I hate paying money for things my girls and I can make ourselves. Once they became old enough to start saving money to make their own purchases, I decided to help them make their own piggy banks. Not only is this craft easy enough for younger children to complete, but it is a great deal of fun as well.
You will need the following items to make your piggy bank:
- 2-liter soda bottle
- Tempera paints
- Large push-pins
- Construction paper
- Pipe cleaner
Follow these steps to make your piggy bank:
Prepare your workspace and your children for making a mess. This includes cover the table with newspaper sheets (I use a shower curtain liner purchased from the Dollar Store), and having your children wear an old set of clothing.
Paint the 2-liter soda bottle with a shade of pink Tempera paint. You’ll want to paint the entire bottle, including the cap.
Wait for the paint to dry before continuing. This may take a few hours.
Lay the 2-liter soda bottle on its side so that the bottle cap looks like it could be your pig’s nose. Push four large push-pins in underneath of the bottle to form the pig’s feet. Oversized push-pins can be purchased at any office supply store.
Paint two nostrils on the end of the bottle cap with black paint. Then you have the option of painting on two eyes, or cutting circles out of construction paper. My kids like to paint so they just painted the eyes on.
Cut a circle out of pink construction paper. Cut the circle in half and glue each half on to the top of the pig’s head. These are his ears.
Finish off your pig by gluing half a pipe cleaner to the back of the soda bottle. You can twirl the pipe cleaner first if you want your pig to have a curly tail.
Cut a small rectangle out of the top middle of the soda bottle to place your money in. A parent should do this part for safety reasons.