Piggy Tails Bank

Teri Clark

You read it right - a piggy tail bank! Instead of saving your money in a traditional "piggy" bank, why not create a cute little girl with pig tails to hold your spare change?


  • thin corrugated cardboard
  • smooth, thick cardboard
  • smooth, light cardboard
  • 2 paper towel tubes
  • glue
  • paint
  • marker



  • scissors
  • paintbrush


  1. Using your marker, draw a rectangle in one of the paper towel tubes about 1/3 of the way from the top. Be sure that coins can fit through this slot.
  2. Paint the tube to create a "dress" for the piggy tailed girl. You may want to paint it a solid color and then add a pattern after the paint dries.
  3. On a piece of smooth, thin cardboard, cut out the shape of a face. Be sure to add pigtails. The more the pigtails stand out, the cuter the bank.
  4. Draw a heart shape on the thick cardboard. This is going to be the bank's base.
  5. Paint both the feet (base) and the face.
  6. To make the lid of the coin bank, cut a piece about 1 1/2 inches from the other paper towel tube.
  7. Cut a strip of corrugated cardboard about 3 inches wide.
  8. Roll the corrugated cardboard strip so that it will fit inside the lid and glue it inside. You want one end of the rolled cardboard to be flush with the lid. The remainder of the rolled cardboard will fit down into your piggy tail girl's dress. This keeps the lid from falling off.
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  10. Glue on the feet and glue on the face.

Now you have an adorable little girl to help you save money! Just imagine what you will spend your money on when she is finally full.

Additional Ideas:

You can make a little boy by drawing a face without pigtails. You can also turn it into an animal by drawing an animal face instead of a child's face. Finally, you can cut out your child's face from a photo so that the bank looks like your child!

bank in shape of girl with pig tails

About The Author: Teri Clark's interest in the new and different has led to a successful online writing career collaborating on nearly 100 books and hundreds of articles as an editor, researcher, ghostwriter and author. The North Carolina resident, along with her husband, homeschools their four children. Learn more at

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