Papier-Mâché Piggy Bank
Grade Levels: K - 6
Extend your Charlotte's Web Unit with this fun art activity. Make papier-mâché piggy banks that resemble Wilbur.
- A balloon
- Masking tape
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 1/2 cup of water
- 4 cups of boiling water
- Pink tempera paint (or any other color you'd like your pig to be)
- Masking tape
- A pink pipe cleaner
- A knife (a craft knife will work best)
- A paper egg carton
- Black paint or markers
- Blow up a balloon.
- Cut a bunch of 1-inch wide strips of newspaper. Put them to the side for later use.
- Mix a cup or so of flour and 1 cup of water together in a mixing bowl. Stir it well, until the mixture is thin.
- Stir in 4 cups of boiling water.
- Let the mixture simmer for about 3 minutes, then leave it to cool. This will be your glue.
- Take the strips of newspaper you've cut, dip them one at a time in the flour glue, and wrap them around the balloon.
- Cover the balloon with about two to three layers of newspaper strips. Allow each layer to dry well before adding another.
- After you've completely covered the balloon, let it dry for a day or two.
- When it's completely dry, make a tiny opening so that you can pop the balloon and remove it from the inside. This will be the body and head of the pig.
- Separate five sections of the paper egg carton.
- Attach one egg carton section for each leg and one for the snout, using the masking tape.
- Paint your pig. Then allow the paint to dry for several hours.
- Make a small hole at the end of the pig for its tail.
- Shape the pipe cleaner into a spiral and insert it into the hole.
- Take a marker or some black paint, and give your pig eyes.
- Cut a slot at the top of the body, where you can drop your money.