I have loose change that I empty out each day on my dresser. The change always seems to get in the way when I need to use the dresser to write on paper. I'd like to find a way to organize the change so it doesn't take up as much dresser space. I know I could purchase a piggy bank, but I don't want to spend any money on this. I've tried putting the change in a drawer, but then it gets all over and in my way when I put clothes in and back out of the drawer. I've also tried putting them in a plastic bag, but I really hate that option since it is really tacky, and I need to open and close the bag each time I have more coins to put in.
It doesn't matter if all the coins are mixed in some makeshift container together or if there's some makeshift contraption that organizes the denominations of the coins as well. Either one will work for me.
A craft idea I have is to cut 4 or so old socks, probably right around the ankle part. Then take some string or rope, and cut some small holes in the socks for the string to pass through. Slide the string through the socks, then take another string and tie/adhere the ends together. With the other string, just adhere it to the wall with a nail or something. Thus I can have a nice organizational coin holders.
Another idea without worrying about organizing the denominations is I could just take an empty gallon water jug, cut it around the middle, and then just use the bottom part as a coin holder.
If you do not mind to keep the money together, any mug or bowl would do.
But if you want to separate out the coins, I would go for a series of smaller bowls or a divided plate.
When you take the money out, it takes a few seconds to put the money into the right part of the plate or the right bowl. When the little bowls get full, you can take one or its content, or several at the same time, to a shop and make the shop owner happy with sorted small change. A breakable version of a divided plate, durable plastic ones are often found and one time use ones as well. Photo by Kaszeta Full details here.