If you’re a parent, you can agree with me that we hope to teach our children how to save money from an early age. What better way to teach this lesson, than to help them make their own piggy bank from scratch.
Perhaps saving money in something they help create will give them a sense of pride and encourage them on saving. Plus, since we’ll be reusing old plastic bottle, they’ll have the opportunity to learn something about environmental responsibility. It’s a win-win situation in parenting, right?
Materials To Use
Most of these items are readily available from your home or local stores.
- Empty plastic bottle (the wider it is, the more room it will have to save money)
- Craft glue
- Craft knife
- Colored paper
- Permanent marker
- 4 inches of colored plastic ribbon
- You could use a piggy ear template from a store. I prefer tracing out one by hand. This way, the ears might not be perfect, but they’ll be uniformly shaped.
- Four beads, which you’ll use as the piggy’s legs. You can take identical beads from your old broken jewelry, such as an old necklace, or buy them from a thrift shop.
- Acrylic paint, in the color of your choice, and painting brush (optional)
DIY Piggy Bank Instructions
Remove the label from the empty bottle, and thoroughly clean off any excess wrapping left. With the help of the craft knife, cut the bottle into three equal parts. Dismiss the middle, and assemble the back and the front. Then, make an incision somewhere in the middle of the bottle, large enough to fit in coins.
Take the colored paper and cut a strip with the scissors. Make it approximately the same size as the bottle label you just discarded. Wrap it around the plastic bottle, and trace the coin slot with a pencil. Cut out the slot space on the wrapping paper with the craft knife, so that once you glue it on the bottle, you’ll have adequate space to drop the coins through.
Use the ear template to cut both, the inner and outer ears of the piggy. If you don’t have a template, you can trace them on a piece of paper, cut them out and use them as your templates. The ears don’t have to be perfect. As long as they are uniform, it’s good enough. Glue the inner ear to the outer ears, and bend the bottom part of the assembled ears. Position them at about one inch from each side of the coin slot. Glue the ears to the bottle, at the edge of the wrapping paper.
Using the permanent marker, draw the eyes of the pig on the bottleneck. Or, if you would like, you can glue toy plastic eyes. Then, draw the nose on the cap of the bottle, to define the piggy’s face.
Lastly, using glue, stick the beads on the piggy’s belly side, to serve as legs. Curl the plastic ribbon with the scissors and glue it as the piggy’s tail.
You can paint the piggy bank in your kid’s favorite color, for example pink or yellow. This is where the acrylic paint and the brush will come in handy.
Your kids can enjoy and have fun making this cute piggy bank, and at the same time, learn the responsibility of saving money in it.