My husband and I have been on a defined/specific budget for years but craft supplies weren’t in it and I haven’t added them since I started crafting again. We give ourselves money for lunches and what not each week so I have just been putting what I don’t spend aside for craft supplies. I wanted a place besides my wallet to keep it so I decided to make a bank. I saw one on Facebook or somewhere made out of a shadow box and liked the idea so I went to Michaels and bought a small shadow box that was sturdy and the back could be easily removed over and over again without too much wear and tear.
I sent the shadow box home with Mom a while back to have Dad put a slot for money in the top. (Why buy tools of your own when Dad is a retired carpenter and already owns and knows how to use them?) He used a router to make the slot, the wood is very thick and you could not do it with a craft knife, which is all I have but you could probably cut a slot in the backing with a craft knife and a great deal of care. When they came back to visit it also had a dollar and a Costco cash card. THANKS DAD!
I chose to use Cricut vinyl in Ocean and put it on the outside of the glass. It can be scraped off at some point and something else put on if I change my mind. I added a piece of Ninah Solar White card stock to the back and done! This was a very easy project and I encourage anyone learning to use the Cricut to give it a try. These are all Cricut images but they may not be free or part of Cricut Access. There is another option in the file that I might use on something else. The hardest part was getting lint and fingerprints off the glass. I need to get some lint free cloths or fabric.
- 5X7 inch Shadow Box – Studio Decor from Michaels – you can use any size, just make sure to resize the Cricut image before cutting.
- Cricut Vinyl – Ocean
- Transfer Tape – Paper transfer tape from Expressions Vinyl is what I prefer
- Window cleaner and cloth – I used paper towel, don’t do that.
- A Dad who really loves you and will cut the slot and put a dollar and a cash card in the box for you “just to test it out” – Did I just call my Dad a tool? Shame on me.
- Cricut Scraper
- Cricut weeding tool