Did you know? Banks in the shape of a pig first appeared in Europe around the 1400s. Most of these banks were made out of ceramic or porcelain. The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids, Volume 8 teaches how to make a piggy bank using regular household items.
How to Make a Paper-Mâché Piggy Bank
YOU WILL NEED:
1 paper towel
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups water
Paint and paintbrushes
- The balloon is your mold. Blow it up to your desired piggy bank size.
- Cut the paper towel roll into five pieces to serve as the feet and snout. Tape the feet and snout to the balloon.
- Cut ears out of the cardboard. Tape them to your piggy bank’s head.
- Tear newspaper into strips 1 to 2 inches wide and in a variety of lengths.
- In the bowl, combine the flour and water. Stir to make a smooth paste.
- Dip one strip of newspaper into the paste, coating it thoroughly. Hold the strip between two fingers of one hand and, with the other hand, pull it through your fingers to remove the excess paste.
- Lay the strip on the mold. Gently smooth in place. Repeat, overlapping the strips and laying them in different directions. When the balloon is covered, and each time you add layers, set it aside to dry thoroughly and put a cover on the paste. Repeat the process until you are satisfied. (We recommend at least four layers.)
- When completely dry, cut a slot in the top of the pig. This will pop the balloon. Remove the balloon through the slot. Paint or decorate your piggy bank.
DID YOU KNOW?
The world’s largest piggy bank, created by a German savings bank in May 2015, was 18 feet 3.7 inches tall and 26 feet 4.3 inches long. It was painted red.
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Editor’s note: This information comes from The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids, Volume 8. To request a complimentary media review copy or an interview with one of the Almanac’s editors, please contact Ginger Vaughan via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).