So I decided that I’m going to revamp my blog a little bit and turn it into a “Crafty Weight Loss Blog”. That’s going to be my niche! I’m also going to follow a little bit of a blog schedule! So for your reading enjoyment and crafty adventures…I’d like to introduce you to (drum roll please):
This is my very first tutorial so bare with me if it’s too wordy or too many pictures etc!
I decided to make a cute bank for my nephew who is graduating from high school. Am I the only person that thinks it is impossible to craft for a guy?!? I wanted to give him something simple, yet practical. And this was born! My graduation cap transforming bank!
One empty and thoroughly cleaned formula can (or something similar)
Black contact paper (if you want to make it into a chalkboard label bank like I did).
Cash (in smaller bills to tape together)
Exacto Knife (don’t mess with the blade…it’s sharp…trust me)
Ribbon to match the graduates school colors
Hot glue gun
Button to match your ribbon
Step one: Remove your label from your can and clean it out.
Step two: Line up your cash with the center of the lid to figure out how big to cut your slot.
Step three: Make sure your cash fits through the slot easily!
Step four: Measure your lid. Mine was approximately 3 inches so I added two inches to make sure the hat over lapped the edges of the lid nicely.
Step five: Lay your lid in the middle of your cardstock square (I cut mine 5×5), press down on the lid and cardstock to make sure nothing slides and make a slit right down the middle.
Step six: Cut the top and the bottom but DO NOT CUT THE SIDES!
Step seven: since I wanted the cap to be easily removed without leaving a residue on the lid, I just folded the sides back (note the arrows) and used scotch tape to keep them in place. It worked great!
This is what the top should look like now.
Step eight: Cut a strip of contact paper that will fit around your can and apply it carefully. You can also just use black cardstock if you don’t have any black contact paper. I had some leftover from a previous project that I will post tomorrow! If you go with the cardstock route just make sure that you add adhesive here and there as you work your way around so that it doesn’t slip!
Your cute little cap bank! You could leave it as is if you’d like! OR…
You can add money! Who doesn’t like money! To get more bang for my buck I decided to just use one dollar bills.
Step nine: Tape your bills together on both sides.
Step ten: Roll them all up once you’re done taping. But leave the top one unrolled a little.
Step eleven: Take your dollar and slide it through the opening in the top and let the rest of the roll sit in the formula can. Put the lid on the can.
Step twelve: make your tassel! I’m sure there’s an easier way to do this but I just cut strips in my ribbon and took a lighter to it. If somebody knows the easier way. Please let me know!
Step thirteen: tape your tassel to the dollar that is sticking out the top of your jar and push the dollar back in so just your tassel is sticking out. Glue a matching button to your ribbon.
Step fourteen: Admire the cuteness that is your awesome gift!
And if you’re like me and can’t leave good enough alone…whip out your chalkboard markers and add a cute message to the graduate!
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Please remember that all of my tutorials and printables are for personal use only. This post was seen first at, and written by Cox’s Corner
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