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Altered Tootsie Roll Holiday Saving’s Bank

This is a wonderful recycling project. It is a fun and decorative way to save money for your next holiday in a foreign country is creating your own saving’s bank. The Tootsie Roll canisters are perfect for this purpose. At the top of their lids is a slot to insert coins. All you have to do is be creative and decorate the rest of the canister with travel slogans, stickers or labels.

The stamp labels used for this project came out of the booklet: “Posters, Stamps and Labels” from Artsy College™. The booklet is full of small works of art and images that can be used for decorating just about any paper project such as scrapbooks and cards. This can be found in a good craft store by the scrapbooking supplies.



Tootsie Roll Savings Bank

For this project you will need:

- empty Tootsie Roll container or any round canister with a snap on lid
- tan colored corrugated cardboard
- natural colored mulberry paper
- tan colored jute ribbon
- twine
- natural raffia
- 2 wooden beads measuring 1 cm
- labels or stamps with foreign travel motifs
- tan colored marabu feathers
- sturdy 2-sided self adhesive sticky tape
- transparent 2-sided self adhesive sticky tape
- tag template or create your own
- hole puncher and brass colored eyelet
- 3-D foam tape or 3-D foam pads
- scissors


1. If using a Tootsie Roll canister, cut a strip of corrugated cardboard measuring 13.25 cm x 12 cm. Otherwise measure the height of your canister and cut a length that will surround the whole canister plus overlap. Make sure the grain of the corrugated cardboard is lengthwise so it can bend easily around the canister. 2. Cut 2 strips of 2-sided tape and place a strip on each short end of the cardboard. Remove the protective backing from one side and stick it to the can. Wrap the corrugated cardboard snugly around the canister and remove the paper backing from the other end. Overlap the piece over the beginning and press to stick.
3. Tear 2 uneven pieces of mulberry paper out and stick them to the top and bottom of the canister. Cut a rectangle piece of jute ribbon out and use the transparent 2-sided tape to stick it on the canister diagonally partially over the mulberry paper.
4. Cut a tag shape and a square shape out of the corrugated cardboard. Place a piece of 2-sided tape on the backside of the stamps and stick them onto either the front side or the back side of these cut pieces. On the top of the tag, punch a hole and insert an eyelet. Knot a couple of pieces of natural raffia to the hole.
5. You can also choose to punch out travel motifs out of natural colored paper and stick them onto the container with 3-D foam pads to fill in empty spaces. Punches come in all shapes such as fish, airplanes, sunshines, beach umbrellas, etc...
6. Tie a piece of jute twine around the top of the canister and place a wooden bead on each end. Tie a knot to secure the beads.
7. Place the foam tape on the backside of the tag and square with the labels. Remove the paper backing and attach them to the canister. You may wish to use it simultaneously secure one of the feathers beneath it. You may also insert the feather ends in the jute ribbon to hold them down.





A Selection of Summer Paper Crafts

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Faux Metal Butterfly

American Flag Plant Poke

Clown Paper Decoration

Paper Folding - Jacob’s Ladder

Beaded Flower Charm

Paper Wreath With Roses

Altered Memo Pad

Altered Tootsie Roll Canister Bank

Altered Book Project

Tootsie Roll Savings Bank



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