Make a trash to treasure piggy bank. Oink!
The kids can easily rustle up this little piggy on a rainy day. Most of us will have the supplies at hand and if you don’t there are loads of ways to substitute. The only thing you definitely need is some kind of bottle and you’re away. I’ve used a water bottle, but a mayonnaise bottle, shampoo bottle, sauce bottle … any kind of bottle would work just as well. If your bottle doesn’t have a white lid you can always stick some white paper over the front of the coloured bottle top.
The only thing the kids will absolutely need help with is cutting into the bottle for the coin slot and tail. That’s definitely a job for the grown ups. Hot glue gun action depends on the child, but if you’re not sure yours can handle it, you can always give them standard craft glue to use and make some extra room for drying time.
- glue – hot glue gun or craft glue
- double-sided tape
- 4 ‘feet’ (try beads, drink bottle or glue lids, small pebbles, marbles …)
- pipe cleaner
- small beads – optional
- permanent marker (Sharpie)
- patterned and plain paper (any you have at home, wrapping or construction paper is fine too)
What you do:
- Prepare your bottle for piggy bankdom by using the scissors to cut a vertical coin slot. Make sure the slot is at least 3mm wide and 33mm long so it will fit all Australian coins.
- Make a small hole in the base of the bottle for the tail. You will probably need to ‘stab’ the base with the tips of your scissors (I did!). Be careful!
- Fold the plain paper and cut an ear shape with the fold at the base. Cut in two.
- Fold the patterned paper and cut a slightly smaller ear shape. Use the plain paper ear as a guide.
- Glue the smaller patterned ear inside the plain paper ear and fold in half. Fold a small tab at the base of the ear and then cut a small slit from the base to the fold. This will give the piggy ears definition and also help you stick your ears onto the bottle.
- Stick the ears onto the bottle using double-sided tape. Don’t worry about the ugly tabs – we’ll be covering them with paper in just a moment.
- Next, cut your patterned paper to fit your bottle. The length will need to wrap around the whole bottle and the height will depend on the size of your bottle. The paper should be big enough to cover from the just behind the ears of your piggy to just before the base of the bottle.
- Run some double-sided tape down the back of the bottle and stick on one side of the paper.
- Wrap the paper around the bottle (being sure to cover the ear tabs) and secure with another piece of double-sided tape. To keep things looking nice and neat, try to end your wrapping under the piggy’s belly, not on his back.
- Cut through the paper where you made the slot on your bottle. If you like, you can sticky tape the paper to the bottle through the coin slot. This will neaten and protect the all-important money opening!
- Now it’s time to hot glue on the feet.
- Make sure you test each foot before you commit with the glue – the foot should be in contact with the ground and play its part steadying the piggy. You’ll know what I mean when you start adding your own feet!
- Thread your pipe cleaner through the slot you made in the base of the bottle. I’ve attached a couple of small beads for interest, but it won’t matter if you haven’t got any beads. Once you’ve curled the tail around your pinky finger, it’s cute enough just the way it is!
- Use your Sharpie to draw the eyes and nostrils. You could also use a hole punch to punch out some eyes from your plain paper, but I think the black Sharpie eyes are soulful enough. Cute, huh?
- Once you’ve finished, dig out some coins and start feeding the piggy! When he’s all filled, you can easily cut the piggy under his belly to release the coins. If you use a bottle with a wide mouth, you can simply unscrew his nose and set your riches free!
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