Sadly, the value of pennies has dropped really dramatically in the past decade or so. Nowadays the little copper coins are essentially useless (except for those rare moments when you can actually make exact change) and are even being thrown away in parts of the U.S. But we say don’t you DARE throw those little guys away. Pennies might not be used as often as they used to be, but all we need to do is rethink the way we use them! Here are some seriously clever ways to use pennies around the house, with your kids, or in your general life.
1. Homemade Battery
If you or your kids love science experiments, then you’ll love what this stack of pennies can do. Using just a few materials and the energy conducted through the little copper coins, you can create a battery strong enough to power an LED light or remote control. Pennies might be small, but they’re powerful!
2. Keep Flies at Bayscare flies off, and one of those happens to be pennies! Sounds surprising that change can keep away these pesky buggers, but this Hometalk DIY really works.
3. Penny Table Top
4. Revamped Penny Floorgorgeous, unique floor panels! All you need is some time to collect the right amount of pennies and some serious patience.
5. Checking Floor Tilestiles, you can still use pennies to help during the revamping process. To make sure that all your tiles are evenly laid out, stick pennies in between each one (around each side) to make sure they’re all spaced correctly. Pennies are the perfect cheap item to use for this task, and you’ll know for sure that they’ll provide the exact same space across your new floor.
6. Tire Treads
7. Snail Repellentsnails apparently do not like the copper in pennies, which makes them the perfect thing to use for a quick, effective snail repellent in your garden. According to science, snail secretions react to the metal, providing a slight static electricity response that most snails want to avoid. With this in mind, try outlining your garden with pennies, but make sure they were minted no later than 1981; by 1982, the copper in pennies was replaced with nickel, which may not produce the same result.
8. Copper Curtain Weights
9. Homemade Tap Shoes
What do you think of these creative uses for pennies? Share your thoughts and uses you’ve tried in the comments section below.