Teach your children to save money and have fun at the same time. Homemade coin banks take very little time to create and can be done with little adult supervision. The following coin bank projects are appropriate for children between the ages of 5 and 10.
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Home Sweet Home Bank
Tape the top of an empty house-shaped box (such as a Whoppers candy box) shut. Cover the entire box with vellum paper and tape to secure. Cut out the shape of a door from a separate sheet of vellum paper. Attach it to the front of the box with glue. Use foam letters to spell out the words " Home Sweet Home" above the door, on the box. Have an adult cut a slit in the top of the box. The slit should be large enough to fit large coins through.
Painted Bottle Bank
Apply paint to an empty plastic bottle in whatever design you want. Acrylic paint will adhere to plastic and dry quickly, so it makes an ideal medium. Allow the paint to dry completely. Coat the bottle in Mod Podge and allow to dry. Use a utility knife to cut a slit at the top of the bottle so you can insert coins.
Fancy Coin Bank
Cut out pictures and colourful shapes from magazines. Use a paint brush to coat an entire empty crisp cylinder with gesso. Decorate the cylinder with magazine clippings by placing them on the cylinder while the gesso is still tacky. Once you have covered the cylinder with clippings, allow it to dry. Coat the entire cylinder with découpage medium and allow it to dry. Cover the lid with lace and use a hot glue gun to secure ribbon around the lid's parameter. Cut a slit in the lid and lace, then replace the lid on the canister.
Cut poster board into a circle that will fit snugly inside the metal rim of a mason jar lid. Discard the metal centre disk. Cut a mouth shape large enough for coins to slip through into the poster board circle. Glue googly eyes and a pom-pom nose in appropriate positions on the poster board. Place the poster board face on the jar and screw the lid on. Wrap pipe cleaners around the rim and bend the ends into a "V" shape to form antennae. Glue pom-poms to the tips of the pipe cleaners.
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