Published on July 6th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Penny Serving Tray

Materials: KLACK tray, $4.77 in pennies, brown contact paper, sisal rope, Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive, hot glue, Xacto knife

Description: When I bought this KLACK, I thought the dimensions were great, but that the white dry-erase board base of the tray wasn’t my style. So I gave it a coppery facelift!

1. Use an Xacto knife to cut a piece of brown contact paper the same size as the tray surface, and stick it on. (This step can be skipped if you want the white to show through the penny gaps)

2. Start horizontally gluing down rows of pennies with quick dry adhesive, lining them up as tightly and closely as possible.

3. The pennies won’t fit exactly to the edge on both sides- you’ll have a gap between the last row and the wood on one horizontal edge. You can fill in the gap by hot gluing two rows of sisal rope around the whole perimeter of the tray. (The rope will fill in the gap on one horizontal side, and go over the pennies on the other three sides)

4. Et Voila!

~ Alexandra, Philadelphia

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7 Responses to Penny Serving Tray

  1. Agusti C says:

    If you mix some vinegar and salt and then deep all your pennies in this mixture for about a sec, they will all come out shinny and clean, so your tray would look still more gorgeous.

  2. B arbara says:

    Great idea! So creative.

  3. alexandra says:

    The tray is definitely heavy with the pennies, but surprisingly for IKEA materials it still feels sturdy enough to carry around plates and glasses. I really like the side table idea– will keep that in mind!

  4. AW says:

    We’ve been saving beer bottle caps for years to do something cool and crafty with. I think a tray might be something we could do. Eventually I’d like to have a bar top counter covered in them (the gaps would have to be filled in). But that’s for the inspiration!

  5. germangreeneyedmonster says:

    isn’t that extremely heavy in the end?

  6. Anonymous says:

    But beware of this problem, related to this tray.

  7. Anonymous says:

    This is a great idea for Canadian pennies – the gov’t will stop making the in September!

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