Family Fun

Hands On: Recycled Piggy Bank

From the March 2012 edition
Teaching your little ones to save money this season? Start by creating a piggy bank from recycled household materials! Most of the materials you’ll use in this project are craft scraps or items already in your recycling bin, so you can save all your pennies for your piggy bank.


*One wide-mouthed plastic bottle with lid (laundry detergent bottles and sports drink bottles work great)
*Four small plastic bottle caps
*Colored and/or patterned construction paper
*One pipe cleaner
*Double-stick tape
*Hot-glue gun
*Utility knife


1. Wash out the wide-mouthed plastic bottle and lid and let dry.
2. Lay the bottle on its side. The lidded mouth of the bottle will be the “snout” of your piggy. Cut a long strip of paper to wrap around the center of the bottle. Use double-stick tape to adhere the paper to the bottle.
3. Cut out eyes, ears and nostrils for your piggy and attach with double-stick tape.
4. Parents: Use a utility knife to cut a slot for coins on top of the piggy bank. Also use the knife to cut a small hole in the back of the bottle where the tail will attach.
5. Use a hot-glue gun to glue four plastic bottle caps to the bottom of the piggy bank to form feet. Don’t worry if you can’t get the piggy to balance on the bottle caps — the piggy bank can lie on its “belly” and the four caps will prevent it from rolling away.
6. Form a curly tail with your pipe cleaner and stick it in the hole you created in the back.
7. Start saving your pennies! Emptying your piggy bank is as easy as opening a bottle.


OLIVERA BRATICH owns Wholly Craft, 3169 N. High St. The Clintonville shop features handmade goods from more than 100 crafters and artists, including clothing, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, home décor and more! Hours of operation: 1-8 p.m., weekdays except Tuesdays when they’re closed, 12 noon-7 p.m. Saturdays, 12 noon-5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, go to or call 614-447-3445.