In my quest to do more with my pins and exercise my creative side, I took on another Pinterest Inspired project this week. I have not seen this particular up cycle on Pinterest, although I’m sure it is there somewhere, but I have seen a ton of “turn your toilet paper rolls into art” or “do you know what you can do with that wipes container” type pins. This is kind of the same thing.
One of the things I hear a lot at my house is,
- “Momma do you know where my money is?”
- “Is my money still in your purse?”
- “Did you give me a dollar for unloading the dishwasher?”
My replies are usually,
- “Is it my money or your money?”
- “Yes, right in the front pocket where I always keep it.”
- “As soon as I have a dollar I will give it to you.”
Both my mom and David’s dad give the kids money instead of gifts so they can pick out their own presents, and I’ve started to pay both of them a little for doing certain chores around the house. To me, paying for that is easier than keeping up with an allowance and making them do chores separately. This means that each of them usually has $10 to $20 floating around somewhere, and they can never seem to keep up with it.
Finally, this week I told Cady that she needed to put her money in a piggy bank.
“I have a piggy bank?”
Well, I thought she did. I know she got one of those keepsake ones as a baby, but when we went to look for it, it was nowhere to be found. Of course she then started asking me to buy her one. I suggested that we make one instead. She fell in love with that idea because she is all about the craft project.
I let my brain work on that for a few days and came up with the idea to up cycle a Pringles can to a bank for both kids. Pringles are cheap, and I had all of the other craft supplies on hand. Here is how we put it together.
- Pringles Can
- An Adhesive, I used Mod Podge, but I think spray glue, regular glue, or hot glue would work too (although the last two options might be bumpy).
- Something to measure with
- Foam paintbrush
- Paper and decorations to cover the can
1) Empty the Pringles can. If you have a super cute, sneaky sneak assistant like I did that won’t be a problem.
2) Clean the can. I used a Clorox wipe to clean out all of the crumbs and remove some of the grease. I’m not sure how it would hold up to a dousing under the faucet so I didn’t give it a try.
3. Measure your can to determine the length of paper needed. I had a larger size “20% more” can so yours may be different. You may also want to measure the circumference of your can to cut your paper the exact size. I let mine overlap in the back because I’m not a perfectionist. (I wish I had cut it.)
4. Cut your paper to the proper size. It is a good idea to square the edges of your cut. I used my seam measuring tool so that I could keep a straight edge along the side of the paper, thus resulting in a straight line. You can use whatever tool you have available.
5. Apply adhesive to your can. I used a foam brush and Mod Podge. I’m not very good at getting all of the bubbles out when I use Mod Podge, and after I was finished, I wished that I had used spray glue instead. Of course I’m not sure that will hold.
6. Place paper on can. Make sure to line up the edges at the top and bottom. If you used Mod Podge, paint a coat on top of your paper as your wrap your can. If you use spray glue, spray a top coat when you are done and let it dry before proceeding.
7. Select and apply decorations. This is the fun part for kids. Give them a variety of stickers to choose from. You could also cut pictures out of magazines or print photos on regular paper and glue those to the can. Basically, anything goes.
8. Cut an opening in the lid. I used a razor knife to cut a slot to slide the money through. Be sure to cut from the bottom of the lid (with the sides facing up). Also, the plastic cracked when I was cutting the lids so be careful not to cut too much. And again, we aren’t really going for perfection with this project. You could also take the lid off to put the money inside and skip this step altogether.
9. Sit back and admire your handiwork.
I thought these turned out really cute. It was a fun project to work on with Cady, and it only took us about an hour to finish it. The kids like their new banks and have been asking for chores so they can fill up their cans (I’m sure that will be short lived).
I like that you can be really creative with this project and make a bank for a lot of different reasons. Vacation coming up? Decorate one with a map. Christmas or birthday fund? Use wrapping paper. Shopping fund? Cut your favorite items from magazines and make a collage. The ideas are endless.
What are you saving for? Do you think your kids would enjoy this project? Most importantly, are you following me on Pinterest?