Creativity Travel
Travel DIY: 3 Ways To Turn Foreign Coins Into Ultimate Souvenirs
January 14, 2016
Foreign coins

Got foreign currency lingering in a desk drawer or weighing down your wallet? Here’s a little inspiration for turning them into something special. No matter how carefully we plan our spending, we almost always find ourselves stuck with some pesky foreign coins after an overseas trip. Of course you can donate them to a UNICEF at the airport or on board some international flights, maybe even contribute to an avid numismatist’s collection. Alternatively, hold on to those medallions and try one of or more of these ideas to transform them into the ultimate souvenir of your sojourn.

Frame it

Coins can be framed to create interesting artworks. Even just a few coins can make a chic presentation like this simple DIY at Bigger Than the Three of Us.

Or if you happen to have some notes along with your coins, you may like this floating framed currency art by decorator Jackie Hernandez.

Framed Notes

Chic floating framed currency by Jackie at Tea and Lime.

Wear it

Coins worn as jewellery are documented as far back as the ancient Egyptians. String together some interesting loose change into a personalised charm bracelet, a gypsy-esque necklace, inspired earrings or an intriguing ring.


Coin Bangle

This Coin Wire Wrapped Gold Bangle by Green Eyed Charm on Etsy, won’t jingle jangle when you move.

Craft it

Coins can be used to decorate globes and vases, create mosaic tabletops, trays and signs plus many more imaginative projects for your house or office. A more practical use for the coins is turning them into fridge magnets.  More complex projects might require the help of a professional, such as this bowl by Moerky.


This coin bowl is a more ambitious project that might be worth outsourcing to a professional, such artist Moerkey, who created this piece.

Left over coins need not be a wallet weighting burden. Apply a little imagination and you have a wonderful, conversation starting memoir of you travels. If you have found an interesting use for your foreign coins, I’d love to hear about it, so drop me a comment in the box below.

Madam ZoZo

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Madam ZoZo

Hi! I'm Madam ZoZo, aka Zoë, an Australian designer, creative consultant, blogger and digital nomad. I'm passionate about travel, design, dance and new experiences that fuel my creativity. I strive to travel in a style that is gentle on the earth and that contributes to the communities I visits, even if it is merely to take away a greater understanding of a different culture. Duende by Madam ZoZo, is where I share the stories of my travels and the duende (soul/inspiration) I find along the way.

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