We have been trying to teach our girls about money habits and practicing generosity lately. They get a very small weekly allowance for doing chores, but it was difficult to keep the money organized when teaching about saving, spending and giving. After a little brainstorming, my husband came up with a DIY piggy bank that solves the problem! I think these little wooden stands that small mason jars slip into are just the perfect solution to visually see how to divide kids’ money up into the 3 categories.
The girls love their new piggy banks and thinking about how much to save and give with each allowance. I love that they now have a little stash of coins that they can take to church that is only theirs to give!
I asked Reid to take a few photos as he was making a piggy bank so that we could show you the process. He’s so smart for coming up with this idea, isn’t he?? Here’s what you will need:
DIY Piggy Bank
- 3.5 inch X 20 inch X 3/4 inch board (approximately)
- 2.5 inch Hole Saw
- Small Nails
- Sand Paper
- Spray Paint
- Sanding Dremel Bit
Step One: Cut the board to about 12.5 inches for the top piece. The legs need to be at least 2 3/4 inches each.
Step Two: Measure to the center of the top board to cut the first hole. Use the hole saw to cut the first hole in the center. Measure 2 1/4 inches from each edge to mark the center of the outside holes and cut.
Step Three: Use the dremel sanding bit to sand inside of the cut holes. Do this until the mason jars fit. Be sure to sand evenly around the holes.
Step Four: Nail legs to the top board piece. You could also glue and clamp the pieces together.
Step Five: Sand all surfaces with a fine grit sand paper.
Step Five: Spray paint with the color of your choice.
Step Six: For the labels, use alphabet stickers on small round tags. Use small, short picture hanging nails for the labels to hang on.
Step Seven: Insert the mason jars and start saving!
Enjoy your little DIY piggy bank! I kind of want one for myself.
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