The other day, I was looking for a piggy bank because I wanted to start saving spare change but I realized I didn’t own one! So I thought I’d make a quick art project out of it.
I reclaimed a powdered milk tin can from our junk pile and chose one that wasn’t so old and rusty. To make it look nice, I decided to wrap it in style with denim. I’ve kept a stash of denim scraps from cutting pants into shorts last summer. I think there are many creative things you can do with them (Like last Christmas I wrapped presents in denim. See it here)! My denim covered coin back turned out to be very easy to make! Here’s how:
1) Prepare the materials.
– A tin can. Preferably something that will fit snugly into a pant leg.
– Old jeans you’re willing to cut
– cutting board and cutter
2) Cut the middle part of a pant leg. Depending on how narrow the jeans are and the height of the can, cut the part where it will fit nice and tight. Provide at least three inches allowance on both ends.
3) Insert the can through the denim. Fold top end into the can and the bottom end into a neat fold.
4) Get the tin can lid and use your cutter and cutting mat to cut a slit on the middle. Make it big enough to fit a ten peso coin.
5) Put the lid back on the can. Because the layer of denim makes the rim thicker, it will be a bit tight and the lid will be both harder to put on and take out, which is good. But you can also glue it shut if you really don’t want to get tempted to retrieve your coins prematurely!
So it wouldn’t look so drab, you can improvise and decorate it by gluing or stitching on buttons, fabric patches, lace, ribbon, etc. You can even paint on it! It’s absolutely up to you. I chose to doodle on it using markers.
And there you go — A unique and cool looking denim coin bank! Be creative and make saving up a little bit more inspiring!