World currency in a frame

Hello DIYers,

Happy 2016! It has been a long while. Lots has been happening including great  projects that i shall be posting soon!

Today’s post is about travel. It is a wonderful thing to travel! It removes you from your everyday life and opens your eyes and mind to other realities. It brings to light how other people live, what other people are dealing with, helps you appreciate what you have sometimes and at other times makes you yearn for better things both for yourself and society.

For me travel less about ‘things’ and more about experiencing other countries, culture, food, music and whatever else that makes that place, that place. I hope that makes sense.

Whenever i visit a different country, i always ensure i am left with a few coins or notes. I had gathered quite a bit and this week i decided to put the coins into good decorative use.

I got an ordinary frame from the supermarket, removed the back side, cleaned the glass and got going.

Picture frame that has a stand

Picture frame that has a stand

I cut out an envelope to the size of the back board and added it between the glass and board. This served two purposes: one, the white will be the background against which the coins will be set. Two, it makes the base thick enough to hold the coins without adding adhesive.

Cut out a white, A4 envelope to the size of the board and stuck it with pritt glue

Cut out a white, A4 envelope to the size of the board and stuck it with pritt glue

 

Background for the coins set

Background for the coins set

I cleaned out the coins, laid them on the floor and started placing against the glass

The coins collection

The coins collection

Laying out the coins

Laying out the coins

Completed layout

Completed layout

At this point you can chose to put adhesive on each of the coins. The adhesive should be strong similar to wood glue. The light ordinary glue will not work in this case. I did not use adhesive because i had created the thick base using the backboard and cut out envelope. This are able to hold the coins in place.

World coins in a frame

World coins in a frame

There we go folks! World coins in a frame. The same can be used for notes. Since the frame will be heavy, be careful if you chose to hang it. Both the hook on the frame and wall have to be strong enough to hold, otherwise it could fall and crack or injure someone.

Try it out and share your results.

Keep it DIY!!

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