It's that time again! Pinterest Challenge time!
I was such a space cadet that I missed the Pinterest Challenge the last time around, so I was going to be sure to get my head in the game this time. Actually, if we are being completely truthful (and this is a place for truth!), I did this project a couple of weeks ago and have been hanging onto it specifically for the Pinterest Challenge.
I was inspired by this keychain that I pinned a while back.
It's a dead link, so unfortunately I can't link back to the original source. The description of the pin said to use pennies from your birth years, the year you met, the year your baby was born, etc.
I was on the hunt for something manly to make Mr. Swell for Valentine's Day, and this seemed to totally fit the bill. Plus...if you haven't heard, Canada has stopped production of the penny. The penny was costing more than 1 cent to produce, so it was no longer worth it to have them in circulation. A couple of weeks ago, stores stopped giving back pennies if you paid with cash - they now either round up or down to the next 5 cent increment (most round up....which annoys me!). Anyhow, since pennies were going the way of the Dodo bird, I figured it was high time that I did a project with them.
I really did want to drill holes in the pennies so that I could put them on a keychain, but after much researching, I realized that I did not have any of the correct tools to take on such a task. I even searched the jewellery making aisles of Michael's to try and find a solution, but kept coming up empty.
I eventually gave up on the keychain idea, and instead decided to frame the pennies.
I dug through all of the change we had hanging around, and managed to come up with pennies from both of our birth years as well as the year we were married.
I glued each of the Pennies onto some brown craft paper, and then also glued on a red heart. The heart is actually from one of our anniversary cards this year, so it has special meaning too.
I dug out an old frame that we had laying around that were weren't using and just popped the paper in it.
It was totally unintentional, but I love how the pennies have a bit of an ombre effect. And I'll be honest, I was very, very tempted to paint the frame hot pink. But since this was supposed to a manly gift I restrained myself. One day maybe....
Since I am a bit of a hoarder, I already had the paper, the frame and the old card, so in total I guess this art cost me 3 cents! Don't worry...Mr. Swell got more than just 3 cent art for Valentine's Day.
I'll be linking this project up at Young House Love, Bower Power, Decor and the Dog and The Remodeled Life.
p.s. from the comments on last week's post, it sounds like you guys are game for starting a de-cluttering revolution! I'll post the first 5 spaces on Friday and we can kick off March with a nice clean bang.