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DIY Kid’s Craft: Paper Mâché Piggy Banks!

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Once upon a time, I was a great parent and purchased each of my girls a nice porcelain piggy bank. Of course, as all of my once upon time stories go, these broke. One fell of a shelf and the other my youngest took a hammer to.

They have been carrying around their money in little Ziploc baggies ever since and I told them I was not going to buy them another one. I started to feel guilty so researched away for us to make our own. I stumbled across paper mâché recipes and thought this would be a fun craft with the kids and an awesome solution to the piggy bank situation.

What You Will Need:

  • Balloons
  • Newspaper
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Cardboard (optional)
  • Egg Carton Pieces (optional)
  • Masking Tape (optional)

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There are so many different animals possible, so be creative as you would like or stay traditional and make a little piggy.

My oldest is a traditionalist and chose the piggy. My youngest however, she’s my wild child. She wanted to have a dolphin.  So I had to get a little creative with hers.

All you have to do is use some masking tape, cardboard, card stock, and/or pieces of egg cartons to get the design you want. Attach the shapes to your balloon with masking tape.

After you get the shape of your animal, it’s time to get messy.

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You will need to mix 1 part flour with 2 parts water to get your glue. For example: 1 cup flour, 2 cups water.

Tear or cut some newspaper into strips. I cut ours in strips about 2″ x 5″. It doesn’t have to be that or exact at all, just giving you an idea of the size we used.

Dip the strips into the glue, get rid of the excess and apply it to your animal. Get one full layer on there and let it dry. After reading online, it says to wait a full 24 hours between the layers. However, it was 95°F outside the day we did ours so I just set them out in the driveway and dry in the sun for 40 minutes or so. Either way you decide to do yours, you need to do at least 3 layers.

Once you third layer is dry, you can now use an utility knife to cut the money slot. Doing this will pop the balloon inside so don’t panic.

Now it is time to decorate.

You have two choices here. You can use colored tissue paper and apply it to the animal the same way as above. I decided to just let them paint the piggy banks.

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The dolphin was painted with acrylic paint. The first two layers of paint on the piggy were some of the kid’s tempera paint. This is a BAD idea, so learn from my mistake. It’s very watery and it ended up soaking into the paper and cause the pig to sink in in a few spots.

Let the kids paint it. Even better, have them sign and date the bottom.

Final step is to spray with some clear coat to protect it. Let the kids clean up all the mess from this project to earn some money to put it in it. Just an idea. 🙂