12.10.2014

DIY Holiday Money Banks


DIY Holiday Money Banks - An Upcycle Project, Felt Craft - LeroyLime


Mr. Banks doesn't have anything on these fun upcycled 
Holiday Money Banks. I made these for my kiddos 
since they were asking how they could earn money 
for Christmas gifts (and of course they needed 
something cute to put their money in) The best part, 
the banks double as Christmas decor!

DIY Holiday Money SANTA Bank - An Upcycle Project, Felt Craft - LeroyLime

I started by cutting out the patterns with felt and
laid the pieces on top of the empty scotch 
containers until I was happy with the 'look'.

DIY Holiday Money SANTA Bank - An Upcycle Project, Felt Craft - LeroyLime

Then the FUN part, gluing it all down...
since the hot glue hardens quickly, I found that
running a strip of glue along one side of the felt
and then rolling the container on top, to start,
worked best. Next I ran a strip along the top
and bottom, a bit in the middle (if you are quick)
and then I rolled the container on top using the 
weight of the container and my hands to flatten out
any bubbles. I left the end flap to glue down last
and then added another small strip, since the felt
didn't reach the entire way around my container.

DIY Holiday Money SANTA Bank - An Upcycle Project, Felt Craft - LeroyLime

Next the white trim pieces, first one, then
the other...

DIY Holiday Money SANTA Bank - An Upcycle Project, Felt Craft - LeroyLime

and finally the belt and holly. I attached the belt
the same as the larger red felt piece and then picked 
up the unglued end to wrap it in place. 

DIY Holiday Money SANTA Bank - An Upcycle Project, Felt Craft - LeroyLime

Next Mrs. Claus, isn't she sweet?

DIY Holiday Money MRS. CLAUS Bank - An Upcycle Project, Felt Craft - LeroyLime

I learned new tricks with each container
 and found that gluing the layers on before attaching 
them to the money banks worked best. For instance,
the felt buttons and pockets on the apron.

DIY Holiday Money MRS. CLAUS Bank - An Upcycle Project, Felt Craft - LeroyLime

and it wouldn't be Christmas without a Grinch in the
house, I know we have a couple here!

DIY Holiday Money GRINCH Bank - An Upcycle Project, Felt Craft - LeroyLime


I looked up a picture of the Grinch online and then 
free-hand cut out one eyebrow, laid it on top
of another piece of felt and mirrored the image  
and did the same with the eyes and eyeballs.
I was out of black felt but grey worked just fine.
Everything used for these projects I had on hand
so no last minute trips to the store...and if you don't
happen to have any scotch containers, you can 
always use a jar or can as well.

DIY Holiday Money GRINCH Bank - An Upcycle Project, Felt Craft - LeroyLime

The pom pom was a fun 3-D touch and the black
glitter glue was leftover from Halloween.

DIY Holiday Money GRINCH Bank - An Upcycle Project, Felt Craft - LeroyLime

My hubby cut slits in the tops of the containers 
with a tin snips and then filed down the sharp 
edges so no tiny fingers would be harmed. 

One of the ends of the scotch containers
opens up, so you could always use that to put
your money in as well, happy felting!



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