Making Magnets out of Extra Coins

April 3, 2014
When Melyssa announced her Creative Collective Series, I knew that I would like to join in. Truthfully, I forgot about it for awhile, but then I went through and chose a couple that I would like participate in.  This time around, our "job" was to search our Pinterest boards and to go ahead and actually make something we would want to have in our homes.  I wanted to make something travel related and also a project that wasn't too time consuming or expensive.  When I came across a pin on making magnets out of extra foreign coins one might have left over from their trip, I was sold!  The original post for this can be found on a blog called Tattered Style.

What you'll need for this will be:

*Distilled white vinegar
*Small bowl or Tupperware container
*Newspaper/Something to line your table with so it doesn't get glue on it
*A tube of E6000 glue
*Various Sized Magnets
*Your Coins


I bought the glue from Hobby Lobby for $3.99 and ordered the small magnets off of Amazon and purchased the larger ones at Wal-Mart. 

The steps are simple!  All you have to do is select the coins you would like to use and soak them in vinegar for awhile to clean them.  Some of the coins I had were a little nasty, not going to lie.  It's not like I knew I would be making them into something...they were just more or less what I was stuck with at the end of my trips.


Then just pick what side you would like to have on display and glue the magnet to the opposite side!  Easy as pie!



The final result:




I'm so glad that I found a practical use for all that loose change I had just lying around--thank you, Pinterest!

What have you made off of Pinterest lately?

The Creative Collective



18 comments on "Making Magnets out of Extra Coins"
  1. this is SUCH a great idea!!!! i love it! i've got a box of foreign coins and i know i've got extras in there - now i'm going to turn them into magnets!!! :)

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    1. I know it! I'm so glad I stumbled across the idea on Pinterest...I mean, what else was I going to do with all my old coins?

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  2. Oh I would love to do this with all our change left over from various travels! Unfortunately our fridge is not magnetic, it drives me crazy! I might just have to put up a magnet board somewhere so I can do this.
    So happy to have found this post via the link up today!

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    1. That would drive me crazy, too. The fridge is my go-to spot for hanging up recipes and grocery lists and it's also where I post some reminders to myself.

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  3. I've only made recipes from Pinterest. Tonight I made a cheesy avo sauce. We have so many at the moment so I'm happy to have another way to eat them. Something I saw on Pinterest that I want to try is to glue all the coins onto a piece of cardboard that fits into a frame.

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    1. That is another good way to use the coins! I'll have to make that one next, although I used up most of my stash in this activity.

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  4. This is a great idea! I have a lot of random coins left over from my travels, and this would probably be better than letting them rot in a drawer, lol. Some of them I may use again (like pounds are euros) but let's be honest: How often I go to Fiji? I'm thinking I could do with repurposing those. :P

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    1. I used some of the Euros (even though I hope to get back to Europe) because living over there was such a big part of my life. The other coins...hmmm..yeah, who knows if I'll ever get to go back to South Africa, India, China, etc, though there isn't a place I wouldn't WANT to go back to.

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    1. It's a personal touch to the kitchen for sure!

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  6. That is such a great idea! I've never thought about that before!

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    1. Neither did I. This makes me want to go and make more Pinterest inspired crafts!

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  7. Love this idea. It's so easy, yet so retro. I have a whole purse of change I'm dying to do this with!
    Claire xx | somewhere... beyond the sea

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    1. Haha, yeah, I also chose this one because I didn't want one of the first things I actually made off of Pinterest to be full of complicated steps. It turned out well, and maybe I'll be braver next time and try something a little harder. :)

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  8. I love this idea! I have so many coins from my trip to London that are too heavy to go in my scrapbook. This is a great way to preserve the coins and the memories! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. There is a craft on Pinterest where you can make the coins into a charm bracelet! I think that would be a good present for my mom since she always talks about my travels to all of her friends. It is really inexpensive to make, too!

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  9. What a cute idea for international coins!

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