How to Make a Piggy Bank From a Shadow Box Frame

Make it easier to save money with this adorable DIY rainy-day depository.

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Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Girls just wanna have funds and fun. What better way to do both than by turning a picture frame into a piggy bank. No matter what you are saving up for (more craft supplies) this bank may not accrue interest, but it is cuter than a drive-through ATM.

Check out this episode of DIY This With Jennifer Perkins for all the step-by-step details or keep reading.

Tools and Materials:

  • shadow box style picture frame
  • drill and bits
  • decorative paper
  • letter stickers
  • ruler
  • scissors

Add Background

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Take apart the picture frame. Cut a piece of decorative paper the exact size of the back of the frame. Adhere the paper to the frame back with glue or tape.

Give It a Name

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Use the adhesive letters to add text to the front of the frame's glass. We used “rainy day fund”, but something like "nest egg" or "vacation account" would be cute too. 
To make sure your letters are evenly spaced, place them half-way on a ruler first before placing them on the glass. This way you can lay the ruler on top of the glass to make sure your letters are placed where you want them and that they are evenly spaced. When you're satisfied with the placement and spacing, adhere the letters directly on the front of the glass. 

Cut Money Slot

Attach a cutting tool to your hand drill.  Mark a small rectangle on the top of the frame where you want the money slot to be. Cut a hole through the entire frame. Most shadowboxes have multiple parts, so you'll have to cut through both the outer and side frame.

Reassemble Frame Then Start Saving

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Put the frame back together so that the hole for money is now on top of the picture frame. Display and save away! (See more of this adorable tween bedroom.)

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