Money, money, money! I have a really fun way for kids to keep track of their dimes and quarters today with our Water Bottle Piggy Banks Craft!
Having older kids, money is now kind of a big deal. Not only are their wants more expensive, but they also need actual cash for many different things, whether school activities, field trips, or to keep on hand when out with friends. We’ve gone over a number of different ways to save, and our Saving For… Kids Money Ledger Printable has been super useful for some of the bigger items. But these DIY Water Bottle Piggy Banks are a fun way to safely collect change for all. That includes myself, too.
No need to waste even more money by buying a piggy bank from the store, kids can simply make their own from water bottles! To make 2 of our DIY Water Bottle Piggy Banks you will need empty, clean, and dry water bottles. The shorter ones work best for piggies. Also gather together pink paper, googly eyes, pink pipe cleaners, pink wooden beads, hot glue, and scissors.
DIY Water Bottle Piggy Banks
- 2 Empty Water Bottles, shorter ones
- 3-4 Sheets Paper, pink patterns
- 4 Small Self-Stick Googly Eyes
- 1 Pink Pipe Cleaner
- 8 Small Pink Wooden Beads (about Â½â€)
- Glue Gun
On one side of each bottle, cut out a slit about 2 inches long and Â½ inch wide. The long length of the slit should run the same way as the length of the bottle.
From the paper, cut out a piece for each bottle that will fit them by wrapping it around the bottles. The paper should be sized so there is about an inch of plastic showing at the bottom of the bottles and the spout part will be showing at the top of the bottles. Wrap each paper around each bottle and glue with your glue gun. Cut out the paper where you put the slits in the plastic so those are open. Make sure before you glue things on, the slit opening is at the top of the bottle when it is laying down.
Cut out 4 little pig ears from another piece of pink paper and cut out 2 little round circles the same size as the lids to the bottles.
Glue each circle to each bottle cap. Glue 2 little ears on each bottle on the edge of the paper nearest to the spout part. Stick 2 googly eyes on each bottle about halfway between the cap and the ears.
Turn the bottle over to the bottom side, the side opposite of the slit opening. Glue on 4 pink beads so they look like the pig’s legs. Spread them apart equally so when you turn it back over the pig will be standing on the four bead legs.
Cut a short piece of the pipe cleaner, twist it into a loose spiral, and glue it to the bottom of the bottle to look like the pig’s tail.
Drop some money into your bank and start saving! This is a great repurposed craft to find a use for those plastic water bottles instead of cluttering our landfills, especially with Earth Day approaching. Be sure to find more Earth Day ideas at Our Kid Things!