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The Easiest Recycled Penny Gift Box a 30 Minute DIY

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I hate just putting gift cards in greeting cards, don't you? Personal and even quirky containers are always more interesting, especially for the receiver. Surprising my Niece on her recent birthday with a Recycled Penny Gift Box for her Starbucks gift card was super fun and easy. And don't we all have PLENTY of pennies to go around?

Recycled Penny Gift Box Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #recycled #upcycled #penny #crafts #giftbox

Recycle Pennies on a Box for an Unexpected Gift

Recycled Penny Gift Box Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #recycled #upcycled #penny #crafts #giftbox

This week I am co-hosting Creative Crafts – Recycled Edition with my crafty friends Laura from Me and My Inklings and Lindsay from Arsty Fartsy Mama. Featuring recycled craft projects each day this week from some of the most talented designers we know. Check out my tutorial, then scroll down to see all the creativity AND stop back each day this week to see what we recycle!

Team Creative Crafts with Creatively Beth Laura Kelly Designs Artsy Fartsy Mama #teamcreativecrafts #creativelybeth #artsyfartsymama #laurakellydesigns

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Here's what you will need to create the Easiest Recycled Penny Gift Box:

Materials needed to create a recycled penny gift box Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #recycled #upcycled #penny #crafts #giftbox

Here’s how to make a Gift Box with Recycled Pennies:



To start the easiest recycled penny gift box, dry-fit the pennies on the lid and sides of the gift box to make sure that they will fit properly. I was lucky and had a 4″ by 4″ box in my craft stash that perfectly fits 25 pennies on the lid.

Square paper mache gift box with copper paint, glue and a paintbrush Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #recycled #upcycled #penny #crafts #giftbox


Basecoat the paper mache box with DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Worn Penny and then let dry.  Apply a second coat, if necessary.

Paint inside and outside of gift box with copper paint as a base Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #recycled #upcycled #penny #crafts #giftbox


Starting with the top, apply Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue spacing the pennies evenly as you fill in the lid of the box.  Let each glued surface dry completely before you move on to the next side.  TIP: This is the point where you can have multiple gift boxes being glued at the same time.

Glue pennies to the front of a gift box with Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue Creatively Beth #recycled #crafts #giftbox #pennies #penny


Finish the easiest recycled penny gift box by attaching the pennies to the sides, letting each side dry before moving on to the next side. MONO Multi Liquid Glue retains some of its elasticity as it drys so the pennies will not randomly pop off the finished gift box. I tried several types of glue before I figured this out!

Glue pennies to the sides of a gift box with Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue Creatively Beth #recycled #crafts #giftbox #pennies #penny
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Create a Gift Box with Recycled Pennies

I hope that you will try out this technique! It was super quick and easy, going together in just about 30 minutes. Now, I have the perfect personalized Recycled Penny Gift Box for all of those impersonal gift cards.

Recycled Penny Gift Box Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #recycled #upcycled #penny #crafts #giftbox
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Now it's time for some INSPIRATION!

Below are more upcycled and recycled projects created by some of my craftiest designer friends. We are participating in the Creative Crafts – RECYCLED Edition. Scroll down to see all the goodness. Stop back by each day this week for all the super cool projects!

First up is our host Laura with a Recycled Burlap Bag Friendship Bouquet

Lindsay with Artsy-Fartsy Mama made Recycled Shrink Charms

Kimberly over at Crafting Cheerfully created a Recycled Cap Wind Chime

Liz blogs over at Liz on Call and she created Planters from Soda Bottles

Lori from Forty 11 Designs created some super cute Recycled Journals

Did you have enjoyed ALL of these wonderful recycled crafts? Then check out my original Recycled Penny Monogram project that inspired my Recycled Penny Gift Box project today!

Pennies glued to a monogram letter W and a mechanical hand holding pennies Creatively Beth #recycled #crafts #monogram #pennies

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Too busy to make this Recycled Penny Gift Box right now? Pin it for later!  I'd love for you to pin this project to your favorite craft board on Pinterest and then it’ll be waiting for you when you’re ready.

Remember, today is just day one! So, stop back by each day this week for more inspiration.  31 of the BEST Recycled Crafts and Upcycled Inspiration click the link and save the pin!

A collage of the 31 of the best recycled and upcycled crafts Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #recycledcrafts #upcycledcrafts #roundup

Thanks for stopping by! 

6 thoughts on “The Easiest Recycled Penny Gift Box a 30 Minute DIY

  • I love this! Pennies and receipts are some of my favorite materials to use! Thank you for sharing!

    • Thanks Caitlin, The perfect gift box for a teen boy!

    • Thank you, Anita!

    • Thank you, Sam!


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