This DIY piggy bank is shaped like a cute robot emoji! It’s an easy do it yourself project made with simple supplies like scrap wood and craft paints.
DIY Piggy Bank
This do it yourself piggy bank is made out of wood and shaped like a cute robot emoji. It’s a simple project that can be made entirely with scrap wood.
Make it as a gift for your kids or grandchildren. Or get the kids involved. Ask them to help with gluing, sanding, and painting.
This project is also a great opportunity to teach kids about saving money.
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Can Kids Help to Make This DIY Piggy Bank?
Yes, kids can help to make this wooden piggy bank. This is an easy do it yourself project that can be made in an afternoon. It’s a great project for DIYers of any skill level.
The parts can be cut with a miter saw or a miter box. The miter saw should be used by an adult, but age-appropriate kids could use a miter box to cut the parts.
The parts are joined with glue and nails. I used a brad nailer to join the parts of my piggy bank, but age-appropriate kids could use a hammer and nails instead.
Kids can get involved with finishing the piggy bank too. They can help with smoothing the parts with sandpaper. Then, they can decorate the bank with craft paints.Back to Table of Contents
What Kind of Wood Do You Need to Make This Piggy Bank?
This handmade piggy bank is an easy and affordable project. It doesn’t require much wood. I made my bank entirely with scrap wood that I had in my workshop.
I used 1×2, 1×3, and 1×4 pine to build this DIY piggy bank. Pine is inexpensive and easy to work with. Pine can be purchased at your local home improvement store.
Related: Beginner’s Guide to Wood SizesBack to Table of Contents
How Do You Finish the DIY Piggy Bank?
First, the parts of the bank were sanded smooth. Then I applied a primer. I used this water-based primer that I had leftover from another project. When the primer was dry, I lightly sanded the bank with 220 grit sandpaper.
Then I painted the piggy bank with craft paints that I had leftover from other projects.Back to Table of Contents
Customize This DIY Piggy Bank
There are several ways to customize this wooden piggy bank. Instead of painting the eyes, nose, and mouth, you could attach hardware like screws, washers, etc.Back to Table of Contents
Where to Buy a Piggy Bank
Store-bought piggy banks are available if you don’t have the tools or time to make one. Here are a few options you can buy online and have sent to your home.Back to Table of Contents
Robot Emoji DIY Piggy Bank
- Get the FREE plan here (includes detailed instructions, measurements, and bonus tips).
- Wood (per printed plan)
- 1-¼” Finish Nails or Brad Nails
- 1-¼” Wood Screws
- Wood Glue (I used this one)
- Ready Patch
- Craft Paints
- Artist Brushes
- Sharpie Marker (I used this one)
- Minwax Polycrylic (Matte-Finish)
Step 1. Make the Box
Cut the wood to length for the front, back, sides and bottom. Apply glue to parts, clamp, and attach using nails.
Cut 2 pieces of wood to length for the ears.
Apply glue to the ears, position on the box, and clamp. Attach using nails.
Step 2. Make the Lid
Cut 1 piece of wood to length for the lid and cut a hole for the coin slot.
Cut 1 piece of wood to length for the handle. I used a sanding block to sand a 45-degree bevel on each end.
Apply glue to the handle, position on the lid, and clamp. Attach using nails.
Step 3. Finish the DIY Piggy Bank
I sanded all of the parts and applied a coat of primer. When the primer was dry I lightly sanded with 220 grit sandpaper.
I used the measurements from the printed plan to layout the locations for the eyes, nose, and mouth.
I used small artist brushes and craft paints to paint the piggy bank.
Next, I used a small artist brush and black paint to outline the edges of the eyes, nose, mouth, and ears. Then, I used a sharpie marker like this one on the edges of the bank.
The last thing I did was to protect the project with a few coats of matte-finish Minwax Polycrylic.
This robot emoji-shaped piggy bank is a simple project that can be made entirely with scrap wood.
Make one as a gift for your kids or grandchildren. Or get the kids involved. Ask them to help with gluing, sanding, and painting.
Get the free plan (including the detailed instructions and measurements) now!
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