Have you seen how many penny accessories are for sale on Etsy? Here's a sampling:
I also spotted floors, counters and backsplashes tiled in pennies.
But there are less painstaking ideas too, like this ombre penny art:
A penny desk top is another low commitment idea, and there's a really detailed how-to tutorial here.
For DIY penny jewellery, I love the originality of this tutorial, which shows how to decal a penny.
This glitzy penny ring tutorial also caught my eye. I like unexpected projects.
Projects with copper and mint (like this pretty ring tutorial) are also sure to win my heart.
Before you start rummaging through your change, here are a few ways to clean pennies.
P.S. Law abiding Hubby interrupted this post to point out that "The Currency Act and The Canadian Criminal Code clearly state that no person shall melt down, break up or use otherwise than as currency any coin that is legal tender in Canada" (Source). Hmmmm. May I suggest a stealthy penny craft then? Perhaps some painted pennies on a chic vase?