I have been in love with mason jars for years and usually use them for food storage.  They come in all sizes from 8oz half pint to 64 oz. half gallon, making them very versatile. Goodwill is the perfect place to find mason jars of all sizes and can usually be found in the housewares section. 

About 6 months before COVID-19, I came across a jumbo size Bell mason jar. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to store in the jar, but for $3, it was mine. I then brought it home and it sat in my apartment for weeks before I gave any thought to its purpose.

When I was younger, my grandmother would collect loose change and give it to me for parking meters since I lived in a major city. I kept the change in an old jar in my bedroom. She passed away 5 years ago, but somehow the jar never went empty. It gave me the feeling that she has still provided for me over years. During quarantine, I evaluated every random item in my place, which included my giant jar. I figured out that I would use it as my piggy bank. However, it was too boring and wanted to make it my own and fancy! 

I immediately went to Pinterest to find ideas and came across a paint drip idea. The process seemed very easy and abstract, just as I would like it. During quarantine, I visited Walmart and all paints were sold out. I guess everyone was busy creating dope things. Fast forward to a few weeks ago. I found a cool gold glitter paint from Target and thought it would go well in my space.

This past morning, I gathered my supplies and began.

  • I used an aluminum pan, wooden sticks, plastic cups and acrylic paints for this DIY.
  • I poured some paint in a cup and added a few drops of water to loosen the paint.
  • It was poured into the bottom of the jar and I swirled it around and flipped it over.
  • I used the wooden sticks to rest the jar on the pan for it to drip out.

The outcome was cool, but still didn’t pop. I even asked my mom and she said it was boring!

  • I rushed out to the dollar store and found neon paint for $1 each.
  • I mixed and added shades of hot pink, cobalt blue and neon orange.
  • During my Zoom work call, I looked out to the jar and was amazed. The original gold paint used seemed to drip out and the bright colors were left.

I am loving the results of my jar! It was so much fun to try something new and I feel accomplished! I can’t wait to display my piggy bank!