Recycled Craft Pirate Gold Coins

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These darling pirate gold coins (with a FREE printable below) are perfect to add to any party decor!

Recycle cardboard cereal boxes! Simply add a little glue and some gold paint to create the most valuable Pirate treasure of all times – gold coins!

BUT FIRST!!! How much do you LOVE vinyl stickers. I had these adorable pirate map stickers made by my favorite online company ever – STICKER MULE! They make the best custom stickers!

Supplies and Materials for Pirate Gold Coins DIY

  • Recycled Cardboard – Food and cereal boxes are great!
  • Acrylic Craft Paint – Metallic Gold and Black
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Circle Punch – 1” diameter or Circle Template to Trace
  • Piece of Scrap of Paper
  • Regular Pencil
  • Paper Towels
  • Pirate Gold Coin Pattern FREE Printable (Find it below.)

Directions for Pirate Gold Coins from Cardboard


The first step is always to round up the supplies.  Flatten food cardboard boxes and cut them apart at the seams with scissors.  Punch a one-inch circle from a scrap of plain paper to create a pattern.  Cut out with scissors and trace onto the cardboard with a pencil.

Cut out circles from cardboard with scissors OR use the punch to cut them out.  Make bunches and bunches – at least twelve (or more) coins for each Pirate.


Download and print the Pirate Gold Coin Pattern sheet to reference ideas for designs.  Draw the simple patterns on gold coins with a pencil and then trace with a glue gun using clear or white glue sticks.  Hot or low temperature glue works on this project. With kids, it is always safer to use a cool one.

You can also use liquid craft glue, but you will have to wait for it to dry completely before painting, probably overnight.


Once the glue is totally dry, basecoat the entire coin – top, bottom, and edges of all the cardboard and glue pirate coins with gold metallic craft paint using a paintbrush.  Let dry and then if necessary, apply a second coat. 


To apply a messy topcoat, use black craft paint and then immediately wipe off the excess with paper towels.  This will leave the black craft paint in the cracks and crevasses giving the gold coins an aged-like appearance.

These are perfect for a fun party craft for a Pirate themed birthday celebration or an afternoon spent getting creative.  Create special patterns for each of the kiddos, so they know which gold coins are theirs! This would be fun to do at home, at school and at a troop meeting for scouts.

Free Pirate Coin Printable

Grab this free pirate coin printable and use it for this craft. It is also great to use the cut out coins for all kinds of activities including patterns, sorting, counting and more. Download the printable!

More FUN Pirate Craft DIY Ideas

Learn how to make a pirate compass using lids from mason jars!

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Too busy to make this right away?! Pin it for later!  Pin this project to your favorite craft board on Pinterest and it’ll be waiting for you when you’re ready.

DIY Pirate Gold Coins Made from Recycled Cardboard with Designs created with Glue and then Painted #piratecraft #goldcoin #kidcraft #party

I would really love to hear what you think about this super fun pirate craft making diy gold coins from cardboard! If you try it out, I would sure like to see it! Share on InstagramFacebook, or leave a comment/photo on the project pin on Pinterest! #LauraKellyDesigns

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