Given that the Canadian penny is going the way of the dinosaurs, I was especially excited when I found a penny from 1950 in my change the other day. Actually, it was in the first mitt-ful of Canadian change I’ve held for four months. I thought I’d share a few inspiring penny projects while I think about what to make with mine. It seems fitting, given the launch of my Money Talks series earlier this week (which I’m really looking forward to, by the way, because the discussions have been so informative and motivating already!).
Have you seen how many penny accessories are for sale on Etsy? Here’s a sampling:
There are also some fabulous tutorials out there, too. Surely, most of you have seen jaw dropping penny tiled walls, like this beauty:
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.
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?