Do you want to know how to patina copper pennies? I love penny projects and I wanted to try to patina copper pennies and create a fun display with our initials on wooden letters that I had on hand. I’ll show you how to patina pennies and then create a lovely display.
What is copper patina? It’s that green patina color that shows up on the surface of copper items giving copper an aged look and a rich color.
If you want to know how to clean copper pieces please check out my other post regarding that.
How To Patina Copper
Let’s get started on the patina process.
1. Wash Your Pennies –
Wash your pennies with Dawn, hot water, and baking soda to clean off the oils and dirt on them.
2. Drain, Rinse, & Dry your copper
Drain the soapy baking soda water, rinse the pennies with clean water . The best way to do this is to use a strainer. Let them dry completely.
3. soak copper in vinegar and salt mixture
To create the patina solution, mix together equal parts of white vinegar and table salt so that it coats all of the pennies. Let the pennies soak for 30 minutes so the chemical reaction process and chemical reaction can take place. I did this in a small plastic container.
4. drain the mixture
Drain out the mixture but don’t rinse them with clean water.
5. Air dry the copper
Place the pennies on a baking sheet and let them dry completely so the oxidation process can complete its magic. You can add more salt over them as they’re drying if you wish. Pennies will patina at different rates so you can play with the timing to get your desired color.
Once they’re dry they are ready to use. You’ll have a lovely patina that may be a green color, brown color, and sometimes you can even get a little blue patina color. This is one of the simplest methods for artificial patination vs the natural patina aging process
How To Patina Copper Pennies DIY
I had these plain letters that I wanted to spruce up. I decided to use these lovely patina pennies for the project.
I placed my pennies onto the letters.
I hot glued the pennies into place.
Then you can hang them up in your home.
There are so many possible places to use these fun letters.
After making this project I had several people giggle and tell me that it’s funny “JC Penny”. I didn’t even think about that, and it is pretty funny. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!
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How To Patina Copper – Easy DIY Tutorial With Video
- Hot Glue Gun
- Dawn and baking soda
- Vinegar and salt
- Wood Letters
- Wash your pennies with Dawn and baking soda.
- Drain the soapy baking soda water, rinse the pennies off, and let them dry.
- Mix together equal parts of vinegar and salt, so that it coats all of the pennies.
- Let the pennies soak for 30 minutes.
- Drain out the mixture.
- Place the pennies on a baking sheet and let them dry completely.
- Hot glued the pennies into place.
- Hang and enjoy!
jodie filogomo says
I just need to pick your brain about everything!! You are SO creative!! I will admit that I would want all the pennies to be more bright and shiny? How could I do that?
Thank you so much Jodie – you are so very sweet. So I completely understand and yes – I love shiny pennies as well. For that you would use one of these options to clean the pennies – https://chascrazycreations.com/copper-cleaning-hacks/
I knew it was possible to clean the patina off of pennies, I did not know it was possible to add it. Great tip!
Thank you Vanessa, I like to clean them off and make them shiny as well. Nice to be able to do both.
Kristi Dominguez says
This is too cool! What a fun project. I think the kids would enjoy making this with me! Maybe one for their rooms!
Thank you Kristi, and I’m thrilled you want to do this with your kids. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
Love a good upcycle project – though obviously you could spend pennies they look like they cost more than the pennies used this way!
Thank you so very much Kristen 🙂
Julie Briones says
I had no idea you could do that to pennies! Very cool!
Thank you so much Julie 🙂
Great tip and project, Chas. Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJs!
Thank you so very much Ann, it was a lot of fun to experiment 🙂
Marilyn Lesniak says
Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared.
Thank you so much Marilyn 🙂
Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared.
Thanks Marilyn, have a wonderful week!