Personal banker…


With the way things on Wall Street and in the banking sector, you may wish to go back to the old fashioned kind of banking. Here is a cute project that will help your children design their very own bank so that they can start saving.

You will need:

  • a small shoebox or cardboard box
  • box cutter
  • patterned paper- 2 12 x 12 sheets
  • coordinating soild colors
  • glue stick
  • ribbon
  • Tim Holtz charm or another kind of hanging decoration

Begin with taping your box closed with packing tape. A parent should make the slit in the top of the cardboard box and a possible escape hatch in the back or bottom where the money can be extracted. Next you will use your 12 x 12 patterned paper to “wrap” the box like a present making sure to adhere to the cardboard box with glue stick. Our box was a little too long to cover the ends and so after folding the edges in and taping we cut another piece to use to cover the ends.

After the box is completely covered, an adult should go back with the box cutter and cut through the paper to match the previous cut made in the cardboard box. Measure your hole and cut a coordinating paper slightly larger than the length and width of the hole. Using a ruler to make sure your lines are straight, but another two slits in the coordinating paper the length of the hole and slightly apart. Make one angled slit across to cut the center. Fold the two tabs back. This will add some strength to the edges of the opening. Adhere the paper to the top of the box over the opening and pushing the two tabs down into opening.

Using stickers, die cuts or however you wish, make a name plate for the front of your bank. Bailey chose to have the word “Bank” in die cuts. Using another coordinating paper make a strip that encircles the box on all sides. Make sure your strip is slightly larger than the name plate. Before gluing the strip completely down we added a length of ribbon under the strip so that we could attach a charm next to the name plate. Glue your strip all the way around your bank and then adhere the name plate to the front of your bank.

We created a charm the same way we did last week using only one fragment this time. When it was completely dry we attached it to the ribbon and tied a bow. (If you need to see the directions search the blog for the “puppy on a chain” entry.)

Ta-Da you have your own personal bank.


Tara and Bailey

This entry was inspired by a project from Paper Crafting with Kids magazine.


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One Response to “Personal banker…”

  1. Robyn Says:

    This is great!

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