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Paint Your Own Kids Banks

Updated on August 30, 2017
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Let's get creative! Cheryl likes creating art, among other things. Here are some creative ideas to get your imagination going.

Kids can have fun decorating their own coin bank

Looking for an activity for kids to do, that also gives them something to keep? The Melissa and Doug - Decorate Your Own Cupcake Bank is a fun painting activity.

The bank has a smooth surface, is small enough for kids hands to hold, and it holds more than a hand full of coins too.

All the supplies that you need are included in the kit. There is enough paint to have a variety of color combinations, for the kids' creativity to come through.

Photo credit for the kit supplies and cup for rinsing, is to the author of this page.

Important Note

This paint is not meant to easily wash out of clothes.

Lay down paper to protect the painting area.

Have the kids wear old clothes or smocks.

Included in the kit is the bank, paint, and brush. - All you need to provide is water for rinsing, and paper towels.

Being an artist myself, I like good brushes. The brush in this kit worked well for its intended use. There's no need to buy extra.

This painting craft is recommended for children ages 8 and older.

There is a rubber stopper at the bottom of the bank.

Melissa & Doug Cupcake Bank - Dyo
Melissa & Doug Cupcake Bank - Dyo

I would say that the cupcake bank can easily hold 100 coins. I put in 54 coins of various sizes, including pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters, and it was less than half full.


If you're doing this as a party, etc., here are some steps to keep in mind.

  1. Cover the working surface with paper, plastic, or vinyl; something that can get paint on it, and it be okay.
  2. Set cups with water around that the kids can rinse their brushes in, before changing the paint color.
  3. Provide a paper towel to each child to dry their brush off, after having rinsed it in the water.
  4. Shake the paint up well before opening the paint.

As a parent, what is your opinion on the paint?

The paint in these kits are meant to hold up, therefore they are considered permanent.

For an item that is going to be around for a while, do you want paint that can be easily rinsed off, or paint that is permanent?

Cupcake with one coat of paint.
Cupcake with one coat of paint.

I painted the whole cupcake with one coat of paint.

I like to be pretty neat, and it took me about an hour to do one coat. That time is with the supplies already in place.

It looks pretty decent, but light in places, especially the pink on the wrapper part.

Below is a photo of the cupcake with a second coat of paint. The second coat only took about 25 minutes, and it darkened everything up.

On the second coat, I painted the wrapper part using alternating stripes of pink and red.

The painted cupcake with a second coat, and red stripes on the wrapper.

The painted cupcake with a second coat, and red strips on the wrapper.
The painted cupcake with a second coat, and red strips on the wrapper.

The finished dried painting is not quite as glossy as it looks in the photo, but it is smooth to handle.

Here is a link to order the Melissa & Doug Cupcake Bank at Amazon.

Check out other kids banks by Melissa and Doug at Amazon.

What do you think of the Decorate Your Own Cupcake Bank?

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      @Ibidii: I agree ibidii. Painting these fun banks can be done anytime. : )

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      Ibidii 3 years ago

      Great idea for the kids to do on a rainy day or snow day or fun weekend or summer project!

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      Cheryl Paton 4 years ago from West Virginia

      @Blockparty: Thank you Blockparty.

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      Blockparty 4 years ago

      Sooo cute!

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      attentiveholiday 4 years ago

      good looks like fun

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      Jeri Baker 4 years ago

      This looks like fun! May have to make one for myself.

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

      Looks like a pretty fun outdoor project. Yes, it would be a great birthday party idea with kids old enough to be careful with paint.

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      Cheryl Paton 4 years ago from West Virginia

      @noner: Thank you Nonersays. It's also fun to paint one yourself. I have mine setting on my dresser.

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      noner 4 years ago

      Its cute! Makes me wish I had a girl to paint one with!

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      Cheryl Paton 4 years ago from West Virginia

      @Christine Cameron: Thank you C_Cameron. I know I enjoyed painting it, and I'm sure that kids will love painting it too.

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      Christine Cameron 4 years ago

      I think this is a really cute idea! Looks really fun for kids and they get a bank to keep, thanks for the great painting kit!