DIY Barnyard Friends Banks

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Looking for a fun project to do with the kids as summer winds down? Why not personalize a cute animal bank? These are so easy to make, and kids from 1-100 will enjoy painting them. Take a look:

You’ll need:

Bisque Cow or Pig Bank

Acrylic paint, your choice of colors

Mod Podge: Gloss formula


Step 1: Get your favorite bank(s) from a local DIY Pro Studio.

You can find your nearest one by entering your zip code at Then, call to see if they have the cow and/or pig in stock. If not, they will easily be able to order one for you, or you can choose from the other adorable figurines they have on the shelf.

Step 2: Paint a base coat.

Use any color(s) of acrylic or multi-surface paint you like to paint your animal a base color. Little Crafter opted for a teal cow, while his friend went with a more traditional white. Unlike when painting bisque with glazes and having it fired in a kiln, the color you see with the acrylic paint is the color your project will stay. If you leave the bisque unpainted, it will have become a light ivory color when sealed (like my sample pig), so if you want pure, bright white (like our sample cow), you’ll need to paint a base coat using white paint.

Step 3: Paint details.

Once the base coat is completely dry, use other colors to add details, like spots, the insides of ears, noses, and more. Feel free to get as creative as you like.

You can even use a paint marker or a permanent marker to add hand lettering if you like, for example, I turned a piggy into my own personal Starbucks fund. For quick tips on hand lettering, check out my faux calligraphy tutorial and this video.

Step 4: Erase any pencil marks and/or unwanted paint.

The Tombow Sand Eraser is a great tool for this! Most standard erasers won’t be able to remove the paint.

Step 5: Apply a coat of Mod Podge.

Wait for all of the paint to dry, then seal your bank with a thin, even coat of Mod Podge. I like using the Gloss formula because it gives your piece a shiny finish, but you can also use a different formula, like Extreme Glitter, Glow in the Dark, or any other variety of Mod Podge you prefer.

I chose Mega Glitter for my pig, and I love how it turned out! Once the Mod Podge is dry, your bank is ready to display and use! This is a really fun and simple project for artists of all ages, and you can’t deny how cute these little farm animals are.

Find your nearest DIY Pro Studio today and bring home your own barnyard friend to paint and enjoy! Kids of all ages {including me!} will love this project; make one for yourself or create one as a gift for someone else. I’d love to see your version…be sure to share photos of your latest projects in the Amy Latta and Friends Facebook Group. See you there!


DIY Barnyard Friends Banks

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