-homemade piggie banksI mentioned in this morning’s post that we have homemade piggie banks around here. This is as of last year, when we discovered that old spice jars make perfect piggie banks. This discovery came after a broken ceramic piggie and an afternoon of tears.

Of course, spice jars are plastic or thick glass, and therefore more shatterproof and tearproof than your traditional ceramic pig, but also, they have a double lid. You can take off one lid to put money in, or take off both to take money out. And spice jars are portable, which makes them very easy to grab on the way out the door to the grocery store, where my kids occasionally convince me that they should be allowed to spend a quarter on a sticky hand or plastic alien from one of those little vending machines that are conveniently at their height.

So here was our solution. We washed out a few old spice jars and took off the labels. I used a craft knife to cut a coin slit in the shaker lid of the jars. Then I printed off some labels (on to labels like these,which look like quite the bargain) and stuck them on. Nice and easy. We made a few jars for divvying up different kids of savings.

I’ll include a couple printables incase you’d like to leave a piggie bank in a preschooler’s stocking this Christmas. Or mail one with a couple dollars inside for a birthday surprise.

Paper Piggie Bank, pink and orange (1482)
Paper Piggie Bank, blue and green (1286)

-homemade piggie banks free labels2

-homemade piggie banks free labelsprinting and cutting the labels

-craft knifegetting handy with my craft knife

-homemade piggie banks2the finished product

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Carly November 17, 2009 at 10:57 am

What a fantastic idea and a great way to teach kids how to “divvy” up their pennies – I love it!


Whitney @ Whisker Graphics November 17, 2009 at 12:31 pm

WHAT a cute (and practical) idea! (Those are the best kind in my book!) The money slot is brilliant and the wrapping fab. Thanks for thinking this up and sharing!


simplyNabiki November 18, 2009 at 1:58 am

Oh what a nice idea! And the labels are soo cute!
thanks a lot! I will prepare some for my nephew!


Becca November 20, 2009 at 7:06 am

Thank you!!! I now have a gift for my nieces/nephews LOL!


The Activity Mom April 11, 2010 at 9:58 am

SO cute!!!!! I need to cook more so I can empty some of these. =)


ABC & 123: A Learning Cooperative August 3, 2010 at 8:14 pm

What a great way to encourage your child to save money and resuse empty bottles. We’ve added this to an upcoming post on our blog about printables for learning. We used a photo with short description, credit, and direct link back here. We hope it’s okay to share it with our readers but if you prefer we remove it please let us know. Thank you in advance for sharing.


Leti December 9, 2010 at 10:29 pm

I absolutely and utterly adore your blog! Thanks for posting all these ideas… cheers from Argentina :)


Sharon October 13, 2012 at 10:09 am

Do you have this pinned on Pintrest? I would like to share it with some girlfriends. Thanks — super cute!! I just washed some old spice jars and they are drying now!! Sharon


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