Upcycled Kids Bank

Upcycled Kids Bank
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You'll Need

coffee can

Mod Podge (any kind)

foam or paint brush

scrapbook or construction paper

stickers, die-cuts or foam shapes

letters or other embellishments



Looking for a fun way to teach your kids about saving and spending money wisely? Why not help them create a personalized bank with an "upcycled" (repurposed) coffee can? This project is simple and easy to make from supplies you may already have on hand.

Difficulty: Easy

Ages: 4 and up.


Step 1 - Prep your coffee can. Make sure the coffee can is empty of grounds and clean, ready to use. Peel off any stickers or labels, as these may cause your Mod Podge and scrap paper to ripple when drying (if left on). You could also use a smaller coffee can or mixed nut can for this project if you want a smaller bank. (Any tin can with a plastic lid will work.)

Step 2 - Prep your scrapbook or construction paper. I used a few pieces of 12 x 12" scrapbook paper and cut them in half. As my coffee can was the large size, it required 2 pieces of 6 x 12" paper to wrap around the circumference of the can.Thus, I used 2 different papers, overlapping, to completely cover my can.


Step 3 - Cover a section of the can with Mod Podge, and then apply your paper to it (using the Mod Podge as glue). Continue this process until your can is completely covered. Let your paper dry (about 20 - 30 minutes). This is a great time for a snack!

Step 4 - Apply stickers, die-cuts, letters or other embellishments to the can. I had Buzz Lightyear stickers and pre-cut letters in my scrapbook stash, which turned out pretty cute, I think!

Step 5 - Cover the entire can with another layer of Mod Podge and let it dry completely (about 2 - 3 hours). I set mine up high over night so little hands couldn't reach it quite yet.

Step 6 - Cut a small slit in the plastic lid of the coffee can just large enough for coins and folded bills to fit through and place on your new upcycled bank!

Enjoy your new savings teaching tool and your kids will too!

*Note: I allowed my 3 year old to "help" create his bank, but it was a lot of work for little hands. So I recommend this project for ages 4 and up.


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