Project Guide

How to Make a Kids ATM Bank

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Measure & Cut
Cut shapes of cardboard lying on a table.

Cardboard from empty shipping boxes works well and is very sturdy. Or, you can use empty cereal boxes or thick cardstock. Following the shapes in the photo above, cut these cardboard pieces:

  • One 4-inch x 6 1/2-inch front 
  • Two 2 1/2-inch x 6 1/2-inch sides 
  • One 2 1/2-inch x 4-inch bottom 
  • One 2 1/4-inch a 4-inch top 
  • Two 1 1/2-inch x 6 1/2-inch side panels 
  • One 4-inch x 6 1/2-inch sliding back
  • Two 1-inch x 4-inch braces 

Make the Money Slots
Someone drawing the shape of a paper clip onto a piece of cardboard.

Use the paper clip to trace out the money deposit slots on the front and on top. Center the coin slot on the front panel. Center a wider slot for paper money on the top of the bank. Use scissors or a utility knife to neatly cut out all the money deposit slots. Lightly sand them with fine sandpaper to remove any fuzzy pieces.

Fold & Glue Together
Someone folding and gluing a box with a hot glue gun.

Fold each piece of the box into place. Secure the sides, top and bottom with hot glue on the inside seam. The top panel will be shorter than the bottom piece by 1/4-inch. This allows space for the back panel to be inserted in the back.

Glue Braces In & Cut Hole
Someone adding the back to a DIY ATM bank.

Place the bank face down. Add hot glue to the side edges of one brace. Position it in place at the bottom. Repeat this step for the second brace at the top.


Cut a small hole into the back panel, then insert it into the back of the ATM bank. The braces will hold the back panel in place, which will hold the money in place. The hole will allow the back to easily be removed.

Glue on Privacy Panels
Someone gluing on sides to a cardboard ATM bank.

Position a curved privacy panel in place on one side of the bank. Allow it to hang 1/2-inch over the front side of the bank. Secure it in place with hot glue. Repeat for the other side. Make sure to allow all the hot glue to dry before moving onto painting the bank.

Someone putting money in a painted DIY ATM bank.

Use a ruler to evenly draw the ATM screen and buttons onto the front. (Feel free to follow the example in the photo above.) Paint the sides, back and top. Paint the screen, ATM buttons and other details as carefully as you can. When the paint dries, hot glue a coin onto the front next to the coin slot.

Now that your DIY ATM Bank is complete, you can let the savings begin. Fill it with coins and bills. Set savings goals with your child. Think about matching their savings after a certain time. Ready to start this fun project? The Home Depot delivers online orders when and where you need them.