DIY penny ombre art

Hey friends! Today I have a fun guest tutorial! Let’s welcome Natalie Shaw from Doodle Craft. I love this ombre art she created with old pennies. This would be such a fun activity to do with your kids this summer! My kids LOVE sorting money! :)
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 Penny Ombre Art Tutorial -A fun summer-time science experiment to do with kids!
Supplies needed :
  • A frame
  • Burlap or canvas as backing
  • Pennies
  • Vinegar and salt

1. Start with your frame. I spray painted my gold frame with a little copper and teal…just for fun!

2. Wrap burlap on the backboard, remove the glass and hot glue it in the frame.
3. See how many pennies fit in the space. (96 for me -my 4th grader did the math).
4. Gather your pennies!
They are naturally a wide range of colors…
Sort out the brightest, brownest,
blackest, whitest and teal-est ones.
Now, the science.
Take some mid-range colored pennies
and put them in a glass dish.
Add 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1 teaspoon of salt.
Immediately they will brighten and become shiny.
Let them soak about 5-10 minutes.
Pull them out and set them on a plastic plate…
don’t dry them off.
Over the next 2 hours they become slimy looking.
Then they’ll turn very bright turquoise–or verdigris as it is called.
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Our pennies dried over night.
Then arrange them on the burlap.
I let the kids decide which were brighter.
Then hot glue them onto the burlap!
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Picture perfect!
I am Natalie Shaw from doodlecraft!
Pretty sure my love of crafting was prenatal.  My mom was crafty and fun, and
I’ve inherited that from her…along with her nose.  I’ve been blogging
for just over a year now and love the DIY blog world, I just soak up
ideas like a sponge!  My wonderful and funny husband and my 3 kids are
my partners in crime.  We homeschool and all do projects together.  We love parties,
decorations, Halloween, furniture building and redo’s…
Some simple favorites have been:
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Jamielyn Nye

of I Heart Naptime

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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8 comments on “DIY penny ombre art”

  1. Thanks for posting! Looks great! :)

  2. This is so cute! I would have never thought of it!

  3. What an awesome idea! Love the turquoise color of the bottom row.

  4. What a cool idea! My dad collects coins – what a fun gift this work make for him! My hubby is just a fan of money in general (haha!) and could see him loving this too. I love the “science” and the color it ads! :)

  5. wow what a great idea! this looks fun and easy to do. why did you decide to use burlap? and how did you attach the pennies on the frame?

  6. Wow that looks real good, and I love the idea.

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