It’s A LOT cheaper to make your own wooden nickels than it is to have them made. Most companies on the net have a min. order of 500 and can cost about 50 cents each to make. With this instructable you can make start making your own coins for less than $10 worth of supplies, then after that make them for less than 20 cents a piece.
Computer & printer or memory device
Laser photo copy (about 9 cents at your local copy shop)
Non poly nylon paintbrush (sometimes you have these laying around, or about $1)
Regular paintbrush or foam brush (sometimes you have these laying around, or less than $1)
Wooden disk (about $2-$3 at Michaels or Joanns)
Glass jar with a lid (you might have 1 laying around, or $1 at Joanns)
Acetone NOT NAIL POLISH REMOVER ($2.50 at Wal-mart)
Polyurethane (clear coat) or clear nail polish (Polyurethane $3-$5, clear nail polish $1)
I use paint when making my coins, but any photo shop program will do.
DO NOT USE NAIL POLISH REMOVER WITH ACETONE IT WILL NOT WORK. They sell acid tone at Walmart by the fake nail section.
Pour your acetone into your glass jar, making sure you have a lid for your jar. If you don’t have a lid have something handy to put over your jar, as acetone evaporates faster than rubbing alcohol! I then take my non poly nylon paintbrush or natural bristle paintbrush and brush a light layer of acetone onto the coin. (Make sure you use a non poly nylon paintbrush with the acetone or the bristles will melt.)
Take your cutout and place over the coin printed side down. Then brush a layer of acetone over the back of the cutout.
Next take the end of your paintbrush and burnish the paper, using med. pressure, until it dries. Which will happen quickly, about 30 seconds to a minute.
Peel the paper off right away, or it won’t come off.
After you let the coin dry for about 2 or 3 minutes you can do the other side if you want a 2 sided coin, repeat steps 2-5 on the other side.
I then take clear coat polyurethane or clear nail polish and coat the coin to keep it waterproof. Which keeps the wood from cracking, and/or warping.
Step 10: Geocaching Wooden Nickels
Lastly enjoy your new coin, and Happy Geocaching!