How I Turned A Kid's Piggy Bank Into Glittery Grown-Up Decor - That Cheap Bitch

How I Turned A Kid’s Piggy Bank Into Glittery Grown-Up Decor

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

A few weekends ago, my roommate and I decided it was time to make our apartment look like a home instead of a storage unit. After a trip to the thrift store and a run to Michael’s crafts, we were ready to get our craft on. My favorite project from our 12 hour craft bender so far is definitely this piggy bank refashion.

I started out with a fox (or, maybe a cat, but I’ve decided it’s a fox) piggy bank that I bought from Goodwill for a few dollars. I’ve named her Foxy, and she was in need of a fabulous makeover.

piggy bank refashion before

 

Using Martha Stewart glass paint in white, I painted on a quick coat to prime her. I didn’t pay much attention to the brush strokes. If you try this at home, you could probably cover your piggy bank much faster with spray paint. But with a small apartment, no yard space, and freezing temperatures, I didn’t have anywhere that I could use spray paint without inhaling fumes.

first step piggy bank refashion

After the first coat, I used my foam paint brush to dab on another layer of white paint. Dabbing it on with the sponge brush gave Foxy a soft texture, and the coverage was great. Spray painting Foxy would have given her a totally smooth finish, but I think it ended up looking like fur, so it worked out just fine. Here’s what she looked like after the last coat of paint.

before glitter piggy bank refashionI liked how clean the piggy bank looked, but “clean” and “sleek” are not adjectives that I particularly identify with. I missed Foxy’s cute eyelashes, and wanted to give her some color. I used a small paint brush and painted over her eyelashes and the inside of her ears with ModPodge. Then I sprinkled on some Martha Stewart fine gold glitter. This article might seem like an advertisement for Martha Stewart craft supplies, but it is not. She just makes adorable shit.

glitter eyes piggy bank refashion

Lastly, I brushed off the excess glitter with my sponge brush and let it dry. After it was firmly stuck there, I painted over the glitter with ModPodge to set it. The eyelashes aren’t totally perfect, but I’m not beating myself up over it. Love your imperfections, yo! Foxy is basically a role model for body positivity now.

piggy bank refashion

I love the way Foxy looks in my living room, and I give myself a pat on the back every time I see her. Go me!


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