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Piggy Bank Craft We chose this paper mache piggy bank craft as an after school winter craft idea and invited Yonatan and Jordan to try their hands at it!

As you will see, they literally rolled up their sleeves and got their hands dirty :). The project can be a bit messy, but we had so much fun making this easy craft for kids! We invite you to share in our experience.

Here's how we did it:

Supplies You'll Need

  • Paper mache paste (recipe below)
  • Newspaper torn into strips
  • One ballon per piggy bank
  • A paper egg carton
  • Masking tape
  • Acrylic or tempera paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Construction paper for ears


1. Make your paper mache paste using:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 5 cups boiled water
In a medium saucepan, add flour to one cup of water and mix until the mixture is thin and runny. Gradually add the boiled water. On a low flame, gently boil and stir for 3 minutes. Add some salt to act as a preservative. Cool before using.

Piggy Bank Craft 2. Blow up a balloon for each child. (It's a good idea to give each child a small plastic bowl to "sit" the ballon in. This helps keep the balloon in one place as the child adds paper mache layers to it).

3. Dip individual strips of torn newspaper (about 1 inch wide) into the paper mache paste and place them on and around the balloon. Repeat this step until the balloon is completely covered with about 3 layers of newpaper. Now, find a nice dry place for your project and let it dry completely. (We hung ours outside on a laundry line--make sure there's no hint of rain!)

Piggy Bank Craft 4. Is your "balloon" dry and hardened? Now pop the balloon by sticking a pin through the layers of paper mache. Remove the balloon through the small hole that's formed at the base.

5. Next it's time to add the snout and legs. Cut 5 separate egg compartments from your paper egg carton. Using masking tape, place one for the snout and four (legs) at the base of your oval shaped pig. (See illustration at the top of this page).

6. Paint the piggy bank any color you choose. Draw eyes and add ears (triangles cut from construction paper), a tail (curled pipe cleaner) and you're almost ready to start saving those pennies!

7. Using a craft or kitchen knife (adult supervision please), cut a slot in the back of your piggy bank!

You're done! You've succeed at making you very own piggy bank craft!

Naomi and Liya show off their new piggy banks!

We're always curious about how our crafts worked for you. So... would you consider sending in a picture of your finished piggy bank craft to be featured in our photo gallery? It's easy to do!

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