Modern Piggy Bank for $1

I'm so excited to share this project with you guys! When I first stared MJ&G I shared a dump truck piggy bank I came up with using a dollar store shadow box frame.  I've come up with a more grown up version for you today!
This project was seriously difficult to photograph, but it's stunning in person I promise.

What you need-
Inexpensive shadow box frame (I picked up mine at the Dollar Tree)
Shelf lining paper (or something to act as a mask) I used clear shelf lining plastic
Frost spray paint
Double stick tape
Pretty paper (or fabric) size of photo frame is made for

Decide which words you would like on your bank.  I used- change, save, bank, coins, fund.  My frame is 4x6 so that's all I could fit.

Cut the words out of your shelf liner with an exacto knife or using a paper cutting machine if you have one.  We are just using the actual letters as the mask portion.  Apply the letter to the glass on the outside.
Tape off the front of the frame with painters tape.  My frost paint covers in one coat.  Read the directions on your brand. Once dry peal the letter masks off.  Mine left some sticky behind so I used glass cleaner to get it off in the end.
This photo was before I cleaned the extra sticky off.
Cut a piece of pretty paper (or fabric) the size of the back of the frame.  I used double stick tape to adhere my paper.  A solid color will make the words easier to see, a patterned paper (like I used) will make it a somewhat hidden image from straight on, I thought that was kind of fun.
Once your paper is attached to the cardboard backing, use an exacto knife to cut a slit big enough for your change or dollars to fit through.
Put it back together and admire!  Now make one for everyone on your holiday shopping list!

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  1. I love it! Thanks so much!

  2. So stinkin cute! I must make one! :)

  3. Love this. So cute and unique!

  4. I love this! I can't wait to make one!

  5. Such a cute idea!! Thanks!

  6. I love this! Home run Taylor!

  7. Very cute! What great gifts!!


  8. I love this! I've been looking for a shadowbox frame at dollar stores since i saw the dump truck one. But none of the Dollar Trees in my area have them when I've looked. :(

  9. your amazing I have to try this!

  10. What a super cute and fun way to save money:0)

  11. I LOVE it so Darn cute, I also made your Dump truck one in February I believe, it was adorable too I have seen a cute change purse one for little girls somewhere also.(wish I Could remember were) I couldn't find any frames at my dollar tree I hit up about 4 of them but Linens and things had some for $8 and I had a coupon so I bought 2, there a little thinner but still work. Thank you for the wonderful ideas.

  12. Oh that is sheer brilliance my friend. I totally love it.

  13. I'm flabbergasted by the brilliance of this-- thanks for sharing!

  14. I ma totally going to do that for Christmas presents! Woohoo! Thanks so much for the idea!

  15. Love it!
    can't wait to make one with my 4 yr old grandson!

  16. Love this idea!!!! I featured it on my friday favorites!!

  17. I loved how mine turned out so much I had to put a link to your post on my blog. Thanks so much!