Things You'll Need
- Dish soap
- Mosaic grout mix
- Coaster mold or plastic container
- Wooden picture frame
- Hot glue gun
- Round magnets
- Paint and paintbrush
Coins can be used for diverse crafts and art projects. They are especially convenient for a rainy day activity, because you can probably collect a handful from cleaning out your car or under the cushions of the sofa. Gather a pile of coins and recycle these pieces into a creative work of art.
Wash coins with dish soap to remove dirt and grime. Use a toothbrush to clean the grooves on the both faces and along the edge of the coin.
Make a coaster out of old coins. Prepare a mosaic grout mixture in a bowl. Pour the mixture in a recessed coaster mold. In lieu of a mold, use a round or square plastic container. Fill the container a 1/4 inch of grout mixture. Carefully drop coins on the mixture while still wet. Arrange the coins in the shape of a pattern or design. Add other decorative pieces, such as beads, pebbles or glitter. Let the grouting dry and harden. Gently remove the coaster from the mold.
Decorate a picture frame with coins. Use a wooden frame with flat, rather than rounded or ridges panels. Paint the frame, if desired. Place a dab of hot glue on the back of a coin and press the coin onto the frame. Fully cover each edge of the frame with coins.
Make refrigerator magnets with coins. Place a dab of hot glue on the back of a coin. Press the coin onto a flat round refrigerator magnet. Decorate with paint, if desired.
Audrey Farley began writing professionally in 2007. She has been featured in various issues of "The Mountain Echo" and "The Messenger." Farley has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Richmond and a Master of Arts in English literature from Virginia Commonwealth University. She teaches English composition at a community college.