Creating a DIY Mosaic Penny Floor

When I first moved into my house, I found pennies everywhere! Seriously, in every little nook and cranny of my house there was a penny wedged. I found them in the cracks of the sidewalk, along ledges, in floor and sink drains… They’d even hit me in the head when I slammed a closet door.

I tried asking the neighbors what this could possibly mean, thinking it’s probably superstition. Some people say that finding coins or feathers in repetitive numbers is a message from the angels. Others say it’s to keep negative spirits away. Another told me, “if you throw your extra pennies around in your house (under beds, couches, dressers, corners etc) you will always have money.”

I’ve saved most of the pennies as I’ve found them, always thinking I’d find a way to do something creative with them. Today I decided that my newest DIY project should be a DIY mosaic copper penny foyer similar to the one shown here

In her blog post, Amanda explains the process she used for the floor. She glued each penny individually onto the floor using Weldbond Glue, and aligned each penny in the same direction heads up. When she found a special penny, like a wheat penny, she put it tails up. Here and there she also threw in a dime. As she finished a section of pennies, she grouted them using a black, sanded grout. Once finished with the floor she sealed it with a polyurethane floor sealant (3 times) with a wool brush.

I like Amanda’s method, although I may do my floor a little differently. My plan is to use mesh backing (the kind that the 1ft squares of mosaics come on when you buy them at the store). I’m going to spread some wax paper on the table in my spare room, and cut the mesh into 1x1ft squares, using the Weldbond Glue to secure the pennies to the mesh. This will allow me to make the “tiles” whenever I have free time, without tearing up my floor for months.

Once I’m done gluing 16 sq feet of pennies, I will then work on laying them in my foyer. I’ve already checked, and under my living room carpet I have oak hardwood flooring. I think laying tile over the hardwood is a bad idea, because the wood will expand and contract, and possibly cause the mesh to buckle and pop my pennies out of the floor. I’m still thinking of the best way to do it, but right now my plan will be to cut out the area of hardwood where I will make a foyer, then install cement backer board and install the tiles over that with thin set.

What I Need

There are 304 pennies in a square foot, and I’m planning to do a 4x4ft DIY mosaic foyer to start (16 sq ft). So, in total I will need 4,864 pennies. I’m asking friends and family to donate their pennies to me, so I can have a little piece of everyone in my new home. Get in touch with me if you’d like to contribute. I’ll keep everyone updated with my progress.

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