Pennies are hands down the most annoying, useless bits of change ever.
Seriously, though, when was the last time you used any change for your grocery store purchases, let alone those copper fiends? For me, pennies used to be things that I just avoided and tried to pawn off on other equally uninterested people. I can’t blame those people for not wanting them, though. You can’t even use them in vending machines.
But when I came across this cool DIY project from Instructables user MrJB, my mind changed completely! You’ll understand why when you see the beautiful coasters he made.
First he gathered about four dollars’ worth of pennies.
Then the crafter started gluing them together one at a time.
He formed them into hexagons to get a nice, rounded look.
To finish each hexagon, he added a layer of clean pennies around the outside.
The pieces with the older-looking pennies would be placed between the brighter ones.
Next, he stacked four hexagons per coaster, spiraling them for a circular appearance.
Then it was time to glue the layers together.
But he wasn’t done just yet. For the last step, he smoothed a dollop of Vaseline onto the center of a tinfoil sheet.
This would stop the epoxy finish from bonding to the foil and ruining the coasters.
With everything ready, the crafter spread epoxy over each piece, making sure to coat all of the sides.
After waiting 24 hours for them to dry, he used a utility knife to cut off all of the excess finish.
The only thing left to do was to test each one out. Fortunately, they were all great!
I had no idea pennies could look so cool!
I kind of need these for my home.
(via Little Things)
If you could mail me all of your old pennies, that’d be great. But if you’d rather save them to make your own shiny coasters, you can find the full instructions here.
Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/diy-penny-coasters/