Display Travel Coins as Art

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 I’m really loving the first Wednesdays of the month! On the first Wednesday (for the past few months),  I’ve been teaming up with a great bunch of ladies to bring you repurposed, recycled and reused projects! It has been so helpful for me to really look at what I have in my house and figure out how I can use it to make something that reflects us. I just adore it. Anyways, today’s project is short and sweet. Sometimes, that’s just the kind of project that you need, right?

Luke and I love to travel and we especially love to travel outside the US. Seeing other cultures, stuffing ourselves with new food and walking for miles to explore are all things that we just thrive on. So, leftover currency change is a part of that process. It never fails that when we get home we find change here and there (stuffed in parts of my wallet, coat pockets or my purse). So, I’ve been stuffing them in a ring box for years and occasionally I will take some out for a trip, but most of the time I just forget about it.

Well, we have this travel gallery hallway almost completed (for up to our current trip) and I’ve been wanting to do something with the coins for art. I couldn’t think of anything modern that felt like us. I tried just dropping them in a shadowbox, gluing them in a line in a regular frame and arranging them in a unique way… none of that felt right. Then, I had an ‘ah-ha moment’ the other day while browsing for a picture frame for the kitchen. I came across some ‘baby’s first year’ frames with twelve circle openings. See where I’m going with this? Circle cuts out of the mat board framing each coin would be just the thing.

I called around to a few stores to find out who could do the circle cuts. Hobby Lobby was able to do them and offered tons of sizes (plus I was able to use a 40% off coupon which is always a plus!).

Ok, so here’s what I came up with:

Display Travel Coins as Art

It was super simple, but I’ll show you what I did.

1. Gathered the change that I wanted to include.

Foreign Money to DIY Art

2. Picked my frame. Any random frame would work, but I liked that this one was oblong. It was black, but I gave it a few quick coats of white spray paint.

Random Picture Frame

3. Took my frame and coins to Hobby Lobby to have them cut the mat for me.

Circle Cut Matboard for frame

4. Put packing tape on the coins and stuck them in the holes (I didn’t use glue because I wanted to be able to change this display down the road).

Display Travel Coins as Art

I should have the travel gallery wall reveal up on Friday! I hope I never want to change it, because I have tons of nail holes! lol. =)

Ok, want to see what the other ladies have been up to?


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Linking up to:

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  1. says

    This is such an awesome display! The simple circle cut outs add so much. I’ll have to keep this in mind for the future. Right now all of our foreign coins are piled in a little bowl but it would be nice to get them out where they can be seen! Can’t wait to see the travel gallery wall reveal.

  2. says

    What a great idea! My husband has a bunch of coins from all over the world from multiple deployments and we have them stuffed in a cookie jar. I would love to do something like this. What a fantastic idea!

  3. says

    I love this idea. I have a rare coin that my grandmother gave me when I was a little girl framed by my bed, but love the idea of framing coins from places you’ve been. Thanks for linking up at The Makers!

  4. says

    I’m stopping by from the Work It Wednesday party, and just wantedto say that I love this idea! I have tons of coins from when I lived in Australia, as well as from many other travels. I would really like to get them out of a box on onto the wall, so this is a great way to do it!

  5. says

    You have a 50p! Whoop Whoop! I love this idea, much better than leaving them in a jar.
    Did you know that in the UK we have a set of coins that make a shield picture when you put them together in a certain way. We have it framed in our hallway and it makes a great talking point. You can find it here: http://www.sumoftheirstories.com/2013/09/uk-coin-picture.html
    (I don’t normally link back to my blog in comments and I dont want to be all spammy so feel free to delete this if you like, I just thought you might be interested)

  6. says

    I made this twice in the last week or so as gifts, loved it! I adapted your idea for My Aunts 90th birthday gift, securing coins from that year from different countries. Then went one step further for my brothers birthday and secured the year of his birth, and the countries of our heritage. It came out really well and they both loved their gifts! Thank you!


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