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DIY Disney Travel Savings Jar

This fun DIY Disney Travel Savings Jar is ideal for anyone who has ever priced a Disney vacation.  Everyone knows that it is not an inexpensive destination.  For most families, a trip to the Magic Kingdom requires a bit of planning and saving. And while it’s great for mom and dad to sock a bit of money away, I tend to think children benefit from contributing to the travel fund as well.

This DIY Disney Travel Savings Jar is a great way to get the whole family on board for saving money to go on a fun-filled Disney vacation!

One way to encourage your children to save their pennies and get excited by saving for a Disney vacation is to designate a vacation jar where they can save extra money and literally watch their savings grow. I made a general travel jar with my kids years ago but I’m planning a trip to Disney World with my daughter and I thought it would be fun to have a special Disney travel jar specifically to use for our Disney fund.

In less than an hour, we turned an empty pickle jar into a Disney Travel Jar. It’s super easy to make, and pretty inexpensive!

DIY Disney Travel Savings Jar

What you need:

A clean glass jar
Black Fabric
Red Duck Tape
Red Scrapbook or Construction Paper- I used red & white polka dot paper, but you could use these Disney-themed scrapbook pages too.
Tacky Glue
Black Self Adhesive Jewels
Matte Mod Podge
Jewel-It Tacky Glue
A Foam Brush

Cut circles out of scrapbook paper or construction paper.  Using a template like this is the ideal way to make your Disney travel jar perfect.  No sloppy circles here!

Cutting Circles for Disney Travel Jar

Draw a Mickey or Minnie design on your jar with a Sharpie. You can easily make your own pattern by using a larger circle for the head with two smaller circles for the ears.

Draw a Mickey or Minnie head on the Jar

Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to your Disney travel jar (I use Matte Mod Podge, but you can use glossy if you want more shine) using a foam brush.

Apply Mod Podge to the Travel Jar

Stick the paper circles on the jar and apply a thin layer of Mod Podge over the paper and smooth.

Stick the paper circles on the jar and apply a thin layer of Mod Podge over the paper and smooth.
Apply a layer of Jewel-It Tacky Glue to the character outline and begin to stick the black jewels to the outline.

Applying jewels to travel jar

Next, cut a piece of black cloth for the lid. You can cut a square of fabric, or cut a circle slightly larger than your lid. To hold it in place I applied a thin layer of Tacky Glue to the lid.

Making a lid cover for the Disney Travel Jar

I then created a bow out of duct tape to go on the top of the lid for our Disney travel savings jar.

Measure a strip of duct tape to encircle the lid. Fold the duct tape over in thirds to create a ribbon. Glue it along the front of the lid and tape it in place.

Duct Tape Ribbon around the top of the jar

Create the bow by taking a 5 inch strip of duct tape (you may need more or less, depending on the size of your jar) and folding it over. Scrunch the bow in the middle and secure a strip of tape to hold it in place. Tape the bow to the duct tape ribbon.

Make a bow out of duct tape for a Disney Travel Jar

Create a mini-bow for the character on the front of the jar.

Attaching a bow to the lid of the Disney Travel Jar

Set aside your Disney travel savings jar and allow to dry.

Set the Disney Travel Jar aside to dry

When your jar is dry, display it proudly and encourage your kids to save those quarters! And enjoy that Disney vacation!  Making this super easy Disney travel savings jar is a great way to get everyone in the family on board with saving money for a great holiday at Disney.

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Monday 28th of March 2016

We are planning a Disney trip for next summer. This is a great idea. Thanks!


Tuesday 29th of March 2016

Thanks Kim! Those pennies (or quarters) really add up!


Monday 28th of March 2016

Great timing! We just booked a last-minute Disney trip, and this would be a great way to involve my girls in the planning and give them a limit to their souvenir spending. :) I'm checking out your other Disney posts now. Lots of useful info. Thanks!


Tuesday 29th of March 2016

Disney is so much fun! You'll have a great time. Let me know if you have any questions!

debra p

Monday 7th of April 2014

This is super cute and very creative. I know friends who would just love this as a gift!


Sunday 6th of April 2014

I love upcycling! This is a great one. Love Disney trips!


Sunday 6th of April 2014

That is so cute! What a great idea as a 'goodie jar' for a birthday party, too! Protection Status
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