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15 DIY Piggy Bank Ideas That Are Fun to Make

Now that our kids are old enough to count and to express a want for certain things in stores, we’ve decided that it’s time to start helping them learn the value of money; about saving it, spending it, earning it, and using it wisely. As part of that plan, we’ve decided to help them make their very own piggy banks so that they have a place to keep the allowance we’re going to begin giving them soon! We hope that getting them started out when they’re young will help them be more responsible and also teach them the value of their own work too. We want to make sure that we keep things fun as well, though, so we’ve been keeping our eyes peeled for awesome DIY piggy bank ideas that will help inject an element of creativity into the whole process.

Best DIY Piggy Banks Projects

Are you feeling just as enthusiastic as we are, if not more, about the idea of making a piggy bank with or for your child so they have a place to start their very first little savings account? Check out these 15 awesome ideas, designs, and tutorials what we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance.

1. Glittered dollar store piggybank


Are your kids the kind of cheerful little people who adore anything that sparkles and shines and love making literally any craft that involves glitter, no matter what it is? Well, ours are much the same, so we totally understand! That’s part of the reason we were so pleased to come across this awesome tutorial from How Was Your Day? that shows you how to customize a simple, affordable plastic piggy bank from the dollar store by covering it entirely in glitter! They even show you how to seal it all the way around so it doesn’t shed glitter everywhere.

2. DIY cardboard coin bank


Are you actually a little more strapped for flashy crafting supplies like glitter right now but you’re still intent on helping your kids make their very own piggy bank, and you think that’s okay because they’re a lot more interested in checking out how things work and are formed than what they look like? Then maybe you’d have better luck helping them make something like this cardboard cube bank featured in detail on Instructables! It’s also an awesome opportunity to get them started on basic lacing projects that will lead up well to sewing in the future thanks to the corner edge details. If they really want to add colour to the mix, you could also encourage them to decorate the outside with markers!

3. Mason jar super hero banks


Like so many other kids, are your little ones total comic book enthusiasts who love superheroes more than just about anything else in the whole world? Well, particularly if they love painting projects, then we’re convinced that this next idea from Fireflies and Mud Pies is absolutely the best one for you! It’s even a great chance to upcycle a couple mason jars out of your recycling box.

4. Pencil shaped jumbo cardboard tube piggybank


In your house, is fun novelty the kind of thing that usually gets you the best results in just about any area of life and teaching, but especially in crafting? Then we’re pretty sure this next idea from Damask Love, which is so oversized that it’s almost silly (and that’s precisely why we love it) will be a huge hit in your house! Check out their tutorial to learn more about how they made this jumbo pencil shaped piggy bank using a cardboard tube.

5. DIY paper maché piggybank dinos


If you’ve never tried making paper maché crafts with your kids before then we’re very sorry to tell you that you’ve been missing out on something extremely fun indeed! It’s certainly not the cleanest kind of project but then messy, hands-on nature of working with glue dampened paper is worth the price of watching how satisfied your kids are when they realized they’ve made an entire shape with their own two hands. This adorable paper maché dinosaur piggy bank project outlined in nice, clear detail on Red Ted Art is the perfect example of what we mean!

6. Cute plastic bottle piggybank


Are you the kind of crafter, for yourself and where your kids are concerned, who love to turn essentially any project you’re making into an opportunity to upcycle or repurpose something, completely transforming it into something more functional so that it has a new lease on life? Then we’re pretty sure this tutorial from Guidecentral that shows you how to make a literally themed piggy bank from an old plastic bottle with the help of some colourful paper will be right up your alley!

7. Handy Hamm DIY piggybank


Have we got you feeling torn between three different ideas now and you’re actually having trouble choosing because you can’t tell whether your kids would rather transform a glass jar, do some paper maché, or make a bank that looks like an actual pig? Well who ever said you have to choose only one? Instead, combine those three elements in one place by trying your hand at this tutorial from Disney Family that teaches you how to make an awesome piggy bank that looks just like Handy Hamm from the Toy Story movies!

8. Upcycled Pringles can piggybank


Just in case you’re still not entirely over the idea of upcycling something that might otherwise be thrown out but you don’t happen to have any mason jars on your and you’d prefer something that’s a little closer to the simple cut and paste crafts that your kids like so much anyways, here’s an idea that will help you repurpose a simple chips tub, like Pringles or Stax! Check out Jennifer P. Williams for suggestions on how to embellish the outside of yours with coloured paper, stickers, and your child’s name.

9. DIY quote globe piggybank


Perhaps the piggy bank that you have in mind for saving up in is actually for you and not your children? We’ll totally admit that, even though we’re grown adults with jobs and bank accounts, we absolutely still like to keep a piggy bank on the side that we stash spare change into in order to treat ourselves with here and there. That’s probably why we loved this cute wanderlust inspired idea from Un Beau Jour for making a quote piggy bank out of an old globe!

10. Pink Clorox bottle piggybank


Even if you don’t have a mason har or a plastic bottle available for upcycling, there are totally still ways that you can make some kind of fun, crafty piggy bank from whatever kind of recyclable bottle you do have on hand! Whether you use it for an actual guide or you just take it as inspiration to design your own with something different, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Berry Inspired Muse turned a (very well cleaned out) Clorox bottle into a piggy bank using pink paint, spools or pink thread, and some tulle!

11. DIY book piggybank


Whether you’re actually using the project as a book fund to literally finance your avid reading appetite or whether you’re just a bookworm who liked the design because it reminds you of your favourite way to spend your downtime, we think this awesome upcycled book bank idea featured with full instructions on Karen Kavett will resonate with a lot of people! They show you how to make it from a damaged hardcover book that might not otherwise be read or held onto.

12. Pot of gold piggybank


Are you still thinking about how much you like the idea of making over a jar of some kind into a piggy bank but you just haven’t felt entirely convinced by any of the designs you’ve seen on our list so far? Well, if your kids have ever enjoyed rainbows, then perhaps this next design from Playground Park Bench will be a little more up your alley! Their tutorial shows you how to make a funny little “pot of gold” with colourful pipe cleaners arching in a rainbow over the top.

13. DIY budgeting piggybank


If you’re going to make a piggy bank for your kids as part of a learning process, would you rather make it more of an actual teaching tool that will help them stay organized? Then we think you’re going to adore this design from Homemade Ginger that’s actually like three little banks in one! Their tutorial shows you how to make a wooden frame to hold three labelled change jars; one for spending money, one for saving money, and one for money that you’ll give charitably. It’s like a children’s introduction course to budgeting!

14. Airplane piggybank


Are you actually still thinking about how much you liked the idea of making a plastic bottle piggy bank with your kids because it’s the simplest idea and you think they can handle it mostly on their own, but you’re just not sure that making it in the shape of an actual pig is an idea that will keep their attention? Well, if they’re machine lovers like my sons are, then maybe you’d have better luck getting them excited about making one that’s shaped like an airplane instead! DC Bapon has all the details you’ll need to make one of your own.

15. Coin rolling bank


Are you actually more of a handy person who likes to build and construct things for yourself whenever possible because you like the feeling of really making something from scratch with your own two hands? Then we think you just might be the perfect person to give this awesome coin rolling bank from Lovely Indeed a try! It’s intended to keep the change you’d like to roll by denomination and turn into the bank in exchange for bills all in one place, rather than scattered across your hallway or bedside table from when you emptied your pockets at the end of the day. It’s a great piece or beginner woodworkers!

Have you made another kind of awesome DIY piggybank before that you were very happy with indeed and still use but that you don’t see anything quite similar to here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos og your finished work in the comments section!