My girlfriend is slightly elephant-obsessed, so I made her this "piggy" bank in the shape of an elephant for Christmas. I've seen some of these customized wooden coin banks on the internet, but they cost somewhere in the $30-50 range (not including shipping), whereas the one I made can probably be built for $10-15. I ended up spending absolutely no money on this project because I had all the materials in my shop to begin with.
Because this instructable is a bit more complicated than my previous ones, I'll include a list of materials:
1'x2' 3/4" thick board (any hardwood)
Plexiglas (enough for the two side walls)
1/2" long flathead screws (x5)
1" long 1/4"-20 Phillips head bolt (x1)
Stain/paint (as per preference)
As for tools, I just used a jig-saw, power drill, and power sander.
Step 1: Find a template pattern
I found this minimalistic design of an elephant silhouette somewhere online (this piggy bank can be any shape, depending on the recipient's interest). I blew up the image so that the elephant would stand approximately 5" tall, and then printed it out.
I suggest finding and printing out the paper template first before picking out the wooden board, so that you don't buy more wood than you need.