Pot o’ Gold DIY Piggy Bank

by Meghan

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Irish legend holds that a pot of gold can be found at the end of a rainbow, guarded by leprechauns.  I prefer to equip my kids with their own financial savvy, and instead of searching for fairy tale gold, encourage them to make their own luck by filling their pots themselves!  So for this St. Patrick’s Day, Big M (age 4) and I created this simple, Pot o’ Gold DIY Piggy Bank.

Pot o' Gold DIY Piggy Bank


Pot o’ Gold DIY Piggy Bank

After two years of Coin Wars fundraising at her preschool and one intense discussion over the holidays about why Santa wouldn’t be bringing her the $400 Frozen Power Wheels in the toy catalogue, Big M is beginning to come to grips with the concept of money.  To that end, we are starting her on a small weekly allowance to begin teaching hands-on lessons about money, saving and making smart purchases.  Where better to save than her very own pot o’ gold DIY piggy bank!

DIY Piggy Bank Supplies

This is a super simple DIY project, requiring a few basic supplies.  All in, I made this for less than $5.

DIY Piggy Bank Supplies for St Patrick's Day

Supplies

Ball wide-mouth pint jar
Black acrylic paint
Mod podge
Sponge brush
Assorted colored pipe cleaners
Hot glue
Piggy bank lid insert or heavy card stock
Black ribbon (optional)

Cost: Less than $5

Prep time: Less than 5 minutes

Clean-up time: Less than 5 minutes

Make Your DIY Piggy Bank

To create your pot o’ gold DIY piggy bank, begin by painting the inside of your jar with black acrylic paint.  It will likely require two coats of paint, with dry time between coats, to completely cover the interior of the jar.  Once the paint is try, paint over it with two layers of Mod Podge to prevent the paint from chipping or flaking off when you drop coins in the bank.

Kid Made DIY Piggy Bank - Pot O' Gold

Next, remove the solid lid insert and replace it with a piggy bank insert. If you don’t have one, or like me, bought ones too small to fit your wide mouth jar (oops!), you can trace the solid lid insert on cardstock, cut a slit in it and affix the cardstock to the interior of the lid rim.

Pot o Gold DIY Piggy Bank - Make Your Own Lid Insert

Then, create the rainbow over your pot o’ gold using assorted, colored pipe cleaners.  Big M gathered the colors of the rainbow and handed them to me to hot glue to the sides of the lid.

Pot o' Gold DIY Piggy Pank - Making Rainbow over Pot o' Gold

Once they rainbow was in place, I further secured it by wrapping the lid with black ribbon, held in place with hot glue.  This also hid the rough ends of the pipe cleaners.  It’s optional, but gives the piggy bank a more finished look.

Dropping Coins into DIY Piggy Bank

St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids

If you loved this post, be sure to check out this full list of fun St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids from my favorite kids activity bloggers around around the web and world.  Special thanks to Ireland headquartered, Crafty Kids at Home, for putting it all together!  Be sure to check out the rest of our St. Patrick’s Day Crafts here, and you can find all of them, as well as the list below and more on our St. Patrick’s Day board on Pinterest.

St Patrick’s Day Preschool Potion Play | Crafty Kids at Home

Egg Carton Shamrock Craft | Play & Learn Everyday

The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day | Kelly’s Classroom

Rainbow Rainmaker | Mum in the Mad House

Michael Finnigan Craft | Craftulate

Shamrock Sun Catcher Craft | The Gingerbread House

Rainbow Hearts Craft | Our Whimsical Days

Shamrock Stones | Sunny Day Family

Luck of the Irish Mickey Mouse Oreo Pops | Crafty Mama in ME

Kids’ Kitchen: Over the Rainbow Cupcakes | Sugar, Spice & Glitter

St Patrick’s Day Counting Worksheet | Larabee UK

Pot of Gold Number Mats | The Kindergarten Connection

St Patricks’s Day Playdough | Clares Little Tots

Rainbow Buttons Color Sorting & Craft Activity | Kidz Activities

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How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?  Which of the activities above can you not wait to try with your kids?  If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out our Wee, Little Leprechaun Girls and Mint Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.

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Clare's Little Tots February 24, 2016 - 10:38 am

Such a cute idea. My daughter is always finding money everywhere and we don’t have a piggy bank for her yet so I know she’d love to make one.

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PGPBMeghan February 24, 2016 - 12:04 pm

It’s such a great way to teach them… and fun to make too! I’m sure she will love it!

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Emma February 19, 2016 - 7:52 am

I’ve been looking to buy my daughter a piggy bank, but I love your homemade version so much better!

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PGPBMeghan February 19, 2016 - 1:07 pm

Thanks, Emma… and letting them help make it gets them that much more excited about using it!

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Shannon February 18, 2016 - 8:49 am

This is a cute craft and it is so important to teach kids the concept of a dollar – great idea!

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PGPBMeghan February 18, 2016 - 10:31 am

Agree 100% It’s definitely not something I learned as a child, and it’s an expensive lesson to learn once your grow up!

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Nicola February 18, 2016 - 2:55 am

Making a money box with your child is a great way to help begin to understand about where money comes from. We will never stop searching for the end of the rainbow though, as well just never know!
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LOVE this craft! Such a fun idea!!

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PGPBMeghan February 17, 2016 - 10:33 pm

Thanks, George! Who needs Leprechauns when you can build your own pot o’ gold? 😉

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