This DIY coin bank is the sweetest and simplest craft for kids! If you have an empty tissue box lying around, I highly recommend turning it into this adorable cow "piggy bank"!
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DIY Coin Bank: An Upcycled Craft
We love transforming our recyclables into new, creative projects. We've turned toilet paper rolls into napkin rings, empty glue bottles into play food, and tin cans into pencil holders and candy dishes! So, we are thrilled to make a coin bank out of a simple tissue box!
There are so many benefits to making upcyled crafts. Not only do these crafts encourage kids to think creatively, but they also teach kids the value of conserving resources and caring for the environment. And as a bonus, when we transform used materials into useful items or gifts, we save money!
What is a Coin Bank?
A coin bank is a small container that is meant for storing and/or saving coins at home. It typically has a small slit on its top through which money can be passed. Coin banks are often called piggy banks, especially when they are shaped like a pig, like our adorable Piggy Bank Tissue Boxes.
How do you Make a Coin Bank?
To make a coin bank, you will need to create an enclosed container and add a slit at the top that's big enough for coins. An empty tissue box makes a perfect coin bank because it already has an oval-shaped slit on its top. All you'll have to do is decorate your tissue box to make it your own!
My kids and I have transformed a tissue box into a true pig-like, piggy bank before, and it came out beautifully! This time, to change things up, we decided to make our coin bank in the likeness of a cow. We just can't get enough of adorable farm animals!
Steps to make your DIY Coin Bank out of a Tissue Box
This is all about making your tissue box look like an adorable cow! Here are the steps to make your DIY coin bank:
- Cover your box so it doesn't look like a tissue box. We covered ours with white construction paper.
- Decorate your box! With construction paper, we created our cow's snout, ears, and black spots. With a black marker, we added his eyes and mouth.
- Create a small slit over the tissues box's hole through which coins can be passed.
Supplies for your coin bank
There are so few supplies needed for this craft. There is a good chance you have all of these items at home already!
- Empty tissue box (or any empty small box, container, can or jar)
- Pencil (or pen)
- White, pink and black construction paper (if you only have white paper, you can color some of it pink for the ears, snout and tail)
- Black marker or black Sharpie
What Else Can I use to make a piggy bank?
Any hollowed container can easily be converted into a piggy bank! While we used a tissue box, you can easily convert the following recycled containers into piggy or coin banks:
- cereal boxes
- shoe boxes
- condiment jars
- water bottles
- wipes containers
- Pringles containers
Other Cool, UPCYCLED CRAFTS:
Skills supported: Fine motor (cutting, folding, taping/gluing), following instructions, math (composing shapes)
Corresponding recipe: Easy Philly Cheesesteaks
✂ SUPPLIES ✂
- Empty tissue box
- Construction paper (white, pink and black)
- Black marker or black Sharpie
- Scissors (kid-friendly scissors)
📝 Instructions 📝
- Cover tissue box with white construction paper. Trace and cut out the outline of the top of your tissue box. Next, trace and cut out the outline of all four of the box's sides (note: all sides are the same size). Glue each cutout to its respective surface.
- Add the Cow's features! Cut out and glue on the features for the cow's face:
- Ears: Two white triangles with pink centers. Note: Bend back the bottom edges of white triangles slightly and use glue to fasten the ears to the top of the box (on the edge closest to cow's face).
- Snout: A pink, oval shape. Use a black Sharpie to draw your cow's nostrils, and draw a smile right below the snout.
- Spots: A handful of small, black shapes to scatter around your box's surface.
- Coin Drop: To create the bank's coin drop, create a small slit over the hole on the top of the tissue box. Note: We just used a pencil to gently form the hole.
- Enjoy your adorable DIY Coin Bank!