This post is sponsored by Savers. All opinions are my own.
My boys love helping and getting involved when making a gift for someone. It helps them feel apart of the whole gift giving experience. This year, I found a major score of this adorable, large piggy bank at Savers! I knew it was perfect to personalize with my boys and gift to my aunt, who absolutely loves pigs, for her birthday. She watches my boys a few times a month and they are always over the moon excited to go and visit and spend the day with their great Aunt. It was really important that we find something they could help make for her birthday so that the gift was just as much from them as it was from me.
- Ceramic piggy bank (or vase, etc)
- Couple small tubes of paint, your choice of colors
- Sponge-tipped paint brush
With how big this piggy bank was, we could easily fit all their handprints around it and create a personalized gift that would also be functional for her!
We started by grabbing four different colors – a different color for each hand to make their prints stand out from each other’s so it wouldn’t look like a big mass of fingers when they all came together. You could use just a single color, if preferred.
I poured a little bit of paint onto a paper plate and then used a sponge-tipped paint brush to paint right onto my son’s hand coating all the areas that would touch the pig. Then, immediately place their hand slowly into position onto the pig, being very careful not to move their hand while you’re pressing down the paint.
The paint will dry really quickly, so just have them hold their hand to the piggy bank for a few seconds while you press on their hand to make sure it had good contact through their palm and fingers. If you have any weird smudges from kids moving their hands, just wipe off the paint before it dries completely and start over or rub away the slight smudges if needed.
Repeat with all the prints you want to make to your piggy bank, then allow to dry completely.
The next day, I let the two older boys write their own names next to their handprints and then wrote my younger two boys names using a sharpie.
I absolutely loved how the piggy bank turned out, it is a really sweet personalized gift that took just about 10 minutes in total to make! Best of all, this gift was under $10 since we found this piggy bank at Savers!
You could apply this same idea of personalizing something you find that is still in good condition from Savers. A vase would be really cute with handprints and you could deliver a bouquet of flowers in the vase! Or keep your eyes open and see what else you can find that fits the personality of the person you are making the gift for.
My aunt loved how thoughtful the gift was and immediate went to grab her coin jar that was just collecting in an empty can and let the boys help her fill up her new piggy bank.
When you’re looking to create your own personalized gifts this season, stop into Savers and use just a little bit of creativity to see what you can re-purpose and turn into a beautiful and heartfelt gift on a budget! They are also the perfect place to search for white elephant gifts or the perfect tacky Christmas sweater for upcoming parties you may be attending!
Also, December is the perfect time to consider going through your home and donating those things your family is no longer using. All Savers across the country partner with a community based nonprofit organization. Savers pays its nonprofit partner for every single donation that comes into their location, regardless of if that item sells. Donations in the Phoenix valley help support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona. Many locations also offer a discount coupon to use on your next Savers purchase, too, as thanks for your donation. Plus, your donations can act as a tax deduction, just in time before the end of the year!
So what are you waiting for? Head in and donate your unused goods and then start shopping for the perfect holiday gifts!
Sunday 25th of January 2015
This is cute and great project for the kids
Tuesday 6th of January 2015
What a cute DIY. Thank you for sharing.
Kristin Wheeler (@MamaLuvsBooks)
Saturday 13th of December 2014
Very cute! I've seen those blank piggy banks around. Didn't think to personalize them.
Friday 12th of December 2014
How cute and creative! This is so simple, i love the little handprints!
Friday 12th of December 2014
This is totally a cute idea! I would need to make one for me and my recipient!