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Jul 19, 2016

Star Bank

I've made the star bank described in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn for my Craft Book Club project!

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Star Bank DIY

To make this, first you must use a can of sweetened condensed milk. I made Kool Aid Pie because I had never heard of such a thing and how could I resist making something called Kool Aid Pie? Once you have used the sweetened condensed milk, wash out the can and let it dry.The rest of the steps are as simple as the previous ones; using a pair of tin snips make finger tip length cuts around the top of the can and fold back the flaps you created.

Next you will make a slit on the bottom of the can (now top of your star bank) large enough to fit coins through and try to bend the sharp edges inside so the outside is smooth. My coin slot is wiggly, but functional.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Star Bank DIY

The last step is to secure the 'star' flaps to the floor in the corner of your closet (or a piece of scrap wood because we aren't living in 1915 Brooklyn) with nails. As you can see, I haven't gotten to this step because I didn't have a large enough piece of scrap wood on hand.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Star Bank DIY

That's it! Now save your pennies to buy a plot of land!

Our next book is Charlotte's Web by E B White. Obviously I have plans to make a 'terrific' spider web.


  1. I kind of really like that bank idea. omg a web?!?!?! I am excited to see that one.

    1. Yes, a web! Fingers crossed it turns out as well as I'm imagining.


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