Recycled Frog Bank
This Recycled Frog Bank is the perfect way to recycle those plastic drink cups into something useful and cute too. The kids will have fun making this project and saving their money.
Plastic cup with domed lid
Acrylic paint – green, lime green, aqua
Fine line paint brush
Craft foam – lime green, orange, black
Plastic water bottle caps (2)
Flat black marbles – black (2)
Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue
Small hole punch
Wood embellishments – heart and bug
Wash and dry plastic cup. Pour paint on to waxed paper. Dab cosmetic sponge into paint and dab onto plastic cup. Let first coat dry and then apply second coat.
Trace stomach pattern onto front of cup.
Fill in inside the pattern line with lime green acrylic paint.
Cut pop-up sponge into small square shape. Dip in water to pop-up sponge. Wring out all excess water. Dab into lime green paint and press onto cup in desired pattern.
Using liner brush, draw line around stamped squares and draw swirls on front.
Cut legs and arms from craft foam. Glue in place on cup. (You will need to hold the pieces for several minutes while glue starts to hold.)
Cut tongue from fun foam. Determine placement of mouth line. Cut hole in lid with craft knife and carefully press tongue into hole. Glue wooden embellishments into place.
Trace mouth pattern onto lid of cup.
Cut strip of black craft foam and glue in place over pattern line.
Paint water bottle caps white using cosmetic sponge. Let dry.
Glue caps together to create eyes and glue marbles in place on top of caps. Let glue dry completely.
Glue eyes to top of lid. Let dry completely. The kids can drop their coins in the top of the bank and can remove the coins by removing the domed lid from the plastic cup.
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Heidi Borchers hails from the first family of crafting. As daughter of Aleene Jackson, inventor of Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Heidi's creative design projects have delighted worldwide crafters for over 30 years. Heidi’s specialty is eco-crafting and she is the author of hundreds of craft books. She is co-host of Inspired at Home Radio, a live weekly talk-radio show featuring ideas for living a creative life. www.inspiredathome.com