Project Difficulty Level: Easy to Challenging
Piggy banks can be made with as much detail, or as little, as you like. For that reason, a piggy bank can be a good project for the beginning paper mache sculptor, and just as challenging for the advanced student. To see what I mean, take a look at the piggy banks over at wikipedia.org.
I decided to use a mini pig photo as the starting place for my piggy bank, but I simplified it a lot. And I did very little painting on the final bank, so the project was fairly easy. I was working towards a fake antique look, so the paper and paste show through the final coat.
Total cost: less than $1, since I already had some paint and Verathane on hand.