By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the blog A Geek In Glasses.
May 23 was Lucky Penny Day and June 16th is Father’s Day, create your own lucky key chain for Dad. This is a great idea for those hard to buy for Dads. Fathers will be proud to show off their personalized gift, with birth dates of the kids and their initials. We made one for my husband and he just loves it.
- Drill or E600 glue
- Copper jewelry blanks
- Jump Rings
- Key Chain Ring
- Metal Letter Stamps
- Penny with birth year
- Permanent Marker – black
To start this project decide which way the coin is going to accompany the jewelry blank. If you are going to drill a small hole in the penny with a 1/16 drill bit, do that first. If you are going to glue the penny to the blank, then you will stamp the initial on the coin first and the letters to the blank then glue.
To stamp the letters, use the metal letter punches/stamps with a hammer and tap the child’s initial in the blank space over the year. Then stamp DAD onto the jewelry blank at the bottom, so when the penny is on top, you can see the letters.
Once the letters are stamped, take a permanent marker and color in the stamped letters. Quickly use a tissue and wipe the top of the metal clean. This gives the illusion of a polishing compound and darkens the letters.
If you are going to glue the coin to the blank, use the E6000 glue. Let that dry overnight, then place a jump ring on the blank and attach it to the key ring.
If you have a drilled hole, use one jump ring to go through both holes. This creates a layered look. Then place that on a key ring.
Now, Dad has a lucky penny that he can keep with him all the time. Other ideas, add a nickel for 5 years, a dime for 10 and so forth, as an anniversary addition to the key chain (like I did above), match the year the coin was minted to the anniversary date. That way mom is included too!