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Thoughts from March 2015

How to make a piggy bank from an innocent juice bottle

Last week, our socks were well and truly knocked off by the brilliant piggy bank Emilie, 10, made out of one of our juice bottles.

 

So simple yet so effective. To be honest, we wish we’d thought of it first. Anyway, just in case you fancy having a go at making one yourself we’ve put together a little how-to below:

How to make a piggy bank from an innocent juice bottle

You will need:

A 900ml bottle of innocent juice

An A3 piece of pink foam

A bit of white foam

A waterproof black marker

Some tape (preferably double-sided)

A pair of scissors or a knife


Step one: drink your juice. Not a bad start, if we do say so ourselves.

Step two: rinse out the empty bottle.

Step three: cut a large strip of pink foam which will fit all the way around the empty bottle. Fix the foam with a bit of tape.


Step four: to make the pig’s curly tail, cut a strip of pink foam 15 cm long and 0.5 cm wide. Wind it around a pen or pencil to curl it and fix it in place with tape. Don’t remove it from the pen just yet.


Step five: draw round the cap of the bottle onto a piece of pink foam and cut it out to form the pig's nose. Draw on the nostrils with the marker and tape it on to the front of the bottle cap (make sure you screw the cap on the carafe tightly beforehand otherwise your pig will have slanted nostrils).

Step six: for the legs, cut four rectangles of pink foam, roll them up and tape them on to the bottom of the bottle.


Step seven: for the ears, cut two triangles out of pink foam and stick them on to the neck of your bottle.

Step eight: for the eyes, cut two ovals of white foam rubber. Draw the pupils on with the marker and stick them on to the neck of the bottle, just under the ears.

Step nine: Take the pig’s tail that you made on your pen earlier and glue it to the back of the pig.


Step ten: This is the last and, if we’re honest, most difficult step – making the coin slot of your piggy bank. Take your scissors or a knife (grown ups – make sure you give the little one’s a hand with this). Hold the bottle and the knife firmly so there’s no chance of your pig slipping. Then, carefully cut a straight slot along the pig’s back making sure it goes through both the foam and the plastic of the bottle.

 

Finished. Now all you need is a bit of pocket money to fill his belly and you'll be sorted.