How to Make a Penny Ball for Your Garden


After finding the inspiration on Pinterest, we knew we just had to make one for ourselves. We love the finished product and can't wait to make more of these simple garden features!
We started by collecting all our old pennies and then headed to the thrift store for a round object to adhere them to. Ends up that bowling balls are the perfect medium. They are sturdy and will hold up really well to the outdoor elements like weather and heat.
Next up we welded a stand so the ball could be stationary--and not roll off our deck!
The finished product is proudly displayed on my deck (and in my daughter's flower bed).
Make sure to check out our full post to learn more!

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3 questions
  • Barbara Cook
    on Dec 2, 2015

    Can you please repeat the beneficial goodness of the penny ball...thank you

    • CeeJay
      on Sep 18, 2016

      The copper/water runoff is also supposed to repel slugs. Especially nice with hostas.

  • Liz
    on Jun 25, 2017

    what did you use to glue the pennies on?
  • Marnie
    on Jul 8, 2019

    Will the shinier pennies rust after a while because of the rain? Any way to prevent this from happening? It looks nice now because of the shinier copper colour distributed throughout.

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  • Vanessa Hernandez
    on Sep 17, 2019

    Illegal!

    According to Title 18, Chapter 17 of the U.S. Code, which sets out crimes related to coins and currency, anyone who “alters, defaces, mutilates, impairs, diminishes, falsifies, scales, or lightens” coins can face fines or prison time.

  • Kelly
    on Feb 2, 2020

    Oh wow 😳

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