We have not been on a vacation in at least 10 years…(insert death march music here). I can’t believe it! My kids were little toddlers and preschoolers the last time we went on a real vacation. My body and soul is literally crying for the beach.
The sound of the waves crashing on the beach and the cry of the seagulls overhead. The smell of the salt water and heat of the sand between my toes…..(insert dreamy music here). Enough! Time to make a plan!
We are broke, so how in the world are we going to afford a week long vacation? First we are going to save every penny we can. Emily and I made a vacation fund jar. I thought that would encourage everyone to donate their change and any extra money.
Please note: Pics aren’t great. I’m having to borrow a camera as mine has died. And we had a little trouble with the big sticker, but it turned out really pretty. Trust me! This picture doesn’t do it justice
1 non decorated mason jar from Hobby Lobby
1 mixture of mod podge or your own 50/50 glue to water mixture
1 paint brush
drop cloth/plastic table cloth
beach stickers and scrapbook paper with a beach theme: one sand and one ocean waves
Cover your work area, this gets messy. Mix your Mod Podge or glue mixture. We cut the sandy paper into strips to make it easier to get inside the jar and layered them over one another inside the jar. Using your paintbrush, cover the printed side of the sandy paper with your glue mixture and stick it on the inside of the jar with the printed side facing out and put another layer of glue on the plain side of the paper. Press paper against glass with your paintbrush gently trying to remove as many air bubbles as you can. Paper can tear since it’s wet so be gentle. Keep layering until the inside of the jar is covered to your liking. Cover all of the inside with another layer of glue mixture.
On the outside of the jar we put the waves, clouds and stickers. I cut out the waves from the scrapbook paper and used the rest of the paper to make the clouds. Cover the plain side of the paper with the glue mixture and place on the jar. Then cover the pretty side with glue mixture and make sure to press it gently to the jar and remove air bubbles.
You may have to cover jar with a couple of coats of the glue mixture to make sure it stays put. When it’s dry, add the stickers. Emily also decorated the lid of the jar so it even looks pretty on top! You could cut a slit in the top if you wanted.
Now all we have to do is save….any maybe have a yard sale!
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