Tin Can Piggy bank

(Mr. Piggy Bank)- A cute tin can DIY that is both unbreakable/sturdy and very budget-friendly.

Recycled tin can piggy bank diy

Saving money is a habit we all follow and teaching that to our kids has always been on our minds. I taught it to my little one too, even bought her the piggy banks she loves. But sadly, they kept breaking due to one or the other reason and when I tried to find a piggy bank that was not made of ceramic, I couldn’t find it!

So, I decided to make our own piggy bank. And I picked the tools and got to work to create a strong Mr. Piggy bank.

What you will need to make a piggy bank?

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  1. Old tin can
  2. Pink sponge (I used a dishwasher sponge)
  3. Google eyes
  4. Pink metallic paint
  5. Pink cardstock paper
  6. A piece of cardboard
  7. Hot glue gun

How to Make a Tin can Piggybank?

  • Grab a piece of cardboard and cut it into a circle that fits and can close the tin can opening.
  • Make a slit on the cardboard big enough to pour coins into and attach it to the opened side

  • Paint the can pink and let it dry!
  • Cut 4 square blocks of sponges, glue it to the bottom.

  • Finally, add the google eyes, ears, and nose made of paper and Tada! Mr. Piggy Bank is ready to protect our savings.  Watch here a time-lapse video of the whole process. It is soooo easy!

My lo loved her new piggy bank. She told me it looks exactly like a Pig and even gave me a hug as a thank you gesture. And guess who named it Mr. Piggy Bank?

You might also like another recycling project that we had done using tin cans. Swipe to see more pictures.



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Tin can pen stand: I made this by inserting the 2 tin cans inside my daughter’s old denim pant and cutting the extras and having the other end glued to the bottom. This is a great idea to make a pen stand within 15 minutes.

I hope these ideas inspired you to create some craft for kids with tin cans. Follow me on Instagram to see simple DIYs and digital printables for kids.

Cans are a valuable craft supply and there are a ton of amazing tin can ideas on the internet. Let me know what do you do with the can once you are done cooking?

Also, check this post to see how I made 3 simple games for toddlers with shoeboxes

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