Collin @ MAKE points us to this clever use of a small-denomination coin as a replacement button. Just drill two holes and sew!

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • Michelle

    Isn’t it a federal offense to deface money from any country?

  • Becky Stern

    As long as you’re not defacing it in order to defraud the government, it’s not illegal. Bre’s Coin Ring video podcast talks about this:

  • Alejandra

    I was wondering the same(I´m honduran) and it actually caught me off guard to see a coin of 20 cents turned into a button! :D
    I don’t think it’s illegal, I’ve seen coins on sooo many things over the years… bracelets, necklaces, wooden boxes…