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The Money Trees

November 18, 2012

Have you started thinking about Christmas?

We’re normally the “not until after Thanksgiving” kind of Christmas people. It’s a little strange to think about the upcoming holiday season when it’s sunny and 60 degrees outside, but we took advantage of the weather and put up all our outside Christmas lights this weekend. We agreed to not turn them on until after thanksgiving, but I think Clark Griswold my husband has a different idea. You can see our house glowing from down the block.

It’s too early for a Christmas tree – but not too early to start some Christmas crafting.

This project is really easy, doesn’t cost a lot of money (unless you use nickles, dimes or quarters instead), just a little time,  and lots of hot glue.

I purchased 3 paper mache cones “trees” at the craft store, about $1.30 each. Then I dug in my purse, in the couch, and through the coin jar for as many pennies as I could find. This is a great way to clear out all those pennies that you never use anyways.


I soaked the coins in vinegar and some dish soap to shine them up a bit.  Warning: this is not the project for a germaphobe – money is DIRTY.  The wash water was BLACK!

Start at the bottom, glue on a row all the way around, then add a second row overlapping the first. There will be times when the pennies don’t line up correct at the end – but with so much going on, you wont even notice the small “mistakes.”

I measured out a few spots along the cone and made lines as markers to make sure I wasn’t gluing the pennies on in crooked rows. My projects always tend to have a “slant” when I have to free-hand them.

Voilà!  Three copper Christmas trees.

I love the way the pennies are all different – some shiny, some dull. I think they will really “POP” on the mantel once we decorate it with garland and lights!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 19, 2012 4:13 am

    Great idea!

  2. November 19, 2012 12:41 pm

    These are really cute! I so would not have the patience (and I tend to burn my fingers on hot glue guns), but the end result is awesome!

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