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Vintage Chalkboard Bank

By: Rita Schwabb for Diamond Tech

Save up for a trip, a car, or just a rainy day with this Vintage Chalkboard Bank.  Since the bank has an erasable chalkboard front, you can easily motivate yourself to keep saving by writing down what you'd like to do with your earnings!  This is a great gift idea for teens and kids.  Have them write down what it is they'd like and teach them the benefit of saving by helping them collect spare change into their bank.  Adults could use this bank to also save for babies, weddings, and family vacations.

Vintage Bank

Materials:

  • 1 Original KraftyBlok™ (7.5 x 7.50)
  • Large KraftyBlok™ Stand
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Masking Tape
  • Decorative Wood Molding
  • Wood Trim
  • White All-Purpose Paint
  • Sandpaper
  • E-6000® Glue
  • Chalk and Chalkboard Eraser

 

Instructions:

  1. Remove the labels from the KraftyBlok™ and clean all surfaces of the glass; dry thoroughly.
     
  2. Cover a work surface with newspaper. Place the KraftyBlok™ on a work surface with the 7.50" x 7.50" side facing up.
     
  3. Use masking tape and mask off a 7" x 7" area on the surface of the block.
     
  4. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, spray chalkboard paint and fill in the masked area.
     
  5. Allow to dry following manufacturer’s instructions.
     
  6. While paint is drying, use a saw and cut the wood trim into four 7.25" lengths. Miter the ends of each piece to a 45º angles (a miter box makes this process easy).
     
  7. Place each pieces along with the decorative trim and KraftyBlok™ stand on newspaper and spray paint each white. Allow to dry.
     
  8. When completely dry use a piece of sandpaper and lightly sand away some of the paint to give the pieces a worn look.
     
  9. Use a damp paper towel and remove all sanding residue from the wood pieces.
     
  10. Remove the masking tape from the KraftyBlok™. Place the wood molding around the perimeter of the block, fitting the pieces together to form a frame. Once positioned, glue the trim to the surface of the KraftyBlok™. Allow glue to dry.
     
  11. Place the decorative trim at the top of the KraftyBlok™, insuring the opening of the block is facing up and glue into place.
     
  12. Remove the stopper from the KraftyBlok™, using a craft knife cut a rectangle into the top for inserting coins and return stopper to KraftyBlok™.
     
  13. Place the KraftyBlok™ Chalkboard into the stand and use chalk to write your savings goals on the front of your block. When goals change simply erase and write new ones on the banks surface.
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