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Project

Candy Coins

Introduction

Quarters come in handy at the newsstand, campus laundries, and video arcades. Cover their utilitarian wrappers with candy cane hues.

Materials

  • Roll of coins
  • Striped wrapping paper
  • Doublesided tape
  • Yarn
  • Cellophane

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Cut a rectangle of striped wrapping paper on the bias, making it large enough to enclose the roll. Wrap roll, secure overlap with double-sided tape, and fold in ends. Or add decorative stripes with quilling paper (available at crafts or stationery stores): Wrap roll first in plain paper, attach quilling strip with doublesided tape, wind tightly around roll in a spiral motion, and tape end.

  2. Step 2

    Wrap decorated rolls in cellophane, twist ends, and attach tags with yarn.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 2001

Reviews (28)

  • abbywarm 13 Jan, 2009

    Every Christmas my family goes to a hotel (to visit family) that has a water fall/fountain and my kids (ages 2 and 3) are obsessed with throwing money into the fountain. We decided that next year we need to give them each a roll of pennies in their stocking for the trip. This is the perfect way to "gift them up"!

  • abbywarm 13 Jan, 2009

    Every Christmas my family goes to a hotel (to visit family) that has a water fall/fountain and my kids (ages 2 and 3) are obsessed with throwing money into the fountain. We decided that next year we need to give them each a roll of pennies in their stocking for the trip. This is the perfect way to "gift them up"!

  • OrganizingFreak 11 Dec, 2008

    I love this idea. My nephew is 13 and only wants money or gift cards. I know what he is getting this year! Thanks, Martha.

  • Jme2 9 Dec, 2008

    This is a great idea for my granmother. She needs quarters to do laundry in her appartment . . Perfect!

  • Nayda 7 Dec, 2008

    This is an awesome idea! and I think everybody will love the little gift!!
    Cheers!

  • 1Toffy 6 Dec, 2008

    I can also see this done for cookies. Yes, wrapped first in foil or waxed paper, then cut and wrap with a bendable cardboard for support. Follow the Martha instructions for decorative packaging from there. Yepper...that is a great idea for gifting homemade cookies...all the same size of course. I am trying my new idea this year.

  • 1Toffy 6 Dec, 2008

    This is a great idea for young teens, that visit arcade game places or those Stuffed Animal machines with the big grabbing claw. My Son went thru tons of coins on that machine at different places we frequented.

  • MPSmyth 6 Dec, 2008

    I think this is a great idea. I'll do this for my mother. She's always looking for change for the parking meter and this will do the trick. I got her a card but it will only work with certain meters. Soooooo, this is a great gift for her. Thanks so much for the idea.

  • Beccamay 6 Dec, 2008

    Hattaramaa, in Australia we wouldnt really have use for this either, so i understand the feeling, however, you could decorate come candy rolls, or like here, we have different flavours, (musk, mint, strawberry etc) and you could mix the flavours around and make 'multisticks' of flavour, and then wrap them in the same fashion. I s'pose this would work for younger children in the USA, when you didnt want them to be left out... but not give them a roll of small change.

  • pterrell 6 Dec, 2008

    Great gift for college kids so they can do laundry at school!

  • csam212 5 Dec, 2008

    I reallly like this idea. These will make a great stocking stuffer for my great nephews.

  • Hattaramaa 5 Dec, 2008

    Nice only that we do not use coins anymore here in Finland. We use cards. Wrapping looks nice so I have to think something else to put inside.

  • deweydec 5 Dec, 2008

    I did this for my dad the first time I saw it in MSL magazine ... they drive 10 hours to come see us and hate EZPass ... so I put a roll of quarters, nickels and dimes in his stocking to help with the tolls. He loves it!

  • michabarno 5 Dec, 2008

    What a fabulous idea for college students and friends living in NY City apartments who use laundry-mats! Or, for people who frequently have to park "down town" at a meter. It's so handy, and so cute, and I love it :)

  • snowgooseltd 5 Dec, 2008

    We put a "coffee" gift certificate/card in each adult child's stocking and always add a roll of quarters because the card lasts longer if they only pull $1.00 from it at each visit. The roll of quarters is in addition because a small coffee is $1.25. This is one of their favorite gifts. Thanks for the idea of making it look festive.

  • 1234sana 5 Dec, 2008

    AWESOME IDEA! Great idea for seniors

  • 1234sana 5 Dec, 2008

    AWESOME IDEA! Great idea for seniors

  • BayTree 5 Dec, 2008

    Perfect for a day or two or three in the pockets of the advent calendars I make for each grandchild this time of year. I am always looking for something small to stuff the pockets of the calendar. This is it! Thanks for a terrific idea. Merry Christmas!

  • SunflowerSeed 5 Dec, 2008

    Perfect for all my coworkers as we all have to put quarters in the parking meters all day ! Thanks for the inspiration and technques.

  • ipmomma 5 Dec, 2008

    This would also be a nice clutter free gift for the elderly that might live in an independant senior living apartment type place, I know hubby's grandma loved getting quarters for doing her laundry in the apartment laundrymat.

  • mom2acat 5 Dec, 2008

    This would be a great idea to include in a "care package" for a college student.

  • threewildboys 5 Dec, 2008

    My kids will be sooo excited to get this many quarters at once for gumball machines, games, etc. But I will be using scrapbook border stickers that are thin strips and already to stick on.

  • Anna_Marie 5 Dec, 2008

    These are really, really cute....but I think you should at least attach some kind of small candy on the end, with the tag....they look so much like candy, I would be craving something sweet when I opened it!

  • moetpa 5 Dec, 2008

    Excellent idea for the decorative fron of a gift box. Everybody uses quarters for tolls and such. I LOVE IT! Thanks, Paula in Ohio

  • momtoryan 5 Dec, 2008

    yes, this is a wonderful idea! I was planning on putting a roll of quarters in my kids stocking anyway as they love to put money in their piggy banks! But this dresses it up a bit! Thanks Martha!

  • 52packrat 5 Dec, 2008

    I will also use this for stocking stuffers and print this out and pass them around. I love the idea of giving them to children at the start of a trip. Years ago when we would travel with our boys we would give them a stack of brand new dollar bills. When they acted up they would give up a dollar...but they could earn it back by doing a good deed......at the end of the trip this was the money they got to use to buy a souvenir! It worked very well and we found them wanting to do many good deeds!

  • lbuser 5 Dec, 2008

    This is also a great idea for traveling long distances in a car. Wrap nickles or dimes in festive everyday paper and give to children at the start of the trip along with items to keep them busy. Also give them this admonition: Every time you ask Are we there yet? or When will we get there? or whine about not having anything to do it will cost you one coin. It usually costs them 3 coins before they catch on but the rest of the trip will quite pleasant.

  • wildcatmom2u 5 Dec, 2008

    What a great stocking stuffer!! I am going to use this idea and pass them around!!