• Raising Boys

  • In The Kitchen

  • Family Travels

Upcycled Piggy Bank Craft

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s Earth Month, a chance for us to remember where everything we need actually comes from, and to treat it with the respect it deserves. Our planet should be celebrated and honored, and above all, cared for.

While recycling and upcycling are always a great idea, this month we are reminded to make it a priority to leave a lighter footprint. Tom’s of Maine is celebrating Earth Month with Target through the Less Waste Challenge, and we are joining the challenge here too! We pledge to reduce 1 lb. of waste per week by creating unique recycled and upcycled DIY projects that add something to our lives.

crafts with kids

In the spirit of the #LessWasteChallenge, we created a homemade piggy bank craft with a Tom’s of Maine Wicked Fresh Mouthwash bottle, because Tom’s of Maine loves the Earth too. Their products originate from recyclable or renewable plant-based resources and the packaging is recyclable through TerraCycle®.

We bought everything at our local Target, which offers a big selection of Tom’s of Maine, in particular items that are exclusive to Target: Sensitive Fragrance-Free body wash and soap bar, Kid’s Gel and Toddler Value Pack. We have been using the Tom’s of Maine Fragrance-Free body wash to bath our boys because it is gentle on their young skin.

Upcycled Piggy Bank Craft

Our DIY Piggy Bank craft is a unique project that reuses Tom’s of Maine mouthwash bottles, can be done with even young children (my five year old son made today’s craft), and celebrates Earth Month too because we used various recycled materials.


Empty, washed bottle of Tom’s of Maine Wicked Fresh! Mouthwash
X-acto knife or similar cutting utensil
construction paper
glue stick

homemade piggy bank diy upcycle craft


1. Remove labels on bottle and rinse out.
2. Cut out shape of the pig’s ears, eyes, and tail and glue onto bottle to create the body.
3. Using X-acto knife, cut out the coin slot on the wide side of the bottle.
4. Set onto your child’s desk and throw in the first quarter.

Voilà! A homemade Piggy Bank that your child can proudly make (not including the cutting part) and use to hold all that money they save! Obviously your child may want to create another sort of bank (ie an airplane, a dog, etc) so let them be creative and make whatever the like. This is a great chance to get creative, have fun together, and learn about upcycling and saving money with your children too.

The best part about using the Tom’s of Maine Wicked Fresh! Mouthwash bottle (aside from the Cool Mountain Mint flavor that works really well to freshen breath without drying the mouth out or burning at all) is that you don’t have to worry if your children drop it. Standard piggy banks for children are ceramic, sometimes even glass, so I never left any within their reach (and then, what was the point? They couldn’t pop in coins whenever they wanted to if it was kept away on a high shelf). It is so much better to reuse and save, and the Tom’s of Maine Wicked Fresh! Mouthwash bottle is white, an ideal base to color on.

doy homemade piggy bank craft

It’s better for you

You can find Tom’s of Maine at Target, and buying their products is not only better for your family, because they are 100% sourced from natural, but better for the Earth. Tom’s of Maine sources from suppliers and regions which promote basic human rights, and donates 10% of profits to human and environmental goodness.

Tom’s of Maine products are free of artificial colors, flavors, and fragrances. You can enjoy the fresh, natural tastes and smells of the herbs, fruits, and flowers of the ingredients it contains, or no fragrance at all in their fragrance-free varieties.

There are also no artificial preservatives in Tom’s of Maine products- no parabens, formaldehyde, EDTA, etc. Natural preservatives are usually better anyway! Products are sourced and derived from nature, with ingredients that are simple and easy to understand, and never tested on animals.

Take the #LessWasteChallenge ♥︎

Ready to join the pledge with me? Share how you are joining in on the #LessWasteChallenge on your social media and reducing one pound of waste a week. Upcycling keeps waste out of landfills and it is a step toward a better world for our children and their children, so for us, this is how we plan to reduce waste.

Use the Cartwheel offer to save.

Toms of Maine products

Visit Toms of Maine’s website for more information.

Visit Sponsors Site