Cole and I have both spent a lot of time abroad, he serving as a missionary, and I as an exchange student. Along the way we collected a ton of different kinds of money, especially coins. I think it's pretty cool! I love seeing the differences and most countries use their money as a medium for showing off their culture and history. The problem is, I had my foreign money in a jar, and Cole had his (don't know why...) in an old cleaned out frosting container. In a box. In the closet. Not exactly convenient for viewing!
I have been trying over the past few years to get out of the habit of keeping things just to keep them. Sure, it's fine to have souvenirs and memorabilia but what's the point if you never see it and it just takes up storage space? I like having things that I can use or display. So, I pulled out our foreign money and an old frame and put this together. It's a quick project, and for me, this is step one in figuring out how to display
Honestly, it's so simple that I really don't feel that it needs a tutorial. I've seen similar projects on pinterest (originally seen here). I didn't want something quite as big, as I plan on using this for a bigger gallery wall display. I also didn't want mine to have a background so I used a floating frame. I like just seeing the wall behind the coins, plus, this way if you want to you can pull it down and flip it over to see the other sides. Bonus! (You can kind of see the glue, so I wouldn't say you can hang it in either direction, but you can still see what the coins look like).
All I did was find my favorite coins, arrange them on one of the pieces of glass so that they fit how I wanted them to, then I very carefully applied a drop of Gorilla Glue to each coin to hold it in place. Because of the thickness of the coins, you'll probably have to improvise on how you secure the back of the frame.
I have anxiety about hanging things in our new house. What if I don't like it and I have holes in the wall that I can't fix, because we don't have paint? And I can't match the paint and we have to repaint the whole room and then we might as well repaint the whole house?! I'm trying to get over it....
Anyway, that's why there aren't any pictures of this one hanging up yet. That's still in the planning stage.