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Piggy Bank

Save up your dough with this bottle-fashioned piggy bank.




  • 2-liter plastic bottle
  • Egg carton
  • Masking tape
  • Ear template
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Newspaper torn into strips
  • Electric fan (optional)
  • Sanding block or sandpaper
  • Craft glue
  • White acrylic paint
  • Black construction paper (optional)
  • Craft knife


  1. Step 1

    Wash and dry a 2-liter bottle. Once completely dry, place cap back on.

  2. Step 2

    Crumple a piece of newspaper, and use multiple pieces of masking tape to attach the newspaper to the bottom of the bottle. Round out the crumpled newspaper as you tape to create the pig's bottom.

  3. Step 3

     Cut out four cups from an egg carton, and shape them into a curve to fit the bottle. Attach cups to bottle with masking tape to create the legs. Check the balance of the pig, and re-tape if necessary. 

  4. Step 4

    Trace ear templates onto the top part of an egg carton, and cut out. Tape ears to top of bottle.

  5. Step 5

    For the tail, twist a strip of newspaper and wrap with tape. Tape the tail to the back end of the pig.

  6. Step 6

     Whisk to combine one part flour with one part water until all the lumps have disappeared. Dip a strip of newspaper into the mixture. Squeeze excess paste off with fingers to minimize dripping. Lay the strip on the bottle, and smooth with fingers. Repeat to cover the entire pig at least twice. Let dry overnight. (A fan will speed the drying process.) 

  7. Step 7

    For a super strong pig, add two to three more layers of paper strips, and let dry overnight again.

  8. Step 8

    Sand pig with a sanding block to smooth out any bumps, ridges, or excess paste.

  9. Step 9

    For the final layer, create a mixture of 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup craft glue, and 1 tablespoon white acrylic paint. Select and tear pieces of newspaper that only have small words. Dip pieces in glue mixture, and smooth on over entire pig.

  10. Step 10

    If you would like a spotted pig, rip black construction paper in desired spot shapes, and glue to pig with plain craft glue.

  11. Step 11

    Cut an opening in the top of the pig with a craft knife, and start saving.

The Martha Stewart Show, September 2009



Reviews (9)

  • Vironika 27 Jan, 2010

    I made this and added a few torn words and letters from the newspaper to make a special Birthday message-lots of fun. But mine did not turn out with the light gloss that the one above seems to have... Is there a secret I don't know about??

  • lostgirla 7 Jan, 2010

    This is great, I am going to make one!!!

  • majeral78666 3 Jan, 2010

    very cool, I have a "piggy lover" who will love this '
    Sagaponack she cut a [filtered word] last instructions

  • 84bren 1 Jan, 2010

    How do you get the money out?

  • Patricia246 1 Jan, 2010

    Pelican 66 - snout is probably the shape of the top of the bottle?

  • Sagaponack 1 Jan, 2010

    How did she make the slot on the top????

  • pelican66 1 Jan, 2010

    five egg carton for snout too, right?

  • jackie_d302 1 Jan, 2010

    Very cute!

  • Dilmah 1 Oct, 2009

    I think the pig bank is such a sweet idea