Paint the tree trunk and the branches with gold tempera or poster paint. Do not water down the paint or add just enough water to make the paint spreadable. The paper's crumpled surface will absorb the paint unevenly, giving it the appearance of a tree bark.
5Cut out the tree trunk.
Once the paint dries, cut out the entire tree trunk.
6Glue the tree trunk.
Glue the tree trunk onto background paper. Red is a classic color in Chinese culture though you can choose other colors as well.
7Prepare some coins.
Gather various-sized coins to use for printing the coins on the tree.
8Paint the coin.
Paint one side of the coin with gold poster paint or tempera paint.
9Press the coin onto paper.
Place the coin, painted side down, close to a tree branch. Press for a few seconds to transfer the paint from the coin to the paper.
10Remove the coin.
Lift the coin to reveal the golden coin print.
11Make more coin prints.
Continue making coin prints until the tree is laden with coins. Once the paint dries, hang up the picture for lots of good luck and prosperity.
Use textured paper.
If you use textured paper for the tree trunk, you won't need to do Steps 2 and 3. A textured background paper also creates an interesting effect on the coin prints.