Allison Murray
Allison Murray
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  • Brownsville, TX

Penny Copper Roof Birdhouse


My grandmother gave me a box of pennies to cover my bathroom floor some years ago. When I decided to sell my home an interesting floor didn't seem like it would appeal to all buyers so I went with tile instead! I thought it would be nice to give the pennies back and since she was hoping I'd make something with them I decided to maker her a copper roofed birdhouse for her backyard!
penny copper roof birdhouse, crafts, outdoor living, pets animals
First you'll need to find a good quality birdhouse that will last outside. Most from craft stores are made from thin craft plywood and are only meant for indoors. This one is sturdy and the wood is thick and it will do well in the elements.
penny copper roof birdhouse, crafts, outdoor living, pets animals
First paint your house a base color. I used a leftover color sample from another project.
penny copper roof birdhouse, crafts, outdoor living, pets animals
Go over your initial color with white chalk paint and distress with a wire brush/sandpaper. For even more age wood stain can add "dirt" to the look. Be sure not to overuse or the whole thing will look quite dirty!
penny copper roof birdhouse, crafts, outdoor living, pets animals
Grab those pennies. If you want only a bright and shiny roof you can clean your pennies with a scrub made from baking soda and vinegar.
penny copper roof birdhouse, crafts, outdoor living, pets animals
Paint or stain your roof and then attach your pennies.
penny copper roof birdhouse, crafts, outdoor living, pets animals
For more information, including the supplies I used including where I purchased my sturdy birdhouse and the glue that worked best for gluing the pennies to the roof, I hope you'll visit the blog post linked below!
Allison Murray

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

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  • Cindy Thomas
    on Jun 24, 2016

    I was waiting to see what kind of adhesive you used to attach pennies?

  • Julia Cimino
    on Jul 18, 2016

    Forgive me for throwing a wet blanket on things, but is it legal to use U.S. gov't issued money for any project?

    • Darcy Cagle
      on Jun 12, 2018

      Pennies used on the floor of an actual house is awesome looking, and just think, it'll add more value to the house lol. I love this idea for the roof of a bird house! I'm totally going outside to do this now. Thank you so much for the post!

  • Tlw6933834
    on Jan 16, 2017

    How did you hang this? I love it by the way!

    • Allison Murray
      on Jan 16, 2017

      This birdhouse has never been hung, largely because of the weight. Instead It has been on top of a table, but I believe the idea is eventually secure it to a 4x4 post with L brackets. It's no longer in my possession so I can't even mess with it to try and figure out how to hang it and I apologize for that! :)

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