Embossed Metal Coins

Ahoy, matey! Getting into the pirate spirit and building up your loot of buried treasure can be easier (and cheaper) than it seems! Create a stash of golden coins following these simple steps, but don't tell anyone this secret or you'll have to walk to plank... shh!

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Cut your cardstock into circles. We had our circles cut 1.5" (3.8 cm) and 2.25" (5.7 cm) in diameter.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Use markers to draw designs on your circles. If you were a pirate, what kinds of coins would you have?

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Use glue to trace over the designs. If you're using basic school glue, let the glue dry until the designs have hardened. For faster results, have an adult help trace the designs with a hot glue gun.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Cut out a sheet of aluminum foil big enough to wrap the front and back of your coin. Place the foil over the coin and use a cotton swab to rub the foil to allow the traced glue to show through.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    When you can see your design emerge on the foil, fold the excess of the foil to the back of the coin.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    Now it's time to paint your coins! We used gold as our pirate color, but add more colors as you wish!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Done!

    Let your coins fully dry. Ours took about 15 minutes. You may have to wait longer depending how much paint you used. Once your stash of golden coins is ready, find a safe place to bury your treasure!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

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