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Upcycled Water Jug Bank

Stay hydrated and get creative at the same time! Collage craft ideas take on a whole new look with this Upcycled Water Jug Bank from Savannah Starr. Add this bank you your desktop or mantel and start saving for a fantastic voyage or must-have product.

Upcycled Water Jug Bank


  • Empty water jug
  • Collage medium
  • Brush – 1/2″ shader
  • Tissue paper – colors of your choice
  • Magazine clippings – words of your choice
  • Ephmera of your choice – vintage travel prints, postcards
  • Charms of your choice


  1. Wipe down the outside of the water jug to clean the surface.

    Upcycled Water Jug Bank
  2. Select the items that you want to collage onto the water jug such as magazine clippings, postcard clip art, scrapbook papers and tissue papers. Tear the tissue into pieces. Cut or tear out magazine words.

    Upcycled Water Jug Bank
  3. Brush collage medium onto small section of jug.

    Upcycled Water Jug Bank
  4. Lay torn tissue into collage medium.

    Upcycled Water Jug Bank
  5. Brush over top of tissue with collage medium.

    Upcycled Water Jug Bank
  6. Repeat to add more tissue and magazine clippings.

    Upcycled Water Jug Bank
  7. I also glued vintage travel prints over the tissue paper.

    Upcycled Water Jug Bank
  8. I really like the look of the torn postcard!

    Upcycled Water Jug Bank
  9. Just to remind myself to save, save, save, I added a dollar sign charm to the throat of my collaged water jug.

    Upcycled Water Jug Bank
  10. I also left some areas of the water jug un-collaged so that I could peek in and see the coins and dollars that I have been dropping into my super cool new travel savings bank!

    Upcycled Water Jug Bank

For a comprehensive video tutorial of this project, check out How to Make a Collaged Water Jug Bank.


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I have a jar bank at home. It's nice to have a bigger jar for savings but it will take me hours or days to count all the money.

I saw the upcycled water jug bank, and loved it! I don't have a water jug, but I think a milk jug or any other large container would work. I'm going to try a milk jug.

We bring back our water jugs to the refilling station where they are washed and reused, so I can not see myself doing this exactly. However, there are so many other large plastic containers that we just put into the recycling bin, but not anymore. As I will be having those larges ones to collage and decoupage, maybe I will use them as huge vases for wild flowers outside! Any other ideas would be appreciated.

This is a great project for my craft class this winter. Thank you so much

I think this is a fabulous idea!! This would make a great Christmas gift!!!


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