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?
Recycle Pennies on a Box for an Unexpected Gift
This week I am co-hosting Creative Crafts – Recycled Edition with my crafty friends Laura from Me and My Inklings and Meg from Makeable Crafts. Featuring eight 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!
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Here’s what you will need to create the Easiest Recycled Penny Gift Box:
- Paper Mache Gift Box – 4″ by 4″ Square
- DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Worn Penny
- MONO Multi Liquid Glue from Tombow USA
- Recycled Pennies – get out those jars of loose change!
- Paintbrush – 1/4″ Flat
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.
Basecoat the paper mache box with DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Worn Penny and then let dry. Apply a second coat, if necessary.
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.
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!
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.
Now it’s time for some INSPIRATION! Below are more upcycled and recycled projects created by some of my craftiest designer friends who are participating in the Creative Crafts – RECYCLED Edition. Scroll down to see all the goodness AND 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
Meg is also our host this week and she has created Mini Mason Jar Craft
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
If you have enjoyed ALL of these wonderful recycled crafts, check out my original Recycled Penny Monogram project that inspired my Recycled Penny Gift Box project today!
Remember, today is just day one! So, stop back by each day this week for more inspiration. And for the round-up of 31 of the BEST Recycled Crafts and Upcycled Inspiration click the link and save the pin!
Thanks for stopping by!