About a month ago my husband and I bought a beautiful buffet table for our dining room. Ever since, I have been trying to find fun
ways to decorate the top- especially for
fall. Nothing had really jumped out at me and made me excited to ‘test’ until Cassie showed me a pin from Vone Inspired showing you how she vamped up an old vase using pennies- her Lucky Penny Vase. The inspiration vase from Vone was just gorgeous.
My excitement to try this pin-test was so high that I simply could not wait until I found a large vase like the one originally used. Instead, I settled for a small, cheap plastic vase I had tucked away in my pantry.
Just as the original pinner did her vase, I spray painted the ugly off the original one. Again, my excitement was too high that when I ran out of black spray paint- I couldn’t bare to wait long enough to buy another bottle and instead busted out an olive green we had in the garage.
Next I gathered all the pennies from my kid’s penny jar. As
I was emptying out their jar- my six year old daughter asked me, “mom are you going to give those to the sick kids at the hospital?”.
I felt like the Grinch sending Little Cindy Lou Who back to bed with a glass of water as he stole her Christmas tree….
“No, mommy is going to glue them to a vase- maybe we can give them a few of our dollars instead.”
So after I stole the pennies from the sick children at the hospital, I fired up my glue gun.
Immediately I noticed the pennies were not sticking to the glue very well. They would easily pop off.
I figured the Penny Vase must be cursed.
I knew I shouldn’t have stolen those pennies…
But then I found out it was because my glue gun just wasn’t getting hot enough!
So, I grabbed my brand new ‘back up’ gun and began again.
This time they stuck on so well that when I tried to take one off that had been placed crooked- I broke my nail. My acrylic nail that cost me a pretty penny. Apparently, a lot of pretty (sick kid’s) pennies actually.
But I continued making the Penny Vase.
Next problem I faced was that I needed a half a penny to completely cover this vase. I realized I would have a seam in the back.
So, as I went through each row- I made sure to end around the same place so that the gap would always remain on the same side.
Like Vone Inspired did her vase- I too did not worry about the condition of the pennies nor did I worry about the direction or side. There were a few Canadian pennies and pennies from all different style time-frames. I think it adds to the charm and eclectic qualities of the Penny Vase.
My Penny Vase Results
While I must admit that my version of the Penny Vase is not nearly as beautiful as the inspirational vase from Vone Inspired. I still really like it! I bought some flowers from the grocery for $3.88 to place inside my Penny Vase. It definitely gave life, color and personality to my dining room! This was a fun project that I would do again!