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Project

Bottle Bank

This little piggy (bank) started off at the market as a bleach bottle.

Materials

  • Empty bottle
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
  • Hot-glue gun
  • PIpe cleaner

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Rinse an empty bottle with hot soapy water; let dry. Cut features such as eyes, ears, and nostrils from construction paper (ears should have tabs).

  2. Step 2

    Attach with double-sided tape, as shown. Tape patterned paper around body. Hot-glue empty thread spools on for legs. Cut a slot at the top for coins, and a hole in back to insert a pipe-cleaner tail.

Source
Martha Stewart Kids, Winter 2006

Reviews (57)

  • Daniel Timohin 24 Apr, 2013

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  • bri11234 20 Aug, 2012

    cute! good for little kids

  • Ben1233 24 Jan, 2012

    Hi, I am doing a GCSE ICT controlled assesment on upcycling and i need to find three different products. I would reallly like to use this idea in my coursework

    Please could you let me know if you are happy with me using your idea.

  • Ben1233 24 Jan, 2012

    Hi, I am doing a GCSE ICT controlled assesment on upcycling and I would reallly like to use this idea in my coursework

    Please could you let me know if you are happy with me using your idea.

  • trizanair 10 Oct, 2011

    oh this is cute thanks for sharing ur idea.

  • dhossner 20 Aug, 2011

    I have looked clesely at your pig and cant figure what you truly used for the feet?! : )
    I teach art to children with disabilities. We were going to try covering the bottles with glue and tissue paper...but I think this looks unique and beautiful!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • dhossner 20 Aug, 2011

    I have looked clesely at your pig and cant figure what you truly used for the feet?! : )
    I teach art to children with disabilities. We were going to try covering the bottles with glue and tissue paper...but I think this looks unique and beautiful!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • TransformationUK 7 Apr, 2011

    I am requesting to use your piggy bank idea and picture as a demonstration idea for my GCSE ICT upcycling project.

  • bxpennie07 16 Sep, 2010

    this bottle looks like a 2 liter soda bottle....i like it....she should change that and say soda bottle - not bleach bottle

  • GabrieleRdB 15 Sep, 2010

    Looks more like a wide-mouth juice bottle with soda caps for legs. Easily do-able, but not what is described.
    Personally, I've never seen a bleach bottle that was clear

  • Susanne 15 Sep, 2010

    I have never seen a clear bleach bottle either? All the bleach bottles I have seen are white?

  • harfordscout 29 Aug, 2010

    Some one at Martha's should check these before posting. I have never seen a bleach blttle that looks like this or is cleas plastic. There is no pipe cleaner tail on this pig, the legs are not made of empty spool of thread. This is doable but definetly not by following directions but by looking at picture and finding similar items. Had this happend before with other projects. Very disappointed expected better from this site.

  • SwwtSue 27 Apr, 2010

    I guess I am just too young and unorganized for this list. I am 66 and LOVE this little piggy who can help me ORGANIZE all my spare change of which I have several jars. I can make one for each size coin! Maybe even make different sizes and designs. Guess what my grandkids are getting for Christmas this year! Can't tell you how many glass or ceramic banks have broked during my life time. Now I am using canning jars. Pigs will be more fun and better company.

  • missstubby 24 Apr, 2010

    re: getting the money out, measure the neck diameter and only cut the slot to accept coins that will fit out the neck. Problem solved.

  • Nonnakoz6 24 Apr, 2010

    I'm sure Martha would only use a designer bleac bottle

  • Libbylabel 21 Apr, 2010

    Eureka -- use a GATORADE BOTTLE. It has a big orange lid so you can get quarters out later, unlike drink bottles.

  • mpvet53 18 Apr, 2010

    I have never seen a clear bleach bottle. I think they may have got their info wrong.

  • whit5 9 Nov, 2008

    I also went to a hard ware store and found all kinds of corks in all sizes, made great feet.

  • whit5 9 Nov, 2008

    I also went to a hard ware store and found all kinds of corks in all sizes, made great feet.

  • whit5 9 Nov, 2008

    I used a big clear plastic jug that candy came in (fire balls) no bleach or smell for me, it smells like cinamon candy. Turned out really cute. Also used craft foam for eyes, nose etc.

  • faith929luv 6 Sep, 2008

    I might also use rice paper or recycled construction

  • faith929luv 6 Sep, 2008

    I will use raffia that I will wind around a pencil to make curly for the tail instead. I will use paper bags or left-over clean butcher's paper

  • faith929luv 6 Sep, 2008

    I think I would prefer to use vinegar gallon plastic jugs. Or use non-chlorine bleach jugs. It's more safe than the conventional kind.

  • marksmom 4 Aug, 2008

    My but this brings back memories. My aunt made these for all her nieces and nephews one Christmas, and most likely her children.(I'm thinking there had to be at least 11 of us that year.) Hers were made from Clorox bottles. The feet were made from large corks she cut in half from top to bottom then painted black. She used pipe cleaner for the tail. On either side of the handle she painted on eyes then used black felt for ears. She painted decorations on the sides. Mine had yellow ducks.

  • Raspberry2 1 Aug, 2008

    I'm glad to see this bank come back ! I made one of these in 1963 with a kit that I believe was mailed from Clorex or was attached to the bottle. This sort of thing was frowned on in the last decades when it was believed people couldn't be trusted to completely wash a container ! Have fun making these !

  • heatherly3 30 Jul, 2008

    A cute idea that my kids enjoyed making. They each made more than one so that they could organize their change by savings, spending and donating. Nice to get my kids envolved and organized!

  • BlakeP 30 Jul, 2008

    This is the best idea ever!!! Instead of wasting your money on some other glass piggy bank so it will just break when the kids drop it! This is so fun to do! It might be meant for kids but adults and seniors love it!!!!

  • craftyfingers 30 Jul, 2008

    I made one and use it to store buttons.

  • abir 30 Jul, 2008

    its so wonderful idea and so cute.. sure my baby will like it so much..

  • czacza 30 Jul, 2008

    PS- We used the 8 oz water bottles. The 'nose' iisn't big enough to get the coins out but you can shake them out of the slot you cut in the top- like old fashioned piggy banks. SO cute- Can't believe tha negative comments posted for this craft. If you don't like it, don't make it. As a second grade teacher I tell my kids all the time "You get what you get and you don't get upset".

  • czacza 30 Jul, 2008

    This little piggy actually did not start its life as a bleach bottle as stated but as a water bottle. I've been making this craft with my second graders in school for the past 2 years. It was originally in the MS Kids magagzine. They come out ultra-adorable. We use wooden beads for legs.

  • lshobbs57 30 Jul, 2008

    I made one something like this with an Orville Redenbacher's popcorn bottle. It has an indentation at the top of the bottle that, when turned on its side, makes a cute face. I found toilet seat bumpers at the hardware store to skewer on for feet -- probably a grownup should help a small child with this step. Once they're attached, though, they're safely out of reach of kids. I used felt for features and a little length of knotted and frayed cord for the tail

  • pelican66 30 Jul, 2008

    i keep my pennies in an old plastic water jug; the kind that is in an office or waiting room. it's full and if you have a real saver in the family it would make a good bank too with a cork for the nose; you'd have to use something like a hot glue gun to cut the slit in the top i'd think.

  • whit5 30 Jul, 2008

    There have been all kinds of organizing ideas on Martha's site all you have to do is look. Or here is an idea, use your brain and think of some on your own.

  • pelican66 30 Jul, 2008

    i may be grocery-challenged but all the bleach i see/get comes in white plastic jugs. a mayo jar would work; it's clear!

  • whit5 30 Jul, 2008

    The directions say empty thread spool for the feet, don't any of you read the directions. Cute and and a easy craft--organizing thing for kids.

  • dbspoehel 30 Jul, 2008

    I have to agree with pattywblack. This cute piggy bank belongs in crafts. Please keep this site for organizing ideas excusively. We can always go to your craft site for ideas if we are looking for something like this. I too, would like to see more ideas for organizing my home, papers, sewing

  • melanieatplay 30 Jul, 2008

    This is a great way for kids to ORGANIZE their monies. It may not apply to all readers, but that doesn't mean some one will find it very useful. Most kids piggybanks are breakable - this one looks pretty good to me.

  • Cattrix 30 Jul, 2008

    For some reason that does not look like it was made from a bleach bottle, I have never seen a clear bleach bottle... I do though, like the concept! My daughter would like to make one as she gets to collect all the spare change out of the washer and dryer and anything Dad drops on the floor.. As to the comments of this not being "Martha" material.. Not every craft has to be Elegant... Kids don't give a flip about that, they like fun... and this is a fun project no matter what it is made of.

  • frances2525 30 Jul, 2008

    Ladies, get a grip! It's a plastic piggie bank for goodness sake.

  • pattywblack 30 Jul, 2008

    Why are we getting craft ideas for organizing ideas? I would like more acatual organizing -- what needs to be kept as records in paperwork, organizing my desk, organizing a gift area, organizing holiday supplies, etc., etc. I don't need to make a piggy bank!

  • pattywblack 30 Jul, 2008

    Why are we getting craft ideas for organizing ideas? I would like more acatual organizing -- what needs to be kept as records in paperwork, organizing my desk, organizing a gift area, organizing holiday supplies, etc., etc. I don't need to make a piggy bank!

  • ruthschneider 30 Jul, 2008

    We did these with my neice and nephews the day before we had a penny scamble for the 4th of July. They all turned out sooo cut and the ages werefrom 3 to 9. Great Idea! I would love to share the photo of the 4 different pigs if I could.

  • craftyfingers 12 Jun, 2008

    I appreciate having ideas recycled. I made detergent bottle piggybanks as a kid, but this newer version is absolutely darling! I'll keep my eyes on the look out for a cute chubby bottle to recycle.

  • greatviewfor5 1 May, 2008

    My ref to the 3rd comment was about what CCZIM said not whom ever is at the third comment, sorry

  • greatviewfor5 1 May, 2008

    This is great!!!! I love the simplicity of it and the fact that anyone can do it is even better. I think the Aquafina bottle would be great for this project also. I am not sure what the 3rd comment is about but I think having diversity with crafts is a great way to stay creative and be able to keep thinking outside of the box! Thanks for the great project and it's enviornmentally friendly!

  • vah1964 16 Apr, 2008

    The bottle size is similar to a 1-liter Aquafina water bottle. You'd get the clear factor using one of those as well. Good to remember, as others have posted, that the "nose" needs to be big enough to fit the coins through. An 8-oz. water bottle opening is a bit tight for a quarter! :o)

  • owygal 12 Apr, 2008

    I did this project with my preschoolers and it is easy. I used small 8 oz water bottles and used scrapbooking paper in varying shades of pink. Instead of the black dots for eyes, I purchaed the googly plastic eyes. They just loved it!

  • cczim75 31 Mar, 2008

    Never thought i'd see the day when one of Martha's crafts was the dreaded plastic bottel bank! Guess it would be fun for a child, 'though. It's been a category of judgment in my mind for years: either a 'Martha' craft, or the old Clorox bottle bank type..hard to believe you've crossed the line!!!.

  • ladybugcuttie 30 Mar, 2008

    I don't think they are pony beads. They look like those large wooden ones. You should be able to find them at Wal-Mart or a craft store with no problem

  • alinderman 15 Mar, 2008

    I have the magazine with this on the cover, so cute and it says made with water bottle. The problem is, what are the feet??? Says they used a beads. What size pony bead is this? I can't find them big enough. Great idea, really bad instructions! And they used this for the cover.

  • BoxerLover 7 Feb, 2008

    It is one of her viedos... It was a water bottle. But the trick is to find one that the coins fit thru... other wise, you will have to "break the bank" to get them out.

  • avrolblack 7 Feb, 2008

    Any bottle can be used just as long as the opening where to cap is, is large enough for all the coins to fit back through.

  • christieray 2 Feb, 2008

    It matters what it started off as because I went looking for this cute bleach bottle, even though it seemed weird, and of course couldn't find one. Totally wasted my time and I would like to have known from the start what to get for the craft.

  • christieray 2 Feb, 2008

    It matters what it started off as because I went looking for this cute bleach bottle, even though it seemed weird, and of course couldn't find one. Totally wasted my time and I would like to have known from the start what to get for the craft.

  • Duckslippers 31 Jan, 2008

    Based on the size, in comparison to the coins, my guess is that it's a 16 oz soda bottle, of some sort. Perhaps even one of those smaller chubbier bottles...I think they're 10-12 oz, but why does it matter what it started off as?Any bottle, with that basic shape, will, pretty much, do the job.

  • MeLucero 30 Jan, 2008

    This did NOT start off as a bleach bottle. I would be interested in what it really started off being. Whoever saw a handless much less clear bleach bottle. Also, can we get another view? How big is this?