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Presidents' Day Craft

Presidents’ Day Craft: Kid Coins

By Ellen Luckett Baker

Kid coins

After explaining to my children what Presidents’ Day is all about and looking at presidents on our coins, we decided to try a shrinky dink project to make our own currency! This is an incredibly simple 10-minute project perfect for any day. My six-year-old daughter decided that she should be worth $10 (and have pink hair).

I think it would be fun to make a lot of these “kid coins” to use as currency in your household. Say, each kid can earn coins for good behavior and spend them at the end of the week for special outings or other privileges. It’s great to have the kids invested in the process (so to speak).

kid coins craft

All you need are shrinky dinks and colored pencils.


  1. First, cut a circle from the shrinky dink plastic. For our project we used a 2 1/2″ circular hole punch and ended up with a shape just larger than a quarter, so you can experiment with different sizes for your coins.
  2. Next, have your child draw a self-portrait with pencils. With an older child, this may be a good time to talk about profiles in portraiture. With my six-year-old, I just went for the straight-on image. If you are using any numbers or text, be sure to write them in mirror image so they will read correctly on the shiny side.
  3. And last, shrink the plastic according to the package instructions.

kid coloring

And in case you need a refresher, here are the presidents on our everyday coins. My daughter asked why there were no women on coins, and though I told her about Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea, it was pretty obvious who’s been in charge around here! Time to change that someday soon, I hope. But for now, enjoy your long weekend.

coins (penny, nickle, dime, quarter)

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About the Author

Ellen Luckett Baker

Ellen Luckett Baker is the author of the long thread, a blog about handmade goods. She has always enjoyed making things, but the flexibility of staying a...

Ellen Luckett Baker is the author of the long thread, a blog about handmade goods. She has always enjoyed making things, but the flexibility of staying at home with her two daughters along with the creative inspiration they provide has led her to craft on a daily basis. Combining her love of graphic design and sewing, she has created an Etsy shop selling machine embroidery designs and sewing patterns.

Ellen lives in Atlanta with her husband and two young daughters. She holds a B.A. in Art History and a Master’s of Public Administration with a focus in Non-Profit Management.

Ellen recently wrote 1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Sewing Projects her crafting book. She is crazy talented!

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That is a great idea! I’m going to see if I can incorporate it into one of our Brownie Try-its. 🙂


I think that this is brilliant!  Thank you!


This is such a wonderful idea!


I love this idea!

Zoe Alexander

Fabulous idea! Fun & easy! Many thanks for sharing Ellen!
Zoe xxx


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