Picture of Geocaching Wooden Nickels
This instructable is for those of you who what your own personal geocoin, but don’t want to pay that $200 price tag to go with it. 
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.

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List of things you need:
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)
Odd_Intentions made it!3 months ago
Got all the correct supplies, followed all of the steps, but no result. I painted the acetone on then put the paper on before painting it on again. Pressed down pretty hard on it for well over a couple minutes but in result my paper came off easily and dry every time without the slightest sign of the ink bleeding through into the wood. Did I miss a step? Am I doing something wrong? Pretty disappointed ):
Looking over the directions again I see I might have used the wrong printer. I will update results once I have tried again
Galonii (author)  Odd_Intentions3 months ago

this won't work with an ink jet printer. you have to use a laser printer, they print different. If your local carry out has a really old copy machine one of those ones that take quarter, they work great! the older the better. if not you can go to your local copy place like staples or office depot, but make sure they use plain copy paper, not the glossy or slightly glossy paper, it doesn't transfer as well

LordAnubis2 years ago
tried to do, but unfortunately it was difficult get to acetone. I was looking for something simpler and easier way may be found. procedure is the same but instead of chemicals I used laser printer and flatiron. just iron out the image on the wood (takes about 2min)
some thing like this
that's just a suggestion for making nickels :)

what are the steps for your process?



*Laser print image (b&w or color) (mirror if needed)
*Use some tape to hold paper to the wood(wood must be flat as possible)
*Heat with flatironand use some pressure and move iron until the image is projected onto wood

Same can be found on youtube i will try to find link and post

found the link.


Hiya, acetone is readily available in the form of nail polish remover, perhaps that could work?

Galonii (author)  LordAnubis1 year ago

Very NICE!

is it possible to make these trackable?
Galonii (author)  1225Forrest1 year ago

Yes. You must contact geocaching.com go to the trackables page. There where they sell the trackable, they also sell trackable numbers. but the only way to make them trackable is to have a number. They usually sell them in bulks of like 50 or so. But if you don't want to spend that much you can also buy any trackable item and print the trackable number on the "coin" just don't turn the original loose or it'll cause confusion in the tracking field.

davew3b3 years ago
Couldn't you just use a rubber stamp to stamp the wooden disks? Seems like it'd be a lot easier.
Galonii (author)  davew3b1 year ago
You can, but it cost between $15 and $25 to get your stamps made, if you like to change your design alot that would get expensive really quick! and a copy only cost 9 cents at Staples.
skiedra3 years ago
I'm very temped to start geocaching myself. From what I read it is fuuun :)
buteomont3 years ago
Acid tone?
I believe the author means Acetone.
80$man3 years ago
Cool stuff! Crazy idea: have tried printing directly vernier (thin sheet of wood used in decoration of furniture)? I'm am still new to Geocaching, looks very much fun!
Galonii (author)  80$man3 years ago
I got this idea from someone who used it to copy plans on vernier to make model airplanes, to cut out, it worked easier than tracing them, because they were exact copies.
Looks very nice for the amount of effort. :)