Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Penny Floor

It seems that there are many creative and patient people somewhere in the world, with spare pennies and even more free time. I don’t think I would do the entire floor in my house like this, but a piece of Penny Floor would do in Handimania’s workshop.

Penny Floor - don't know if I would have the patience for a whole floor... but a coffee or patio table would be nice!

We have found several photos of mosaic coin floors from around the net to inspire you for this time consuming, however, calming project. Don’t feel lost looking at those pictures, though, as we decided to give you some tips and tricks on how to arrange this awesome floor.

Would you give this idea a go? Do you have any experience with this type of flooring? Share your thoughts and tips in comments below!

Penny Floor

Tips, Tricks and Preparation to create your own Penny Floor

Remember! This type of floor is suitable only for those who don’t mind working with some polyurethane, epoxy sealer and glue. If you are allergic to any, or simply don’t want to walk on artificial substances, quit the idea.

First of all you need to apply all coins on the clean floor without any greasy coat. I would use vinegar and baking soda to clean it instead of any ordinary washing liquids.

The best effect is with naturally patinated coins, but if you need them to shine, again vinegar would do. Just soak them in for some time.

If you consider this mosaic not standing out enough, think of some pattern with both yellow and silver coins. Prepare the design first on the floor to avoid mistakes!

Start gluing pennies directly onto the floor. Some sources say that people used glass glue, Weldbond or Elmer’s glue – experiment!

You can either apply a thick coat of gloss polyurethane, or thinset in any dark color.

If you are not fond of cleaning floors too often, put another coat of polyurethane on the finished work together with epoxy sealer. These two chemicals will make it easier to clean, but I wouldn’t recommend them as safe, especially with kids crawling on your floor.

Floor 01

Floor 02

Floor 03

Floor 04

Floor 05


  1. Hmmm, is it legal to use coins to cover a floor?
    In Denmark I am not sure if it's legal according an old law regarding "The King Coin".

    1. Similar in the U.K., it's technically illegal to deface anything that has the Queen's face on it but I can't imagine anyone would really care.

  2. None of these coins appear to be defaced, so... Problem solved.

  3. None of these coins appear to be defaced, so... Problem solved.

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  5. Why hasn't this been done before now? Awesome idea, and it looks bad ass!
    Thanks for the idea I might do this to a table and then lay a piece of thick fitted glass on top.

  6. I just got a 1948 Jefferson nickel after breaking a $20. I looked it up, and found out that if it was in mint/uncirculated condition that $0.05 would be worth $130.00.

    1. So... I guess you will keep it carefully under a glass.