3L Bottle Piggy Bank




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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.

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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

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    31 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Nice and good job I am going to make this today


    4 years ago

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


    7 years ago on Introduction

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


    8 years ago on Step 8

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


    8 years ago on Step 8

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


    10 years ago on Step 8

    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.

    2 replies

    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)


    9 years ago on Step 8

    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!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    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?

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    9 years ago on Introduction

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


    10 years ago on Introduction

    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?

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