Have a bunch of pennies lying around? Depending on how many you have, here in this post are a several good DIY projects using your loose change. But first, I wanted to share a tutorial on how I created this fabulous penny table shown above. I’ll be honest, this was no easy task, but I’m loving how it turned out!
- Lack Coffee Table from Ikea (It’s only $19.99!)
- Rolls of Pennies (I used 2,800 pennies for this project)
- Gorilla Glue or any type of wood glue
- Disposable Dish or Cup to pour your glue in
- Paint Brush(es)
- Heavy-Duty Pliers (in case you have to cut a few pennies)
- Super Glaze Resin (available at Home Depot)
- Disposable Bucket (to mix and pour resin)
- Paint Sticks (free at hardware stores)
- Heat Gun or Torch (to help get the bubbles out of the resin)
- Drop Cloth
Step 1: Gather your Pennies. I had to go to three different banks to get all 2,500+ pennies, and got some really strange looks from the tellers. One lady even asked me if I was going to pay a parking ticket with all these pennies! Ha, no, just gluing them on a table….
Step 2: Rinse all the pennies. All I did was throw them in the sink with a little soapy water. They will adhere to the table better if they are clean.
Step 3: Get your glue and paint brushes ready, because this is a long process! I didn’t have any disposable cups or bowls handy, so I lined a few of my good dishes with aluminum foil, making for easy clean up.
Step 4: The fun begins! My friend and I started in one corner and worked our way out. It went a lot faster than we expected, taking a few hours to almost get the entire top covered until we ran out of pennies.
Step 5: Once you have the entire top of your table covered, let it dry for at least 24 hours before you start adding pennies to the side of the table. Now when it came to the sides of the table, I had to have my husband cut a few pennies with heavy-duty pliers to avoid having random penny-less gaps. For four days straight, I would turn the table over and cover one side at a time, allowing each side to dry at least 24 hours.
Step 6: Resin time! I used this Super Glaze, pictured above. It was really easy to work with and one box took care of the entire table. Once I mixed the two parts together in a disposable bucket, I poured the resin in the center of the table, using a paint stick to smooth and spread the resin. Make sure to allow the resin to run over all the sides, covering those pennies as well. The resin will pretty much smooth itself out over the course of 15 minutes. While it was still sticky, we made sure to get it off the parts of the table where it didn’t belong, such as the legs. Also, read all the directions on the box of resin before using it. Wearing gloves and making sure you are in a well-ventilated room is important.
Step 7: My husband and I borrowed a heat gun from our neighbor to help cure the resin and speed up drying time. Using a heat gun also helped eliminate any tiny bubbles that were in the resin.
Step 8: Allow the resin to dry in a cool, dust free area for at least 72 hours. Below, the finished project! Like I mentioned earlier in the post, I was pretty happy with the outcome.
The total cost for this table– around $75.00. That’s not too bad, considering if you were to buy a unique piece of furniture like this, it would probably cost quadruple! Here is a break-down of the cost:
- Ikea Lack Coffee Table: $19.99
- Pennies: $28.00 with a few left over
- Resin: $20.00
- Glue: $5.00
When I was searching for other DIY projects using pennies, I couldn’t help but want to share a few of my favorite finds:
Feeling ambitious? For $1.44 a square foot, you could cover an entire floor with pennies!
[Image Source] Here is another penny floor picture.
If you happen to have an old unused bowling ball, you could turn it into a cool penny-embellished piece of decor.
Questions? Comments? What would you create with your loose change?