Lucky Key Chain for Dad

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By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the blog A Geek In Glasses.

Make a Lucky Penny Keychain for Dad this Father's Day! Tutorial at

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.

Lucky Penny Keychain Materials


Penny Hole

Copper Plate

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.

Anniversary Charm

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.

Dad's Lucky Penny Keychain Tutorial at

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.

Lucky Penny Keychain Tutorial from

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! 

DIY a Lucky Penny Keychain for Dad. Tutorial at

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5 Responses
  1. Marylin Dow :

    Date: May 29, 2013 @ 5:20 AM

    Is it legal to deface US currency?

  2. Maddie :

    Date: May 29, 2013 @ 9:11 AM

    Go to the above website for info about “defacing” U.S. coin and currency (coin being different than paper currency). It seems punishable by jail time…at least, how I interpret it.

    Cute craft, but should you be encouraging mutilation of U.S. coinage? Just sayin’…

  3. Kristine :

    Date: May 29, 2013 @ 10:41 AM

    The site I was reading stated, ” To sustain a criminal prosecution for defacing a coin, the prosecutor must prove an intent to defraud.”

    I don’t think this project would show an intent to defraud.

  4. CreateForLess :

    Date: May 29, 2013 @ 11:14 AM

    This statement kind of confused me because I collect pressed pennies, which is essentially the same thing. I looked into it, and it seems that it only becomes a legal issue if you try to make money off of it. (I still don’t quite understand it because that’s what pressed penny machines do, but they still seem to be doing very well). Thank you for pointing this out.

  5. Mary :

    Date: June 12, 2013 @ 1:21 PM

    If it’s your money you should be able to do what you want with it.
    These people need to go argue about something apparently. I think it’s a cute idea with some thought behind it.

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