it.


  5. Mag

    January 20, 2014 at 12:55 am

    I have a penny program for the kids. If they are doing something good, I and my hubby would give the kids some pennies. Once they reach a certain level, they can get some money to spend. The kids just earn their first “money” and the stuff they have chosen are on the way. I use 2 glass bottles with a cap but yours is handy and upcycled, love the idea!
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  6. Amanda Tucker

    January 20, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Cool idea! I’d love to see what it looks like after you’ve decorated since I’ve never worked with mason jars. I’ll keep my eyes open so I can see if you post it 🙂


  7. Janet W.

    February 9, 2014 at 9:36 am

    I’ll have to do this for my grandsons to use to save their money in! What a neat idea!


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