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I’m no stranger to crafting with a mail tube. I guess all my other mail tube projects have been leading up to this mail tube project. It’s the big mamma jamma of all mail tube projects. Pretty sure that’s the first time that sentence have ever been written.

If ever there was a time when my crafting obsession came roaring through, it was when I came across a four-foot-tall mail tube and thought, “hmm, that’d make an awesome pencil piggy bank.” When you see how this giant mail tube piggy bank came together, you’ll be running for the nearest office supply store. It’s easy. Super-deee-duper easy. Let’s go:

HOW TO MAKE THE BOTTOM OF YOUR PENCIL PIGGY BANK

DIY Giant Mail Tube Pencil Piggy Bank

You’ll need:

  • a 4″x 48″ Scotch Mail Tube
  • silver scrapbook paper
  • pink and yellow craft paint
  • a craft knife

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Paint the mail tube with yellow paint – leaving about 5″ of unpainted surface at the bottom of it.

DIY Giant Mail Tube Pencil Piggy Bank

Paint the bottom 5″ of the tube with pink paint

DIY Giant Mail Tube Pencil Piggy Bank

Cut the silver paper and wrap it around the bottom of the mail tube. You can adhere it with glue or double sided adhesive. I added some score lines to my silver paper to make it look more like a pencil but that’s up to you!

DIY Giant Mail Tube Pencil Piggy Bank

Trim a slit in the side of the mail tube for all that money you’ll be stashing away!

HOW TO MAKE THE TOP OF YOUR PENCIL PIGGY BANK

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You’ll Need:

  • Yellow, black, tan colored paint
  • foam brush
  • 4″ paper mache cone
  • hot glue gun – not pictured

DIY Giant Mail Tube Pencil Piggy Bank

Paint the entire cone with tan paint

DIY Giant Mail Tube Pencil Piggy Bank

Paint a zig-zag pattern with yellow paint. You’ll need a few coats of yellow paint to make sure it’s fully opaque and not tan paint is showing through.

DIY Giant Mail Tube Pencil Piggy Bank

Paint the “lead” with black paint

DIY Giant Mail Tube Pencil Piggy Bank

Use a hot glue gun to adhere the top of the pencil onto the mail tube. When you’ve done this, you can finish off the project by adding some more yellow paint any exposed glue to make for a seamless look.

DIY Giant Mail Tube Pencil Piggy Bank

DIY Giant Mail Tube Pencil Piggy Bank

DIY Giant Mail Tube Pencil Piggy Bank

DIY Giant Mail Tube Pencil Piggy Bank

DIY Giant Mail Tube Pencil Piggy Bank

DIY Giant Mail Tube Pencil Piggy Bank

DIY Giant Mail Tube Pencil Piggy Bank

DIY Giant Mail Tube Pencil Piggy Bank

Are you ready to put away some pennies in your own giant pencil piggy bank?! This bad boy was a blast to make and so so easy. Oh – and did I mention it’s cheap!? All the supplies ring in at about $20 bucks – and even less if you just use a mail tube that you receive in the actual mail!

Photography: Michelle Brener Photography

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26 thoughts on “DIY Giant Mail Tube Pencil Piggy Bank

  1. Really, really cute Amber! And so I see that I’m not the only one who tried to zero in on your cute shoes! Lol! Where’d you find those…please don’t tell me you designed them yourself! I don’t put anything past your creativity Amber. lol!

  2. This is so incredibly cute!!! I would never think to turn a mail tube into a piggy bank. And to everyone asking about the shoes, they are Kate Spade. I’ve been wanting them for forever! Lol!

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