The Anniversary Jar | A DIY and Marriage Hack
Written by Lindsay Ropella
The Anniversary Jar is something Eric and I implemented very early on in that first year of our marriage. Celebrating anniversaries is important to us, and often times we use them as an opportunity to do a little getaway instead of exchanging gifts. For example, this July we will celebrate our third anniversary, and we are planning on scheduling a big vacation to a sunny destination at the end of the summer to celebrate our anniversary and our debt being paid off.
So, what is an anniversary jar, you ask? Well, it’s quite simple really. At the surface, it’s a place to collect loose change. At its core however, it’s so much more. How it works is every time we go out to eat, or return home from a shopping trip, or pay the pizza guy, we dump all of the loose change into the anniversary jar. It’s typically just a bunch of nickels and dimes, but every once in a while I think Eric throws a couple dollars in there. It definitely surprises you how much loose change you come across every month, and how quickly it adds up.
However, what makes this an “anniversary jar” is that you save up your loose change for an entire year, and then for your next anniversary you take all that loose change and put it towards a fun anniversary date. Some years this may be all you have to spend on your anniversary, and you go out for a really nice dinner and a show or a night away. Some years you may decide to add to what you have in your anniversary jar and do something a little bigger. Either way, it’s fun to have a good chunk of money ready to go for your anniversary that you didn’t even really miss.
Confession: our “anniversary jar” for a long time was really just an envelope tucked away in Eric’s sock drawer. But a few months ago I decided that something so special deserved a place of honor; hence, the DIY anniversary jar was born.
To make an anniversary jar, you will want to find a 1-gallon mason jar. You can certainly make one using a smaller jar, but it will most likely fill up very quickly.
Next you will want to decide what kind of pattern you want on your jar. Doing something with stripes is obviously the easiest, but you can get fancier with it as well. If you want your jar to be two-toned, you will want to spray paint the entire jar first before marking off areas with painter’s tape (and make sure you wait 24 hours after spraying it to apply the tape). I however wanted to be able to still see into the jar, so I started by marking off with tape which areas of the jar I wanted to remain free from spray paint.
Next, you will want to choose a color of spray paint for your anniversary jar. Think about where it will be located, and pick a color to match. I went ahead with a metallic silver, as it matches both our bedroom and our kitchen — the two places we are most likely to keep our anniversary jar.
Make sure to spray outside on a day when it’s between 40 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Any warmer or cooler than that and you will have issues getting the paint to dry.
Wait a few hours and then bring the jar back inside once it is dry to the touch. I always like to let my projects sit in the laundry room for 24 hours before pulling the tape off. For some reason the paint never seems to fully dry outside, so letting the paint completely dry inside really seems to make a difference in how well the tape comes off and how sharp my lines look.
Once you’ve let your jar dry inside for 24 hours, rip off the tape and voila — a beautiful anniversary jar!
One positive outcome of this jar that I wasn’t expecting is that every time you pass by it and see those coins slightly increasing each week, it reminds you that both you and your husband are constantly thinking about your marriage and making it a priority in your lives.
Not a bad reminder, yeah?
So tell me — how do you save up for and celebrate anniversaries in your house? Do you do anything similar to this? Let me know in the comments below!