I found this idea on pinterest (of course!) The original source is Mom on Timeout.
These coin covered crosses represent the true meaning of Easter: "Paid in Full"!
Here is her version:
Here are my 3 on the wall.
I started with a tip (also from Pinterest!). I put thumb tacks on the back of the wood blocks before I painted. It kept the crosses from sticking to the newspaper!
I painted each of the crosses with acrylic paint (burnt umber, I believe).
I spent $13 at Hobby Lobby for the crosses: 1 paper mache box (about $2), 2 small wooden "stacking" crosses (79 cents each), 1 fun foam (two thick layers) cross (99 cents) and 1 large wooden "stacking" cross ($8).
Fun foam cross. This was two layers of thick fun foam with a cut-in hanger on the back. The original blogger worked hard to find shiny pennies. I did try to clean mine (tooth paste, as well as a vinegar/salt soak) without much success. But I also liked the idea of an "Old Rugged Cross", rather than a polished one. (About 47 pennies).
I made two of these. 28 cents each. These didn't have a hanger, so I used a soda can pull tab.
The large cross (about $1 in pennies). I made this one for my boss who collects crosses. When I ran out of pennies, I grabbed my father-in-law's stash (with his permission, of course!) He had quite a number of shiny new pennies, so I decided to go ahead and do a shiny one. The lighting was bad--I'm not sure why it looks yellow?!?!?
Now my kids want to make some, so I need to go back to Hobby Lobby and get some pennies from the bank.