For this Tuesday Treasure, I actually had a bag of treasure to use! Well, kind of. My husband works at Provident Metals, an online coin and bullion dealer. They buy and sell bags of coins, like wheat pennies and junk 90 silver coins, etc. They also get a large amount of just face value coins in the process, so I asked him to bring me home a bag of face value pennies. If you have a penny jar lying around somewhere, or a coin jar, this could be done with other coins as well, I just figured pennies were the cheapest to use, haha.
This was the inspiration pic. I actually prefer the letter shapes in the inspiration pic, but I couldn’t find any like that the day I decided to do this project. I’m sure I could have ordered some from somewhere, but I was impatient and just wanted to do it. My 10 and 4 year old daughters helped me with this project and we had a great time making it together.
This is a before of the letters:
This is the glue we used:
My daughters wanted to make patterns with the pennies, so we did every other penny heads or tails as best as we could on most of the letters. The O was a little funny and had too much space left between the letters, so we overlaid two more rows of pennies on top of the base of pennies. This letter ended up being pretty heavy.
I had some silver spray paint on hand and sprayed the letters. When my husband saw the silver painted pennies, he asked why I didn’t just use dimes. I said pennies were cheaper. Then he asked how much the spray paint I used to make the pennies silver cost. I wasn’t sure how to quantify the amount of spray paint I used from the can to figure out the answer to his question. But I like to think it was cheaper for me to do it this way. At any rate, the pennies cover more surface area of the board than dimes would, so it probably took less time. That makes it better, right??
After the spray paint dried, I made a little wall of things to go under this new LOVE sign. I want my sweet daughters to know to always love themselves, so I added a bunch of cute mirrors that I got half off at Hobby Lobby. I also got a couple of frames from there that were on major clearance. They were both brown, though, so I spray painted them to match my decor better. One I sprayed black and added some silver into the texture of the frame. One I painted silver and it looks kind of pewter. In those frames, I added words I love. Tolkien’s “Not all who wander are lost.” I overlaid this quote on top of an antique script background I found. I also framed a song I wrote for my husband called “Salt Water Soul.” It’s kind of an ode to the fact that we met in Hawaii and him being my amazing Polynesian bestie and all 🙂
So here’s my finished LOVE wall. What do you think? Notice one of the things I love most in this world reflecting in the bottom mirror? LOVE her!! What would you put on your LOVE wall? I’ll interchange family pics on here sometimes, too. Send us pics if you do one! We’d love to see!
PS – I hung the LOVE letters using sticky-backed industrial strength velcro. Pretty sure it might remove the dry wall when I take it off. But it works great for now! Might have to sell it with the house someday, though, haha. #notgoinganywhere
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