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Eco Froggy Bank

Recycle your plastic cup after enjoying a cool, frothy drink by making this Eco Froggy Bank from Heidi Borchers. Create this recycled craft instead of throwing away your used cup. All you have to do is rinse it out - be sure to save the domed lid!

Eco Froggy Bank


  • Plastic cup with domed lid
  • Acrylic paint – green, lime green, aqua
  • Cosmetic sponge
  • Pop-up sponge
  • Fine line paint brush
  • Craft foam – lime green, orange, black
  • Plastic water bottle caps (2)
  • Flat black marbles – black (2)
  • Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue
  • Craft knife
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Small hole punch
  • Wood embellishments – heart and bug
  • Patterns


  1. Wash and dry plastic cup. Pour paint on to waxed paper. Dab cosmetic sponge into paint and dab onto plastic cup. Let first coat dry and then apply second coat.

    Eco Froggy Bank
  2. Trace stomach pattern onto front of cup.

    Eco Froggy Bank
  3. Fill in inside the pattern line with lime green acrylic paint.

    Eco Froggy Bank
  4. Cut pop-up sponge into small square shape. Dip in water to pop-up sponge. Wring out all excess water. Dab into lime green paint and press onto cup in desired pattern.

    Eco Froggy Bank
  5. Using liner brush, draw line around stamped squares and draw swirls on front.

    Eco Froggy Bank
  6. Cut legs and arms from craft foam. Glue in place on cup. (You will need to hold the pieces for several minutes while glue starts to hold.)

    Eco Froggy Bank
  7. Cut tongue from fun foam. Determine placement of mouth line. Cut hole in lid with craft knife and carefully press tongue into hole. Glue wooden embellishments into place.

    Eco Froggy Bank
  8. Trace mouth pattern onto lid of cup.

    Eco Froggy Bank
  9. Cut strip of black craft foam and glue in place over pattern line.

    Eco Froggy Bank
  10. Paint water bottle caps white using cosmetic sponge. Let dry.

    Eco Froggy Bank
  11. Glue caps together to create eyes and glue marbles in place on top of caps. Let glue dry completely.

    Eco Froggy Bank
  12. Glue eyes to top of lid. Let dry completely. The kids can drop their coins in the top of the bank and can remove the coins by removing the domed lid from the plastic cup.

For a comprehensive video tutorial, check out How to Make an Eco Froggy Kids Bank.

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