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Storing All That Pocket Change ~ Creating A Faux Demijohn

http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/I am pretty certain that we are not the only ones that have a big jar or vessel we throw our pocket change in.  Am I right?  
Admittedly, I will try to get rid of every penny I can.  Even when I send one of the kids into the store to pick something up, I always add four pennies so they'll have enough to make change with!  "Use the pennies", I say.  Ridiculous I know, but I do it anyway. Sometimes I try to get rid of a dime's worth of pennies in one stop. "Embarrassing" is what Shawn and the kids say.  I think it's part of my OCD.  I feel I HAVE to use the pennies up! It drives Shawn crazy because he never uses pennies.  He just pulls out a bill to pay and I stop him by saying, "wait, I've got the pennies!".  He pretends not to hear me and so it is, we have lots of loose change...much more than even I can get rid of in one trip.  

Years ago the kids and I had filled a gallon sized jar with coins that they would deposit into their savings accounts.  I used to take Michael and Ethan to a bank at 21st and Utica  that had a train built under the floor which was covered by a shatter-proof glass top so you could watch it go around the track.  The boys loved it.  One such trip to the bank, I put the jar full of change into the back seat, laying it on its side.  Boy, was it heavy!  I made a stop before going to the bank and opened the back door to have the entire jar roll out and shatter all over the pavement.  There must have been thousands of coins in there.  Now, that was embarrassing, just not embarrassing enough for me to leave it there!  I picked up every single penny, nickel, dime and quarter plus the broken glass.  If I remember correctly it totaled over $200 in change!



Shawn sometimes uses this red wine to cook with.  It's available in a large, gallon sized jar.


He washed an empty bottle out and began accumulating change in it.  This was fine with me, except that I thought it was a little ugly having a big wine jar of loose change sitting in our kitchen.

 I decided to make a look alike demijohn.  No way I'm paying $150 for the real deal.  Then there would be no pocket change!

First I began by weaving some hemp around the spout of the bottle.

 I bought this dual handled, French-ey looking basket with a 'Fleurs' tag attached on clearance at Tuesday Morning for a few dollars.  I found a couple of baskets at thrift stores for a quarter that would work to but I liked the metal tag on this one best.  Some of you crafty people could easily make a similar tag and further cut the cost of this project.

I simply placed the bottle full of change inside the basket.
What a quick fix!

I wound up wrapping a little more of the hemp around the bottle and handle and topped it with my little climbing bunny.  The bunny is made to rest on the edge of a potted plant.  I've used these on lamps, vases, etc.  So cute!

This project cost about $6 and the majority of the expense was the basket, which I mentioned you could get one at a thrift shop for next to nothing.  Oh, guess I forgot the cost of the wine...but hey, that's consumable so it doesn't count!

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Comments

  1. wow, what a beautiful and great idea~!! thanks for sharing that. I'll be making one of those.
    I know where to get the wine so its just a case of finding the right basket.

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  2. This looks terrific, Nancy, and at such a savings. Funny, I just finished wrapping a Carlo and Rossi wine jug too, but haven't yet photographed it. It's in a basket, but I like your much better! Cute touch with the addition of the little rabbet on the spout!

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  3. Your demijohn looks fabulous! What a great way to collect coins! I am like you, I use every last penny that I have in my purse, pennies are money!
    Cindy

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  4. Nancy, you are not alone. My husband hates to carry loose change, so I scoop up his coins that he throws into a dish and add them to my coin purse. I'm forever counting out change to pay so I don't end up with more coins. ;-)
    Great idea for your jug. ~ sarah

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  5. Marvelous take on a demijohn...and not a bad way to corral all those pennies! Cherry Kay

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  6. wow, fantastic idea!! very clever!

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  7. Nancy -- how clever!!!! It looks like a demijohn and at such a reasonable price!!!!

    I may copy this!

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  8. Cute, cute, Nancy--I'd like one of these myself. I liked your comment about "no more pocket change" :).

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  9. I came running because I thought it WAS a french demijohn....I wondered how it was faux? Well it certainly did turn out great! And BTW I would've picked up every last penny too...Cuz that's also the way I roll! *winks* Vanna

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  10. Turned out soooo cute! Great idea!

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  11. Hi Vanna,

    I suppose that it is technically a demijohn, I just think of the antiques when I hear the word demijohn. Maybe I should have worded my title differently.

    Thanks for the kind words!

    Nancy

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  12. This was fun. I am amused that your penny habits cause you or your family embarassment. I constantly try to spend the pennies simply because they can accumulate so fast. And they do add up to something. I have my own jar...an old whiskey jar my daughter picked up at a yard sale. It is very heavy and makes a good doorstop!!

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  13. I loved both your story and the project! We are empty-nesters here, but also have some wonderful stories about pennies and pocket change! Your solution for a pretty storage container is very creative... :)

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  14. I love it. Very frenchy, and soooo economical.

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  15. Great idea... it has a French Country Charm to it. The Man also has a huge bottle full of change... now I'll be seeking out a suitable Basket and tag to disguise it! *winks* Thanks for the inspiration to camoflauge perfectly!

    Dawn... The Bohemian

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  16. You can soak the bottle in warm soapy water for a while or put it through the dish washer on a heavy wash with the sanitize option, make sure to pull the label out of the bottom of your appliance when the load is done, and a small application of WD-40 to get off the goo and the glass will be clean. I save many of my jars and glasses and sanitize them for use in my home-made Christmas gifts.

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  17. I think I may just have to make one of these myself. We collect our change too and right now it's in a giant beer bottle bank in my son's room. This definitely would be an improvement!

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  18. Love this idea! Better than an old jar just holding change!~Hugs, Patti

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  19. Great idea! My husband saves all his change too....I have a big Tupperware container on the floor of his closet next to the hamper.....NOT attractive!

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  20. What a neat and thrifty idea...I just might be a kopy kat!!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  21. What a great idea! I love it! It looks great and will be handy, too! ♥

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  22. I love this! Great idea and I'm one for grabbing all the change too. :-) I don't have a Mr here but I do collect. Thanks so much for sharing!

    xo
    Pat

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  23. Your demijohn creation turned out so cute, Nancy...Christine

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  24. Love it! So awesome that you were able to find a basket just the right size for the wine jug!

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  25. Nancy,
    Please feel free to come by and grab my featured button for your blog...yes...I have featured you at COASTAL CHARM!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  26. What a great demi john look! My dad had a huge glass jug he would keep his change in too. When it would get full I would help count and roll the coins- so fun to try and figure out how much money might be in there!

    bee blessed
    mary

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  27. We used to collect coins in a big sort of clear vase. This is much better! Love the little bunny. Thank you for linking up to Open House Party!

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  28. Fantastic idea Nancy! I'm definitely going to be copying this one for sure. Thanks so much for sharing this at Inspiration Friday this week!
    Vanessa

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  29. LOVE this, Nancy! I've done half of a demi-john. lol! But if I ever find the perfect basket, I'll have one too! ;) Thanks so much for sharing!

    Roeshel

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  30. That is a brilliant idea. I love how it looks! It does make a great change jar too. we used to do the same thing. Thanks for linking it to Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  31. Very cute--great makeover. I save all my change too in a thrift shop silver teapot. Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday... hope you'll be back this week.
    Mary

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  32. Nancy, looks better than my penny jar! Joni

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  33. I need to drink more wine! Love it, note to self!
    Debbie

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  34. Hi Debbie,

    Now that's my kind of comment! Haha!

    Nancy

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  35. What a great idea. My husband is a change saver. He puts his in a jar in my drawer and has for years. that's my mad money. LOVE the demi-john lookalike, the basket is wonderful! so glad you linked up to VIF, xo Debra

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  36. I hate to admit i have no idea what a demijohn is but it looks really neat! LOL. I love how this project turned out. I would love to have you share your talents at my VIP today =) http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/09/vip-party-26.html
    Have a wonderful holiday weekend!! XO

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  37. This is very cute....so much better than a giant change jar. Shows that with a little ingenuity...even the most practical thing can become decor.

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  38. Nancy -
    thanks for your kind words of late in my sad times. I featured your demijohn today on Mod Mix Monday.

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  39. Thank you Nita! So good to hear from you and see you posting again.

    Hugs,

    Nancy

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  40. What a cool sounding bank. Wish the one my husband works for had a floor like that with a surprise under it. Love the homemade demijohn.

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  41. We have 2 huge jugs upstairs. One is for pennies and one is for everything else. Neither one of us pay with change , only bills. In the beginning of Dec. , we then wrap all of the change we accumulated thru out the year and use it for Christmas gifts. We usually cash in between $300 - $400 in change!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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