Kids of all ages can build their own piggy bank to show off artistic flair and start saving money. All you need are a few household items, basic craft supplies, and a little creativity to create these cute piggies.
Simple Square Mini Piglet Bank
Penny collectors and younger kids looking for a simple craft project can make this modern mini piggy bank in about ten minutes. You won't be able to store much in this bank, but the lid lifts right off making it easy to store folded up dollar bills or a bit of loose change. Make yours unique by using a larger box or giving the pig a wild color.
- 1 small cardboard jewelry box with lid
- Pink and black permanent markers
- 2 heart-shaped adhesive back foam stickers
- 4 pink and white craft pom poms
- Craft knife or box cutter
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Color the entire outside of the box and lid pink.
2. Cut a small rectangle in the center of the top of the box lid.
3. Turn the box bottom upside-down.
4. Glue one pom pom in each corner of the bottom of the box.
5. Choose one short end of the box as the front. With the lid on, draw two eyes near the center of the lid edge and two nostrils below on the bottom of the box.
6. Stick the hearts upside-down and next to each other just above the eyes.
7. Draw a short squiggly tail on the opposite short end of the box.
Large See-Through Piggy Bank
Keep an eye on how much you've saved with this easy piggy bank project. You won't need to cut any coin slots or holes, so kids of any age can complete the project mostly on their own. Load and unload your piggy by removing the jar lid, which serves as the pig's face. Give your piggy some of your personality by using different colors or experimenting with facial expressions.
- 1 30-ounce plastic container with built-in grip (like those used for bulk nuts)
- 1 small plastic bottle lid, from a vitamin bottle or something similar
- 1 9" x 6" sheet of pink adhesive back craft foam
- Two googly eyes
- Pink paint
- Pink gift wrapping ribbon
- Small round paint sponge
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Paint the top of both jar lids pink and allow to dry.
- Glue the small jar lid near the center of the big jar lid.
- Glue the eyes on the top portion of the big lid.
4. Glue two sequins on the small lid for nostrils.
5. Glue sequins in a horizontal line under the small lid for the mouth.
6. Use the ruler and pencil to mark a 4 by 7 inch rectangle on the foam sheet.
7. In the leftover margins of the foam sheet, mark four half-inch by 2-inch rectangles for the legs.
8. Also in the leftover margins of the foam sheet also, draw one pig ear. Cut this out and use it as a template to cut out three more ears.
9. Cut out all the foam pieces.
10. Remove the adhesive from two ears and stick them together, back-to-back. Repeat with the other two ears.
11. Place the jar so the grip is on your work surface and the label is facing the ceiling.
12. Attach the large rectangular piece of foam on top of the jar label to cover it.
13. Stick each leg to a lower corner of the jar on the left and right sides.
14. Glue the ears near the mouth of the jar, but make sure they are far enough back they don't prevent the lid from screwing back on.
15. Curl a short piece of ribbon using your scissors and glue to the bottom of the jar (which is now the pig's rear).
16. Screw the jar lid back on the jar to complete the pig.
Personalize Your Piggy Bank
You can buy a piggy bank almost anywhere but when you make your own, you'll take more pride in filling it. Use the bank to store your personal cash stash or share it as a family to save up for a treat or trip together.