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Smashed Souvenir Pennies Display

We collect those smashed/souvenir pennies from different tourist attractions. (They’re usually the cheapest souvenir there!) I always meant to scrapbook them, but the only scrapbooking I have been doing lately are the digital scrapbooks and the pennies don’t fit well in there.

I saw a lot of specimen art around the blog world last year and it inspired me to find a way to decorate with my smashed pennies. I knew we would keep collecting (and finding the ones we already had, I know I put them in a really good place!) so I needed a way to easily reorganize them to make them symmetrical every time we got a new one. A cute cork board was  the way to go. I thought I had quite a few more smashed pennies but so far they are no where to be found, so this smaller display is what I made for now, and the even smaller one was one for my mother-in-law for the two souvenir pennies that she had.

Souvenir Pennies
Picture Frame
Cork (should be the thicker panels)
Super Glue
Thumb Tacks(the flat ones)


1. Super glue a thumb tack to the back of each penny, let them dry.
Glue thumb tacks to the back of your smashed pennies

2. Cut out two layers of cork, glue them together, just with small dots of glue in the corners and one in the center.

3. Lay the cork in the center of your fabric. Glue it to the cork, on the back. Pull the fabric tight before you glue it.
Glue fabric to the back of cork, it covers the entire front

4. Put a little bit of glue on the the back of the cork/fabric layers and glue it to the frame.

5. If your edges look a little dingy from being cut (like mine) you can now glue some rope or fabric rolled up around the edges.

6. Once everything is dry, put your newly embellished push pins into your new fancy cork board. Now when you get new pennies you can just do step 1 again, and reorganize all of the pennies. Have fun collecting!

If you enjoyed this project here are some others you might enjoy:

Souvenir Baseball Bat Display

Mostly Finished Nursery

Ribbon Memo Board

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  8. Monica Jamer 02/23/2012 at 9:17 pm

    I don’t have a picture of the pants, I’ll have to get one when I can! Thanks for checking out my page!

  9. Karla 02/23/2012 at 9:01 pm

    The fabric is perfect for your little display. The collection is cute. I’m now thinking of starting a little collection. Would be fun. 🙂 Do you have pics of the pants?? I would love to see how they turned out.

  10. Stephanie S. 02/12/2012 at 7:06 pm

    Great idea and love it. I like getting these on vacation. Must be a quirky thing I love. Keep sharing.

  11. Donata 02/11/2012 at 9:24 pm

    A simple idea and yet so effective!
    That’s how I like it 🙂
    Thanks for sharing, Monica.

  12. Raejean 02/07/2012 at 9:05 am

    This is a much better way to enjoy your souvenirs than tossing them in a drawer.