How to Glitter a Dollar Store Piggy Bank

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I am a huge fan of glitter.  I mean, what’s not to like?  It just seems to make everything feel a little more special.  Glitter is also a great way to jazz up something that’s plain or has even seen better days.  For this project, I took a plain ol’ piggy bank from the dollar store and decided to make it shine!

How to Glitter a Dollar Store Piggy Bank

Supplies needed

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Piggy Bank
Fine or Ultra Fine Glitter – You’ll want a fairly large quantity.  You don’t use that much, but it makes life easier
Spray adhesive or mod podge
Spray sealer

Scrap paper
Paper towels
Fine grit Sandpaper

Directions

Clean the piggy bank.  I used a damp paper towel to wipe off the dust and dirt.  There wasn’t really any greasy residue.

My piggy bank had a matte, porous finish.  If yours has a glossy finish, you may want to rough up the surface by lightly sanding it.

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Spray with adhesive.  Be sure to get all sides and angles.  You want to do this outside, as spray adhesive has quite the odor.

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Place scrap paper down.  Place the piggy bank on the paper.  Sprinkle very liberally with glitter.

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Roll the pig on the side and sprinkle glitter on the side.  Repeat for every angle.  Shake off the excess glitter & return to jar.

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If necessary, add more adhesive and sprinkle with additional glitter.  Shake off excess glitter & return to jar.  Let sit for a couple hours.

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If desired, finish your item with a spray sealer.  This helps to prevent the glitter from shedding and getting all over the place.

Total Cost:

$1 for the Piggy Bank
$3 for a jar of glitter
$8 for a can of Spray adhesive
$7 for a can of Spray Sealer

You use very little of the glitter, adhesive, and sealer.  Less than 1/10th of the can!

Total Time:

10 minutes work time, 2 hours or so dry time.

Tips:

If you use spray adhesive, and your glitter starts to melt, let it dry and switch to Mod Podge!

If your glitter melts, DO NOT use spray sealer.

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About Greta Brinkley

Greta is a newly minted 30 year old, originally from the West Coast. Now living in the Midwest, she loves hockey, sparkles, nail polish, and bright colors. She also cannot resist anything that has peanut butter and chocolate together. And she hates filling out bios. Yep.

Comments

  1. How cute – now since I can never put money in one, it will still look great!! ha/ha Pinned & Tweeted!

  2. Oh my, I have an unhealthy addiction to glitter, so I LOVE this! I might try this with some stuff for my wedding party (glitter shoes anyone???). Awesome post!

  3. Now who wouldn’t love a glittered piggy bank? I know I do! I gotta do this! Thanks for sharing! Pinned and Tweeted!

  4. Okay, this is such a cute idea. I LOVE anything glittery and so does my daughter. Can’t wait to try it!

  5. Eeek! LOVE this! I am a fool for all things glittery.

  6. This is awesome! I love glitters and so does my girl but I cannot stand for glitters falling off on my clothes, hahaha.

  7. creative! feels like christmas

  8. Such a cute little piggie, you KNOW I love me some Glitter, sparkle and shine!

  9. Kera Adams says:

    What a difference. That is adorable and cheap :)

  10. What a cute idea. My daughter would love this.

  11. Claire Rheinheimer says:

    This is brilliant! I may have to try a version of this for my daughter’s graduation open house- I need something to put cards in and she loves glitter!

  12. I think I’d do this in a big box to keep the glitter from going all over. Cute pig.

  13. RICHARD HICKS says:

    Thats a very festive pig all sparkly and all. Looks like fun to make!

  14. natalie parvis says:

    This is really cute! A fun craft for kids!

  15. That’s pretty cute. I would have never thought of it. It sure looks better now.

  16. rochelle haynes says:

    This is very nice and colorful.

  17. Brooke F. says:

    Very cute! I love glitter (especially pink glitter)! Thank you for the idea!

  18. shelly peterson says:

    Love this craft idea! it’s so cute. My nieces would love to make these.

  19. What an adorable project! Thank you for posting!!!!

  20. Nancy Loring says:

    My daughter is making this as I write this. She says thank you. My kitchen is covered in glitter but we can’t think of a better way to start summer vacation.

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