Part of this project was tedious but in the end I had a lot of fun. I used money from all over the world and different eras and I learned a lot about history and currency. I bought money from a country I didn't know existed (Transnistria). It makes a nice conversation piece. :)
Step 1: Get Your Money and Materials
I bought some white wallpaper and wallpaper paste and planned on pasting the money to the wallpaper and then pasting it to the wall. However, upon experimentation the paste caused the paper banknotes to curl and deform. So I went to Plan B which was to use paper glue and glue stick. The Zip Dry glue worked great.
For the frame I bought a lot of nice 2" x 0.25" lattice strips and some wood glue. For the corners I used L brackets.
Step 2: Start Gluing
This was tedious and took me a long time. I first coated the edges and corners on the back side of the note using the glue stick. Then I traced near the edge with the paper glue and filled the inside with a squiggle of more paper glue. Lastly I pressed the bill to the backing wallpaper (or on top of other bills) and used a rag to wipe out any of the paper glue that leaked out. The glue stick held the corners down and the paper glue did the rest.
Step 3: Make the Frame
I laminated strips of lattice together for the frame and the corners were held together by L-brackets. T-brackets were used for the cross braces. I glued one side of the frame and pressed it down on the back of the wallpaper. Chairs were used to hold it down while the glue dried.
I nailed steel thumbtacks around the edge on the back of the frame to help secure the paper, along with more glue.