How To Make ATM Piggy Bank For Kids

6 Materials
10 Minutes
Kids, no matter how young they are, should learn how to use their money wisely. However, this can be tough to do. Luckily, you can make a atm piggy bank for your kid so they can learn how to store and use their money properly.
This tutorial is about making your own piggy bank - but not just any kind. The finished product can be used by any kid (or kid at heart!). Aside from having fun with the process of making and designing, you will be able to store money by learning how to make an ATM piggy bank.
Your kids can use this atm piggy bank when playing with their other friends. Aside from being easy to make, it can also improve children’s imagination and love for playing games!

The cardboard needed should have specific measurements. Refer to the image for the dimensions and lines to be drawn.

For easier reference:
  • The solid lines show where you will cut.
  • The dotted lines show where you will glue other pieces
Cut along the solid lines using a cutter. Take a standard-sized card, like an ATM card and try putting it in the cut spaces to check if it fits.
Take another cardboard with the dimensions of 14.5 x 21 centimeters. Draw lines as illustrated in the image above. This cardboard makes up the bills compartment.
Then, cut along the solid lines on the cardboard. Use a glue gun to stick the long, straight surface of the cardboard to the dotted lines of the bigger cardboard.
Make sure that it is properly placed and that any card with a standard size can be inserted easily through the cut spaces.
Get a piece of 8 x 8 cm cardboard and fix it to the dotted lines with a hot glue gun.
Repeat these same steps for the four other cardboard pieces.
Place the toilet paper roll above the designated card slit. Mark and cut off the excess part of the toilet paper roll that peeks from above the piggy bank. After doing this, use a glue gun to secure one side of the roll to the cardboard.
Test if the card fits into the spaces without any struggle.
Next, place the 8 x 6 cm cardboard to cover the end sides of bills compartment using a glue gun.
Take the cardboard with dimensions 48 x 14.5 cm. Measure 13.5 cm from each of the two sides of the cardboard and fold. The middle part (21cm) of the base cardboard should accurately fit the sides of the body of the ATM piggy bank.
Once this is accomplished, use a glue gun to attach the base and the body of the ATM piggy bank together.
The 21 x 21 cm cardboard will be used as the slider. Without this, it will be impossible to get your bills and coins. The slider is important because it’s where the money passes when it is being withdrawn.
 Using a permanent marker, make an outline of the toilet paper roll and the adjacent sides of the 8 x 8 cm cardboard, and then cut along the outline. The circle is where you put the coins, while the square is where you put the bills.
You can now use colored paper, paint, and other decorative materials to design and finish up your ATM piggy bank. There is no limit to being creative!

With the numerous steps that we have shared, this ATM piggy bank might have seemed intimidating and difficult to copy. However, as long as you correctly follow the measurements of the cardboards, everything else will be a breeze!

If you want to see more interesting ideas, check out my youtube channel: Just5mins OR my super cool website:
Thanks so much for reading/watching!!

Suggested materials:

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  • Empty Toilet Paper Roll
  • Colored Paper
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  • Flo Flo on May 13, 2018

    I need measurements in inches, I do not know metric. Do you have those? I think this is a good project for my grandkids.


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  • Danielle Odin Danielle Odin on Jul 06, 2017
    To me, It just seems to reinforce the use of taking money OUT and not how to put it in. I remember my great-niece when she was about 5 years old, her mom told her she was out of money and the kid said, "just go to the ATM and get some." She had no idea that you need to save first before taking it out.

    • Sue Hill Sue Hill on Jul 06, 2017
      Yes. I like the idea of " some chores are paid and some of not -some ice cream trips are on adults and some are on Kiddo". Put your money in and get your money out. I have lots of grandkids and they have been taught responsibility pretty much this way.

  • Living Free Living Free on Oct 18, 2018

    It is a very good idea to teach them young to save. Thanks so much for sharing a cool saving project!