Moo-La Bank

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For those looking for crafts from glass jars, this is a bank to store your "MooLa" in. Made from mayonnaise jars, you may use either the pint or the quart size. Cow bank from mayonnaise jar.




  • mayonnaise jar with plastic lid (pint or quart)
  • white spray paint (glossy or flat)
  • black paint (acrylic or enamel)
  • 12 inches black yarn (for bangs)
  • black felt (for ears)
  • 2 black buttons (for nose/muzzle)
  • 2 15 mm wiggly eyes
  • eyelashes (optional)
  • natural color muslin or off white fabric (for head)
  • pink fabric (for nose/muzzle)


  • soldering iron - to melt slot in plasic jar lid (or you may take an old knife and carefully heat it)
  • hot glue gun
  • small paint brush
  • black Sharpie


  1. Remove label from jar and clean inside and outside thoroughly.
  2. Remove cardboard from lid and clean lid thoroughly.
  3. With soldering iron or a hot knife, melt a slot about 1 1/2 inches long across the middle of the lid. Check for size with a quarter.
  4. Place jar (upside down) and lid (top side up) on newspaper, and using white spray paint, giving it two light coats for better coverage. Let dry about 30 minutes between coats, and let it "cure" for several hours or overnight before you handle it.
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  6. Check the photo for position, then write Moo-La on the jar, making sure you leave enough room above it for the head.
  7. Use your Sharpie to write and to draw "cow spots" randomly all around the jar. Make them different shapes and sizes (see photo). Then, using black paint and a small brush, fill in the spots.
  8. Closeup of wording on bank.

  9. Cut 2 squares of muslin 3x3 inches.
  10. Fold one square in half and cut a slit across the middle, about 3/4 inch long.
  11. Match up sides of squares right sides together and sew a seam around all 4 sides.
  12. Reach through the slit in back to turn so that seam edges are inside.
  13. Stuff lightly with polyester stuffing.
  14. Cut 2 pieces of pink fabric 3 x 1 1/2 inches. Cut a slit as for the head to enable you to turn the piece.
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  16. Sew all 4 sides (Note: if you prefer, you may round the corners when stitching.) Turn and stuff lightly.
  17. With Sharpie, mark the position for the black buttons with a circle just slightly smaller than your buttons. Hot glue buttons in place.
  18. View of back of head.

  19. Trace ear pattern (from PDF) onto paper and pin to black felt.
  20. Cut out, cut in half and fold in half, securing with a dot of hot glue. Hot glue to the back of the head.
  21. For bangs: cut 8-10 strands of yarn about 2 inches long. Bundle then and tie them tightly together in the center.
  22. Glue ears and bangs in place.
  23. Hot glue nose in place along bottom edge of head.
  24. Hot glue eyelashes and eyes into position.
  25. Hot glue head to shoulder of jar above where you have written Moo-La.
  26. Closeup of face details.


By Harlean from Hot Springs, AR

Editor's Note: Harlean has also provided a PDF of this craft Click Here to download it.

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August 1, 20070 found this helpful

I love this idea, it is so cute and clever! Also, thank you for the great directions!

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August 1, 20070 found this helpful

this is down right adorable. what a cute idea. thanks for sharing it

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August 2, 20070 found this helpful

Thanks for the compliments....just wanted to add an additional note. If you have jars with a metal lid, or if you use a canning type lid, carefully cut a slot in the metal with a large knife. Be sure to turn it over and lay it down on a solid surface and pound down the rough edges to avoid injuries. I have not tried the plastic mayo jars, but think they would work also. You may have to use the spray paint that is especially for spraying plastic.


Harlean from Arkansas

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August 3, 20070 found this helpful

thanx for sharing...going to try making this for my step-son either for birthday or Christmas...

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