Miss Party’s thinks every witch and wizard worth their weight in Galleons needs ‘real’ wizarding currency to purchase their Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans and Chocolate Frogs! Whether used for an actual party or just make-believe, making your very own ancient currency is a really fun and easy family project. Even young siblings can help out by making impressions in the coins after big brother or sister rolls them and cuts them out.
Your witches and wizards will have a blast making a pile of Galleons, Sickles and Knuts of their very own design! Long after the party, the magical coins will morph into pirates’ booty, magical fairy coins, or any other fairy tale or ancient currency they can think of. Yes, you could buy some cheap, old, plastic, gold coins, but where’s the fun in that?!
If your guest list is fairly small, it would be manageable to do this project as a party activity, too. Early in the party schedule, take them to “Gringotts Bank” to make wizarding money. Set up your kitchen table as you would for a group cooking project. To keep it sane for you, announce ahead of time that all the money will be mixed together and divyed up so that later they can go shopping in “Diagon Alley”. That way, the kids won’t be worrying over not getting ‘their’ money back again. Of course, a velvet drawstring bag would be exceedingly helpful and authentic for the Wizards to keep their coins in (you can find velvet wine bottle bags in a variety of colors pretty easily around the holidays). At the end of the party, take all the coins the kids spent and place them in a bowl so they can pick out a few they know they made.
Oh, and just so you’re ‘in the know’ as much as they are, it is 17 Sickles to a Galleon, and 29 Knuts to a Sickle. ;)
Supplies needed: (Due to oven use, adult supervision is recommended.)
Polymer Oven-Bake Clay in Gold, Silver and Bronze
-1 gold brick will make 10-11 Galleons
-1 silver brick will make 11-12 Sickles
-1 bronze brick will make 15-16 Knuts
Round cutters – 1 3/4 inches, 1 1/2 inches, and 1 inch (approximately) – try various sizes of bottle caps, mini round cookie cutters
‘Tools’ to make impressions in the clay (Look around kitchen, office supplies and costume jewelry for whatever might work to make impressions or patterns in the clay. Miss Party used a vintage hat pin without any damage to the pin, a fork, play-doh tools, and a pastry cutter.)
1) Preheat oven to 275F, 130C.
2) Cut off about 1/4 inch of clay and roll into a marble-sized ball.
3) Flatten the clay on a hard, flat surface and roll out to about 1/8 inch thickness. Use the appropriately sized circular cutter for the color of clay. Remove excess clay and save for the next coin.
4) Use tools to make impressions in the ‘coin’. When everyone is satisfied with the results of the ‘model’ coin (start over if necessary), use the knife to carefully remove the coin. Pat down any nicks or rough edges on the coin and place on a cookie sheet.
Miss Party suggests letting the kids spend some time figuring out a satisfactory design for each type of coin, you’ll want all the coins to look the same (pattern and size) of a particular color. Repeat until all coin types are made.
5) Bake coins for 15 minutes. Remove cookie sheet from oven and allow coins to cool and harden on the cookie sheet for a few minutes.
Note: Polymer clay has very minimal shrinkage when baked, if any.
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