Monday Craft: Paper Mache Piggy Banks

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Kid Craft project: Paper Mache Piggy Banks!

We made Paper Mache Piggy Bank’s for our craft project this week.  The coin banks were made using simple household supplies and the kid love this project!

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 it is?


My son has a ceramic piggy bank and had chipped away at the opening, to get the coins out.  I had given him a cup to keep the coins in, but…  That was not the smartest move on my part!  He just kept dumping the coins everywhere.  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.

To make paper mache coin banks, you need:

  • 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 don’t 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.


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…

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  1. Talya Weinberg says:

    Love this! Question though- how do you get the money out once you're ready to retrieve the coins? Did you cut a hole in the bottom and plug it up before beginning the project? Thanks!

    1. Good question… Actually, the purpose of this bank was for them to not get the money out. Every bank they ever had, they would open and lose the money. This bank would have to be cut open. My daughter puts money in hers, but my hubby cut my son's open. (I was a little irked about him cutting it open. I'd helped my son earn and save up $20 for a toy and I was actually just going to give him $20 and let him keep the $$ in the bank, but my hubby took it upon himself to cut it open!) Oh, well.

  2. 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 http://www.funfrugalmommy.blogspot.com

  3. 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