I have been accumulating little piles of foreign currency from my travels and didn’t know what to do with them. Most of the money isn’t worth much, but I like that a lot of it is unique and reminds me of some wonderful trips. I searched online to see if anyone had any clever ideas for showcasing their currency but came up empty-handed.
My initial idea was to find or make a shadow-box tray with things pressed between the glass and the tray. This idea, for me, didn’t seem practical because I didn’t need a tray (I dislike random clutter). And, the coins in my collection are of varying thicknesses and would probably leave the tray wobbly.
My second idea was to make art with them. I thought about finding an interesting piece of wood and threading strings in a diamond pattern and fitting the bills into it.
My final idea was a hybrid of my first two ideas. Not very fancy, but inexpensive and easily expanded over time. I also like that it will prevent me from losing any more little piles in the future. Here was my process below:
In order to determine what size picture frames to purchase, I made some templates. I used common frame sizes (4×6, 5×7 and 8×10) as a guide to layout each pile.
A sample layout of the bills which allows you to determine what size frame to purchase.
Tools used: Glue Dots Pop Up Adhesive (for the coins); EK Success Pink Removeable Adhesive (for the money, this adhesive rubs off easily with your finger); and Goof Off (to remove the price tag adhesive from the glass on all the frames).
I cut out mats using white card-stock, given that I selected colored frames and the currency is bright as well.
Here’s the first frame – the Euro coin is glued to the frame.
I’ve been building quite the collection. I still need to find some Costa Rican money though! Do you have any fun ways that you display your souvenirs?