I'm not the craftiest person out there, so please don't laugh when I say I'm very happy with my latest little craft-y project.
I bought this piggy bank from Target for $2.50 when their Christmas stuff went on sale.
I did a couple of light coats of Rustoleum's Bright Coat Metallic Finish spray paint in Dark Bronze from Lowes. (Don't buy it from Amazon for $10, it was less than $4 at Lowes - I just wanted to show the exact product.) I was very pleased with the finish - kind of rough with lots of sheen to it.
I made a special trip out to Hobby Lobby to find a cool stencil for the side, but in the end didn't like anything I saw (lots of cute girly options - of course), so I ended up making my own by printing out a giant cents symbol and tracing it on both sides with a pencil. (Not too creative - I know, but I wanted it to feel a little old school.) Vinyl or stickers would be adorable here if you would like to do this project yourself.
Then I used some leftover antiqued gold craft paint to carefully paint in the cents symbol and add the eyes back on (he looked a little soulless without them).
I think he's adorable. My son is already having the best time filling him up and he's definitely learning the value of a dollar. I like to let him walk on my back when I want a cheap massage - and now he's decided to start charging me for the pleasure (!). I've been using it as a teaching tool by going over the names and values of the different coins, as well as talking about the value of saving up for something big. Not bad for $2.50, right?