Today marks 6 months until our Disney vacation. This months countdown gift was pressed penny tubes. My kids love to spend money and make pressed pennies but inevitably I am digging in the bottom of my backpack for 2 quarters and a penny for each kid to make one. Instead of that hassle I made these tubes.
These tubes should easily fit in pants pockets and the child can make what ever penny they want, when they want to make it. I made 3 pressed penny tubes, one for Xander, one for Eve, and one for Catelyn. The Orange tube for "Mammie" is a laundry tube (I didn't have time to make a new label for it). Newly attached to the bags from last month are the "6 Months" Mickey heads. These are paint chip samples from Home Depot (a big thanks to my cousin Kristin for getting these for me, our closest Home Depot is 60+ miles away). I think they turned out cute and have loads of colors to use over the next 6 months. I don't have Catelyn's bag done yet, that's why she has a plain white bag.
Each tube was done in a different character. The blue is Ariel, red is Minnie, and green is Pluto. I chose an old fashioned Magic Kingdom map for the orange tube. I loved this old map of MK and it was my computers wallpaper for many months. You can find the map here: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2011/10/40th-anniversary-commemorative-map-of-magic-kingdom-park/
The labels are found here: http://s143.photobucket.com/albums/r132/donatalie/Pressed%20Penny%20Tubes/Large%20Tube%20Labels/ She has loads of choices and even some for laundry tubes. These are designed for the long M & M mini tubes but I purchased the short tubes and had to alter their length on my computer. Most of the people on the blogs make the long tubes. I didn't think they would fit in my kids pockets as easily AND they would be heavier because of the amount of money in the tube.
I know this seems like a lot of quarters to part with. You can either get rolls of quarters at your local bank or do what we did and collect them over time. My kids were eager to sell me their quarters from their Easter Egg Hunt at the G'parents house. I told my kids that it was for my "quarter project" and I wouldn't explain any more than that. It was killing them to know why I needed all of those quarters.
Directions for gift:
M & M mini tubes
pennies (I used the pennies my daughter and I cleaned in a previous blog post)
Open mini tubes and empty of contents. Pull off the current M&M label, it is glued on but fairly easy to rip off. After selecting the label you want, print it on plain paper. Cut label to desired size for your tube. Glue on the label. After glue is set, I covered my label completely with contact paper. I am hoping this will help it stick better and it will help with water damage in the parks. After that you start filling your tubes with the following pattern of money: 2 quarters, 1 penny.....2 quarters, 1 penny....2 quarters, 1 penny, until your tube is full. Mine took a total of $9.18 to fill each SHORT tube.
The cost of this gift was fairly expensive.
4 M&M mini tubes= total $4.76 at our local CVS (The short tubes are hard to find)
quarters and pennies = $27.54
paper, I already had at home
labels = free to print online
contact paper =$1 at Dollar Tree
quarter for laundry tube = $12
TOTAL SPENT: $45.30