27 Feb 2013

The Last Great Penny

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. 

Easy Penny Art

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.

Penny birth year art

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.

Penny Art

I dug out an old frame that we had laying around that were weren't using and just popped the paper in it.  

Framed penny art

Easy peasy.  

DIY Penny Art

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....

Easy DIY Penny Art.  Use a penny with each of your birth years and the year you were married.

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.  

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25 comments:

  1. Ca-ute! Canadians everywhere should do something this clever with their pennies, before there are none left to be found.

    I think I will do something like this for each of my kids. One day they will look back and laugh "hey, remember when we used to use pennies?" lol

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    1. Thank you! I felt that I had to do something with those sad pennies. I am sure years down the road my daughter will look at them and have no idea what they are. It's like the old dollar bill that I have stashed away!
      Thanks for the comment.

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  2. I made nearly the same craft! :) I took my inspiration from all those crazy awesome penny tile posts I've seen.

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    1. Well great minds think alike. Off to check our yours....

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  3. I love that idea! No pennies?! Crazy! But then again pennies kind of annoy me anyway so I guess it's okay. I'm sure that will happen here in America soon!

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    1. Yup, no pennies. I have to say that I am not a fan. It seems like a good idea until you owe $15.41 and you are paying with cash and they ask you for $15.45....that 4 cents makes me nutty. It'll be interesting to see if it happens in the US - I guess it all depends if yours cost too much to make.

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  4. What a fantastic idea! So meaningful and yet simple at the same time!

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  5. I love that the pennies have special years. Nice touch!

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  6. How cute. We have state quarters here in the US. It would be super cute to do something similar to this with all the states we've lived in.

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  7. I would love to join in the de-cluttering challenge! And i love your take on the Pinterest challenge...that's a great idea!

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    1. Thank you! The first post in the de-cluttering is going up bright and early on Friday morning...so get ready! Glad to have you along for the ride.

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  8. Absolutely adorable in its simplicity.

    I'm really glad you decided not to paint the frame, I think it's absolutely perfect without it the extra color. :)

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    1. Awe thanks! See, sometimes things ARE better when I don't go messin' with them.

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  9. I have been thinking about doing a DIY with our pennies. I love your idea - simple and sentimental. :)

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  10. Awww, this is so sweet! Did Mr. Swell love it? Oh and can I just say that I'm lusting after that wall! I'm off to search for the tutorial :)

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    1. He liked it...I am not sure he LOVED it, but I did :) He did get some other nice stuff for V-Day that he loved, so it was all good in the end. Just in case you didn't find that wall tutorial - here's the link: http://www.aswellplacetodwell.com/2012/04/project-pallet-part-2.html

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  11. I love this! Happy to have found your blog

    Jenny
    Www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  12. Kelly, I love this idea! The girls and I just dug through our pennies {$10}, to find everyone's years. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. That's great that you were able to find them all! When I started looking I figured there was no way that I would be so lucky to find each year....I guess hoarding pennies makes it worth it!

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  13. Great idea! I love to collect coins from around the world.
    That will be a great way to display them

    Nina

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    1. That would be a really neat way to display them! I have a bunch of paper money from around the world that I need to figure out something to do with.
      have a great day!

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  14. Love this! So simple yet meaningful! And love the little heart at the bottom :)
    Cheers!
    Liz
    www.gimmesomestyleblog.com

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  15. Such a ez a sweet craft--off to pin it now!

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