DIY Penny Tray {Dinosaur Boys Bedroom}

Tuesday / 14 comments
I've seen some really cool floors and countertops around the internet made out of pennies!  It looked like such a fun project that I thought I'd give it a try on something MUCH smaller than a counter or floor.  So I introduce you to my new penny tray.

Tray (I bought mine at the Target dollar section)
Primer and Paint
Envirotex lite

The tray before.

I primed my tray with Zinsser 123 Primer.

Then painted it with the same metallic glaze that I used on the faux leather letter since it's going in the same bedroom.

Then I got my pennies out and cleaned them.  I just washed them with some soap and water.

I arranged my pennies on the bottom of the tray.  I didn't glue them or anything just set them there.

Then I mixed the EnviroTex lite according to the package directions.  You have to use whatever you mix up immediately so I bought a pretty small package of it for about $10. After I mixed it I just carefully poured the mixture into the tray and smoothed it out with a plastic knife.  The mixture self levels pretty well.

Then I set a plastic bin over the tray so that any dust floating around wouldn't get into the drying Envirotex.

The tray was dry to the touch the next morning but takes a few days to cure completely.  The bottom of the tray is super smooth and shiny now!

The tray now lives on the gray dresser in the dinosaur bedroom and holds the magnets and chalk so we can change the word of the week!

I'm just about finished in the dinosaur bedroom.  I'm down to organizing the last few things and have a fun crate project to show you on Thursday!


  1. Your tray turned out great! I really want to give this a try now.

  2. I saw a penny countertop the other day, and immediately pinned it, thinking I could make a tray. Thanks for posting the detailed instructions!

  3. Good Idea. I have all sorts of currency floating around my house, from my traveling days. I could use those to do a tray, and have a souvenir from my travels instead of mess in my draws. Win Win!

  4. So very cool and perfect for a guys room (though I think I'd like one myself!). I pinned it!

  5. What an awesome idea, it looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing this, what a great project!

  6. I love this project! I have a huge ottoman we use as a coffee table and I want to make a tray for it….but I haven't been able to decide on what to do with the tray. This might be just the right, fun idea! I already have that same product that creates a hard finish. Love the pennies - so interesting!

  7. This is fantastic! I saw a penny floor! and I was in LOVE! I also thought it was quite unrealistic LOL... but this... this i can do! I am so inspired! Thanks!

  8. I love the penny floors too! So fun but they have to take so long!

  9. What a wonderful idea, I have the perfect tray to give this a go, thanks for sharing.

  10. [...] them verdigris, then frame them in an ombre pattern. Pennies can also be used on marquee letters, serving trays, or picture frames. Again, it’s a pretty easy process that usually involves: [...]

  11. I love it! I once saw a penny floor! But I think a tray is more my speed! Thanks for the FAB idea... I've also pinned it!

  12. That's a super cute tray and I've got this linked to my pennies post too today, for inspirational penny projects!


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