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DIY Robot Bank

One of our favorite projects from Amanda Kingloff's book, Project Kid, this adorable robot bank is made from materials you probably already have at home.

What You'll Need:

  • 2 clear plastic 8-ounce cups
  • Mod Podge
  • 1-inch foam brush
  • Silver and turquoise glitter
  • Masking tape (optional)
  • Hot-glue gun
  • One 26-ounce clear plastic snack container (Archer Farms snacks from Target are sold in this size)
  • Electrical tape
  • 2 all-purpose vinyl-coated clips
  • Split flexible tubing
  • One 18-ounce oatmeal container
  • Scissors
  • Glittered craft paper
  • Tacky glue
  • 15 inches of ribbon or rickrack
  • 2-inch
  • Styrofoam ball
  • 6 cotton swabs
  • 6 pennies
  • Green and red paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Black permanent marker
  • Silver cord
  • 1 sink strainer


1. To make the robot's legs, coat the inside of the plastic cups with Mod Podge and pour about 2 tablespoons of silver glitter into one cup. Hold the cups together, openings facing each other, and shake to distribute the glitter. Add more glitter if needed. (You might want to tape the cups together to prevent a sparkly mess.) Once the cups are dry, shake out the excess and hot-glue them to the bottom of the snack container, open end down.

2. To make the arms, use electrical tape to attach the clips to two 4-inch pieces of tubing. Hot-glue the flat ends of the tubes to the sides of the snack container.

3. To make the head, cut off 5 inches from the top portion of the oatmeal container and discard the bottom section.

4. Cut craft paper to make a 5-inch-wide-by-14-inch-long strip. (You may have to tape two pieces together.) Wrap it around the oatmeal container, and affix it with glue. Put a line of hot glue on the inside edge of the snack container opening and place the cut end of the oatmeal container into the opening; hold it in position until the glue has set. Wrap electrical tape around the "neck" to cover any messy glue line.

Available at Amazon. Excerpted from Project Kid by Amanda Kingloff (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2014. Photographs by Alexandra Grablewski."

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