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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Monday Craft: Paper Mache Piggy Banks

The craft project  we did for our Summer Activity Schedule this week was the Paper Mache Piggy Bank.  


Kid Craft project:  Paper Mache Piggy Banks

I originally had this craft planned for later in the summer, but moved it up to this week because I am so tired of seeing this, everywhere:

Can you see what is spread all over the carpet?  Coins, everywhere...
My son has a ceramic piggy bank and had chipped away at the opening, to get the coins out.  I gave him a cup to keep his coins in, but that was not the smartest solution because he just kept dumping the coins everywhere.  So I decided we needed a piggy bank that could not be opened and spilled, ASAP!

This was a great craft for them, though it actually turned out to be more of a two day project because the paper mache needed to dry overnight before we could paint it.

This is what we used to make our paper mache coin banks:

  • 2 plastic coffee containers
  • cut up strips of newspapers, about 1 inch by 4 inches
  • flour/water glue (1 cup flour, 4 cups boiling water mixed together)
  • hot glue gun
  • paint, paint brushes
  • exacto knife
  • modge podge

We were just getting set up to start and I glanced over to see this...  Just look at their body language.  I dont know what was going on, but she is obviously antagonizing him somehow. Just look at her little grin...


1.  Hot glue the lid to the coffee container to make it more secure. Then just start layering on the newspaper strips soaked in the flour glue mixture.




After applying several layers of the glue soaked newspaper, set the canisters out in the sun to dry.



Let dry several hours or overnight. Once the canisters are dry and rock solid, they are ready to be painted.
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My little guys worked so hard on their piggy banks!  After the paint dries, coated the banks with a thick coat of Modge Podge.  Once the Modge Podge is dry, use an exacto knife or something similar to cut a coin slot in the top of the bank.



We've already started filling up the coin banks, hopefully they will hold up...


I will be linking up to some of the fabulous Linky parties listed here.

6 comments:

  1. Fun!
    Besides a weekly anything goes link party, I have a new ongoing free give away link party now too. Share your give aways or enter to win.
    Hope to see you soon at http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/

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  2. Sweet! Great craft for a money learning lesson, too!
    I would love if you would share it at our Weekly Playdate~ a kid and family themed link party... http://beneaththerowantree.blogspot.com/2011/06/playdate-link-party-blog-hop-14-all.html

    Cheers!
    Lori
    Come & Play :: Playdate
    www.beneaththerowantree.com

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  3. What a great idea - perfect for the kids!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  4. Just the thing for me to make with my twin nephews when they come to stay, I've recently starting doing papier mache myself so I've got plenty of already torn up newspaper so they could get stuck straight in on the messy fun part

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  5. What a great project. I am always saving containers this would be a great project to do with one of our coffee containers. Thanks for sharing. I am now following your blog I can't wait to read more of your ideas. Please come visit me at www.funfrugalmommy.blogspot.com

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  6. very cute idea - a personalized coin bank!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Brenda
    http://www.piggygiggles.com

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