Did you know foreign currency expires? Overtime currency can expire depending on the country. Sometimes doing a simple exchange at the airport or currency exchange business will tell you if your currency can be accepted and can be exchanged into your own country's currency. The leftover currency that was my father’s when he traveled was left at his home when he passed away several years ago. So, my husband took it to the currency exchange business at the international airport and discovered that these currencies were no longer accepted. Oh well! I kept them in my home craft area, knowing one day I would use them for something. This post shows how I am upcycling leftover currency into coasters to add a little of my father’s travels to my home decor. Follow along and see how easy it was to make it.
What inspired me to do this upcycling leftover currency craft project?
I have debated for many years on what to do with this leftover currency. It was no longer usable, so I wanted to create a better way to honor my father’s many journeys to other countries. And, when I looked at them, I would think of all those happy times.
What supplies did I use to make this upcycling leftover currency into coasters?
The supplies are very straightforward. Note: the links below are from Amazon (affiliate). If you purchase something on Amazon after you click through, I will receive a small referral fee.
- Several pieces of old leftover foreign paper currency - enough to cover all four coasters.
- 4 premade coasters wooden - I found these at Marshalls
- Mod Podge Glue matte or satin finish
- Exacto Knife and several blades
- Sponge brushes at least 2
- Hot Glue Gun and glue sticks
- ¼ inch decorative ribbon to match the money - rhinestones ribbon is one type of ribbon I used.
How much did it cost to make this upcycling leftover currency into the coasters project?
This project cost very little since I inherited the paper foreign currency and the coasters were purchased at a discount store. The coasters cost $6.00. The other items I already had them in my craft area.
How did I make this upcycling leftover currency into a coaster craft project?
First, I gathered the supplies. I had pretty much everything already. The ribbons were left over from other projects.
Cut the currency into shapes and pieces.
Then, I cut the currency into shapes, so they were a little bigger than the coaster. I wanted to ensure all the currency would cover the top of the coasters. Being creative, I overlapped them on top of each other.
Glue the cut currency on the coasters.
Use a Mod Podge matte finish and glue the pieces of the paper currency to the wooden coasters. Let dry completely. Then, with an Exacto knife, cut off the edges of the money to align it with the coasters.
Add a ribbon to the edges of the coasters
Because Mod Podge may discolor the paint on the coaster sides, I added the ribbon. I used hot glue and added it to the finished edge to cover the unfinished dollars.
How long did it take to make these upcycling leftover currency coasters?
It only took about 2 days to do this project. Most of that time, I allowed the glue to dry completely before adding the ribbon.
The Big Reveal for this upcycling leftover currency
This upcycling leftover currency craft project looks lovely. I am so happy with the results.
Tips on making this upcycling leftover currency
Below are some tips that will help you customize your coasters.
If you want a cleaner edge, use a fresh blade to cut the currency. You may need to use several blades when cutting the money. It depends on the thickness and type of currency you have.
If you have individual gems or other things, you can use them for the edges.
I like to match the color of the ribbon to the color of the top. It worked well.
I hope this inspires you to look at the leftover old currency in your home and repurpose it into someone you and your family will love and treasure. Please leave any questions or comments below. I would love to hear from you.
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