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How to Make Your Own Coin Wrappers

Updated April 17, 2017

Making your own coin wrappers is a time and money saver and you also will be contributing to the ongoing green movement by recycling paper grocery bags. One regular-size paper grocery bag will make about 20 coin wrappers. Wrapping pennies and other coins that seem to accumulate all around the house is a great rainy-day activity for the entire family. Use it as a way to teach the younger children in the family about saving money, counting money and making change.

Open the grocery bag and lay it out flat on a table. Trim off the excess paper and ragged edges so it is a perfect rectangle.

For the pennies: Measure, mark and cut two 4-inch strips across the length of the bag. Cut one 4-inch strip into squares that are 2¾-inches wide. Place them in a stack and mark the top one "Pennies-.50¢."

For the nickels: Cut the other strip 4-inch strip into squares that are 3-inches wide. Place them in a stack and mark the top one "Nickels-$2."

For the dimes: Cut another strip from the paper bag that is 3½-inches wide. Then cut the strip into 2½-inch sections. Stack them and mark the top one with "Dimes-$5."

For the quarters: Cut another strip from the paper bag that is 4...-inches wide. Then cut the strip into 3¼-inch sections. Stack them and mark the top one with "Quarters-$10."

Go back to each stack you made and continue marking each wrapper with the correct denomination and monetary amount.

Fold each wrapper so one edge slightly over laps the other by one-eighth of an inch. Apply glue on the left edge and press it over the right edge. Flatten the wrapper so the seam you just glued is in the centre. Allow the glue to dry over night before using them to wrap coins.

Things You'll Need

  • Brown paper grocery bags
  • White glue
  • Color markers
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
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About the Author

Gracie Sprouse has been writing professionally since 1976. Her areas of expertise are in antiques, crafts, real estate, income taxes and small businesses. Her education consists of an Associate of Applied Science with a business and accounting major from Piedmont Virginia Community College.