Introduction: 3L Bottle Piggy Bank

This instructable will show you how to make a cute lil piggy bank from used soda bottles.
Use it for yourself or give it as a gift.

Step 1: What You Need....

~ 2 or 3 liter EMPTY soda bottle (I'm using 3ltr for this ible)
~ 4 20oz soda bottles or water bottles whichever
~ pink paint (or red and white if you don't have pink)
~ paint brush
~ sharpie
~ liquid nails
~ exacto knife (or some other sharp blade)
~ scissors
~ sand paper

Step 2: Cut the Legs

Pretty much need to eyeball this step but make sure you make the legs the same height .
After cutting the legs, sand all your parts.
Sanding will give the paint something to hold on to.

Step 3: Add the Legs

Using liquid nails attach the legs to the "body".

Apply your liquid nails along the cut edge of the legs and hold them to the body until it no longer wiggles.

Best to do that ONE AT A TIME.

Since you are already using the liquid nails, you can go ahead and glue the nose (the cap) of your pig shut if you want, mine is not sealed because I would like for this lil piggy to continue living after it's done it's job. (meaning we wont need to cut him open to extract the $$ .. we will only need to unscrew his nose and dump the monies out)

Step 4: Add Your Ears

fashion some lil piggy ears and attach them with liquid nails.
( I forgot the ears before i started painting .. that's why piggy is already pink in this step)

Step 5: Mix Your Paint and Then ... Paint

get out your paint and mix it up
paint the piggy
I use a dabbing motion .. instead of the standard brushing motion .. this eliminates brush strokes and adds a lil texture

Step 6: Add Your Eyes and Don't Forget the Nose Holes!!

grab your sharpie and draw your eyes
any eyes will do... I just went with plain ol' black circles .. but you can do whatever

Piggy's got to breath so don't forget the nose holes!

Step 7: Coin Slot

Grab yourself a quarter and plot out a spot for your coin slot.

Mark the spot with your sharpie.

Use your exacto knife or whatever blade you wish to cut the sharpie mark out.

Step 8: Finished!

Oink Oink .. now your piggy is hungry ... toss your spare change in every night and slowly but surely you will have enough for that trip.. or whatever


breumer made it! (author)2012-03-28

Thanks for sharing this nice instructable

Jasani_bae made it! (author)2015-03-04

can I have yours ?

Jasani_bae made it! (author)Jasani_bae2015-03-04

? OK

Jasani_bae made it! (author)2015-03-03

this is amazing I can know have a place to put my money

sam2simon12345 made it! (author)2012-10-01

hindi ko alam kung paano gumawa heehe

breumer made it! (author)2012-03-16

we have many empty bottles but now we know what we can do with it thanks for sharing

jiajunwang made it! (author)2012-03-15

Hehe, very it

cheesehead11 made it! (author)2011-05-30

Haha! I used tape (gorilla tape) instead of liquid nails, and instead of paint, I used zebra-patterned duct tape. Turned out pretty awesome.

patriots8888 made it! (author)2011-04-21

This is awesome i really like how you unscrew the nose to get your coins back out!

wubblecookie made it! (author)2009-02-05

This is so cute. My piggy bank is actually red, but I think I might be making this soon since my dresser will probably spontaneously collapse! This is amazing, thanks.

porcupinemamma made it! (author)porcupinemamma2010-11-07

ohhhhhhhhhh no!!! ;0) a piggy bank "in the red". We must take up a collection to get the poor thing back in the black, because a poor little piggie can't go to market without any money ;0) yet alone buy supplies to build a house for himself and his brothers. ;0)

the_sandypants made it! (author)the_sandypants2009-02-06

sorry about your dresser! but i'm glad you like the piggy!

LizbethTheZombie made it! (author)2010-04-20

i LOVE this!!! THIS IS AWESOME. i was going to buy a piggy bank isnce my boyfriend has been wanting one for a good while, but nnow i can just make it!

tim_n made it! (author)2010-02-25

What type of paint did you use?  I remember when I made similar things as a kid the paint doesn't fix perminantly to the bottle unless it's properly sanded - otherwise if you squeeze it the paint cracks and flakes off.

I assume you use a rubberised latex paint or similar?

Or does it flake?

the_sandypants made it! (author)the_sandypants2010-02-26

Yep sanded .. says so in part 2.  I used Acrylic paint.  Has not yet flaked.

Rosstafarian made it! (author)2010-02-24

Very cool. Looks quick to make and cute too. I think I'm gonna make one for my girlfriend. Thanks!

BellaStella7 made it! (author)2009-07-18

Can this really stand a lot of weight? I mean, its standing on four smaller bottles. I'd like to do this for the kids at church but uhhh.. it doesn't look too sturdy. Can someone reassure me?

the_sandypants made it! (author)the_sandypants2009-07-26

It will be alright. I've got quite a few coins in mine and it still sits pretty good. No bending in it all.

Sandisk1duo made it! (author)Sandisk1duo2009-07-26

they'll be fine! you can probably step on it, and all it will do is bend

dobbylvr made it! (author)2009-05-23

I love this. I will definently be making this for my little sister's birthday.

FrameR009 made it! (author)2009-02-06

Awesome! Something for the kids. You got my vote!!

BodyWorker made it! (author)2009-02-04

How about a Money Monkey?? That would be so cute! Now .... how to make the parts? hmm...

the_sandypants made it! (author)the_sandypants2009-02-05

Hmm.. that would be interesting. But I have no idea how it would go together. Give it a shot and let me know how that goes. :)

DIYDragon made it! (author)2009-02-03

That's painfully adorable. If I find a culligan bottle I'm making some sort of odd dragon bank immediately .. : p cash cow would be funny~! Might have to make that for my friend who loves anything with cows on it. :P

the_sandypants made it! (author)the_sandypants2009-02-03

a dragon would be AWESOME.

Doctor What made it! (author)2009-02-02

You know what'd be awesome? A culligan water bottle pig!

the_sandypants made it! (author)the_sandypants2009-02-02

That is so funny because i was just discussing that with my friend. We were also discussing other animals that would be interesting.. like a CASH COW. hehe

gili made it! (author)2009-02-02

How nice!

ve2vfd made it! (author)2009-02-01

Thats too cute! I love it :)

the_sandypants made it! (author)the_sandypants2009-02-01


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