Let’s make a Pretty Penny

  • 10 Minutes
  • Beginner
This coin rubbing tutorial is the perfect way to learn all about coins. You can extend the lesson by exploring  the shapes and details of coins from other countries too. For example, the Hong Kong $2 coin has a wavy edge. After this tutorial we encourage you and your students to make your own currency. Be sure to include the value of a coin, a profile of an influential person, or even a motto. The sky the limit! Not sure where to put the coins after creating them? Check out this handy coin purse, which kids can doodle themselves! Share what you came up with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.  
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What You'll Need

1 Start by gathering your materials! 

All you'll need to create your own coin rubbings is your Start pen, some of our 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic, and a few coins of your choosing.

(By collecting several different-sized coins you can create a variety of rubbings and replicas.) 

2 Make an impression.

Start by Doodling directly onto the coin. Once the whole coin is covered in plastic, but while the plastic is still soft and moldable, press the plastic into the coin with your thumb. The added pressure will allow the plastic to pick up the texture of the coin. 

Once the plastic has hardened, then you can peel it off the coin.

3 Make it look like a coin.

Repeat the above step with the other side of the coin. 

Once you have both sides of the coin imprinted in plastic you can attach them. Add plastic to the non-imprinted side of each coin half and place them together. Doodle along the edge of the coin to help seal the two pieces of plastic together.

4 The finished coin

Now you have a replica coin you Doodled yourself. Repeat the above steps for different coins using different colors to create your own replica money! 

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