Do you want a fun project to do with the kids that will get used? Have you ever considered making your own piggy bank from scratch?
This may not be a 5 minute project, but our boys now have a project that I won’t have to (ah-hem!) throw in the trash eventually. (Guilty feelings activated)
This project surpasses the stack of 10-a-day drawings my boys make!
I’ve been eyeing piggy banks for a year or so now. As our 5-year-old is about the right age to earn some money for chores, I decided this is perfect in a few ways.
- It won’t break like ceramic (leaving almost microscopic shards all over their bedroom if things get rowdy in there).
- It cost virtually nothing to make.
- It was hand-painted.
- It’s super adorable too!
So without further ado Here is the (Paper Mache) “Make Your Own Piggy Bank!”
To make You need:
- Balloon (per piggy bank being made)
- Newspaper stack
- Paper mache mixture (1 part water to 1 part flour, well stirred)
- Egg carton (I used the cardboard type carton)
- Bottle cap (either milk carton/jug or Gatorade)
- “Piggy tails” or ribbon (optional)
- Some sort of primer (I used leftovers from the last room we painted)
- Brushes/sponge/paper towel for paint application
- Pan or table-cloth for less mess
- Paper towels for easy clean up
Step 1: Blow up balloon(s) for body
Extras will keep the little ones busy if they are too small to help!
Step 2: Cut egg carton in sections of 4
(so you will have 3 sections, each with 4 legs). Cut the middle section out so you can set your balloon in the well of it. You can use extra sections as a paint palette! (My 3-year-old son came up with that idea! Brilliant!
Step 3: Paper mache body, legs, and nose together.
Don’t forget to shape some ears up there! & let dry! Can be done in several layers. & will dry faster overall with thinner paste and by allowing each layer to dry well before adding another.
Although I was very, very cautious to fast-dry our little piggy (in the oven on the “warm” setting of 100 degrees for 1 hour), I really don’t want anyone to burn their kitchen down. So please, a simple air dry while you play outside will suffice!
Step 4: Prime and dry well
Fast dry is no option for this, as paint and primer can be extremely flammable! Although, wall primer will dry in no time, naturally!
Step 5: Paint and decorate!
As you can see from the pictures, the boys had fun painting. Once this is all dry, just cut a slit for money. We will just make a small cut in it to get the money out later and then we can reuse it.
The Finished Product!!!
Our little oinker is ready for some moola!
I hope you can use this idea to create something fun with your kids! Even if you decide not to use it as a piggy bank, after priming you could very well just coat it with some chalkboard paint and have a super cute kitchen decoration or a nice gift!
“Mr.Piggy” (as he was named by our 5 year-old) is mission complete!