It turns out that penny’s have some pretty fantastic uses and all of them have to do with creating masterful DIY projects around your home.
From floor upgrades to table finishes to makeshift tap shoes, there are a million and one uses for the coin that everyone seems to have but never takes to the store and spends. Now, you don’t have to feel so guilty about all those pennies you’ve stockpiled in a jar — you can actually put them to good use. We’ve chosen 20 of the best DIY penny projects below, so gather up your loose cents and start planning. A penny might be worth next to nothing, but what you can create with them are priceless.
Who knew that something technically worth so little could be so valuable around the house?
For starters, if your kids want to try out tap dancing, this is a great way to avoid the high cost of tap shoes for a probable short-term interest.
Think of it as a little fun upgrade to the cute sneakers they already have.
How awesome would it be to have an entire glowing floor of pennies in your home?
Need to set those tiles?
Make sure they’re all in the exact right location by putting pennies in the cracks to measure distance.
Use pennies to check your tire treads.
Stick a penny into the tread with Lincoln showing head-first. If the head is not completely covered and mostly visible, your treads aren’t up to snuff and you may need new tires.
Use pennies to combat snails.
Evidently snails don’t like copper. Their secretions react to the metal, providing a slight static electricity response that most snails want to avoid — which means you can use pennies to keep snails away from your garden!
You can make an adorable sign from pennies, too.
Finally, something cute to do with all of that loose change.
Curtains flying around?
Weights are sometimes added to curtain hems, so they can hang properly. For DIY curtain weights made from pennies, combine glue, paper clips, a few pennies, and slip these into the hem.
How about a game for young children to improve their math skills?
You can construct an elaborate penny hunt game with pennies carefully hidden around the room. When the kids find a penny, they place it on a number chart, reinforcing their recognition of numbers!
You can use pennies to create a fun came for children.
Use a large tub; add sterile sand or bagfuls of dried rice, a handful of pennies, and a piggy bank. The child can search through the sand and find some “treasure.”
You could simply collect them, because that’s fun, too.
There are plenty of rare pennies that have more value than you would think, and collecting them and examining their dates and finishes can be something fun to do with the kids.
Resurfacing a table top with pennies looks totally awesome.
It might take you awhile, but it looks like the results would be worth it.
Why not try making a meta penny portrait.
What’s not to love about this portrait of Abes– made of many little Abes, no less?
A coppery backsplash will take your kitchen to the next level.
Can you believe how amazing this looks, despite the fact that it’s just made from pennies of all different ages and hues?
Give your birdhouse a much-needed upgrade.
It might be too expensive to give your own home a copper roof, but at least you can do it to your birdhouse.