Wood Play Money (A Tutorial and Free Download)

If you’ve followed my blog for a while you know that there is a juice addiction in our house. One night I was so fed up at the “begging” for juice that I made “juice money” so that Boo would have to ration her juice herself. Guess what…..it worked! Every morning when Boo wakes up she gets 5 juice dollars to budget throughout the day (including her lunch juice) and she’s really good at it.


I’ve expanded to TV and Computer Time Money as well and the money has now been upgraded to these cute wood-nickel type pieces.



I’ve added a PDF version of my template that you can print off for yourself at the bottom of the page and it includes the following:

I used Citra Solv to transfer a photocopy to 1.5″ wooden disks (please click here for my FULL Citra Solv tutorial and an explanation of the photocopy or laser printer you have to use for the image).



I cut out each image from my template and placed them face down on the wood disk and used a paper towel to rub Citra Solv onto the back of the paper:


Using my finger I rubbed the back of the paper to transfer the image….


…..and peeled back the paper leaving the image behind:



Finished money! Ready for budgeting!



The PDF template includes graphics for juice, milk, TV/computer time, sweets, and video games! If there are others you would like mention it in the comments and I’ll see what I can do!  Thanks!




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Living a simple, creative life in #smalltownusa Bryson City, NC. Renovating a 1960s ranch house and an old train depot. Thank you for reading! Read more in my about section. 


  1. 1

    This is genius! I just love these. I remember my husband saying his mom did poker chips for him and his 2 brothers but the plan backfired as there was some stealing and lying going on about how much was used. :)

    Anyway, not totally related, but I was looking for a contact me and didn’t see it, so I thought I would just ask you here…how do you “host” a file download like that for your readers? I was hoping to start offering pdf files for my readers with free downloads and for the life of me can’t figure out how to do it without hosting it on another site. I would love to know your secret.

    Thanks in advance, Rachel

  2. 2

    Wow! I’ve got great plans for this transferring process now! Thank you for sharing! Is this easier or better results than the Golden Soft Gel method? We’ve done that one.

  3. 3

    I would be soooo grateful if you’d give us a Sugar money??? You know, a treat money download? You are SO awesome, Ashley! I love EVERYTHING you do!

  4. 4

    Oh there is, Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. 5

    awesome!!! thanks:)

  6. 6
    Deb Westbury says:

    Now to get you working on the future…I love these, wish I would have had them when my dd was growing up or at least thought of something like it…now I need something for the older child, still living at home…

  7. 7

    brilliant – I use old “Life” money from a game I got at the consignment shop, but sometimes I forget which denomination is for what – this is a terrific way. I think I may make some with “compliments” (my kids get treats when others give them 10 compliments) for a compliment jar…
    thanks for always having such great ideas and sharing them!

  8. 8

    Absolutely LOVE this!

  9. 9

    So cute!! :)
    Thanks for sharing!

  10. 10

    Thank you for sharing the transferring process! I only knew of gel medium to transer copied images and it looks like citrasolv does a much better job for wood surfaces!

  11. 11

    Absolutely. Genius. Idea.

  12. 12

    Love it! I think we will be doing this soon! I loved wooden nickels at the local soda shop when I was a kid!

  13. 13

    Oh wow! This is a super great idea and I have a feeling I will make a set for my son next month. Thank you so much for sharing an awesome idea =)

  14. 14

    I would love to have some that had 15 minutes for tv and the computer. It would also be great if there were ones that said things like ” Good for 1 game with me”, “good for one hug” , “good for one extra story” or “Good for one walk” Just little rewards that wouldnt take much but would mean the world to a little one!

  15. 15

    How easy are the token templates to make? I too would like to use them for other rewards, like walk with mom or mom date/dad date, etc., but I don’t want you to have to make them for me. Could I just make them on a word processor? Or better yet, through Silhouette software?

  16. 16

    Where did you get your wooden disks? Is this a common thing at Hobby Lobby etc?

    I Pinned this, bc it is soooooo awesome!

  17. 18

    I love this. We are in the process of changing our kids to a commission salary (instead of straight allowance). Is there a way that you could make dollar symbols. .15 cents, .25cents , .75cents, and 1.00 dollar. We figured at the end of the day when they do the commission work we would give them a ticket/or something, that they would than hand in at the end of every two weeks to get their money from us. This seems like exactly what we need.

  18. 19

    OH MY GOSH! I absolutely love it :) New follower and I’m pinning this :)

  19. 20

    These are so clever! Thank you so much for sharing. I found your blog via Eighteen25. :)

  20. 21

    I just found your site and you have such wonderful ideas that you have shared. I love the budget money and would love to see some reward ones added (if you create them for the other requestors) like read a book, mom/dad date, walk with mom, etc. Thank you.

  21. 22

    Or maybe one that says “TV Time…Choose One Favorite Show!” My little ones don’t know how much time they are watching but we measure more by the length of a show. So cute!!! :)

    Also, one that says “Snack Money” would be helpful!! Thanks! :)

  22. 23

    Ashley, I was just wondering how old Boo was when you started doing this with her? My oldest daughter is 3 1/2 and I absolutely love this idea. I was just curious, as I often am, when other mom’s start implementing teaching tools like this! Thank you for this wonderful idea and all your fabulous ideas! You’re truly an inspiration!

  23. 24

    Ooooh! these are so cute! I am going to put them in an antique Ball jar for my granddaughter. If you are feeling inspired we would love love lots more- like shopping, game night, movie, playdate, icecream, teaparty, sleepover,

    Thanks for the sweet templates. You rock!

  24. 25

    Thank you SO much! I’ve been following you for a long time, and while I love all of your tutorials, crafts, and such, this is my favorite so far. I divvy them out at the beginning of every week & put them in their mason jars that already hold their chore popsicle sticks. They can only use their tokens after their daily chores are done. It works wonders for my kids, and I tell EVERYONE about them :)

  25. 26

    I dont know what i am doing wrong i print it out on my laser printer cut it out put some citra solv n for some reason the ink runs out n you cant see the letters is like blurred what can i do i am doing a hanging scale for my daughter’s store n the ink got on my clock wood but is all blurred n mess up can i take it out n redo it please help n thank you

  26. 27

    Thanks for the great idea! Any chance you have a more generic version? I have a two year old and a four year old. They are both earning star stickers right now on a paper chart for good deeds, but my four year old always asks for Legos when he fills his chart. I definitely need to start teaching him about how much they cost! My little one uses her reward for less expensive items like stickers, but I’m not sure it is ever too early to teach them about money and budgeting! Thanks again!

  27. 28
    Carlsen says:

    Amazing stuff!!! Really looks nice and professional. :) love the works and idea. Thanks for sharing it!!!

  28. 29

    Perhaps I’m doing something wrong, but I cannot get this to work. I’ve used LaserJet, photocopied, InkJet – nada. Could someone please help share ideas why this wouldn’t be working???

  29. 30

    I would love to download and try this tutorial, however when I mouse over the image that says “click to download” the only option I have is to “Pin It”. It won’t let me right or left click or download.

  30. 32

    Hello there,
    I find this hack on google and I want to share it with you guys, what you tink ?

    Is not this awesome ? This is clean and safe to use for everyone, so follow the video instruction for succes.

    Download from here: http://bit.ly/Mf1sMe

    Enjoy !


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