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The Perfect Place for Your Disney Pressed Penny Collection

My family frequents Disneyland. A lot. We’re talking almost weekly. And with kids who love souvenirs (who doesn’t?), this can become expensive. Over the past few years, our go to souvenir item has become the pressed penny.  Pressed penny machines can be found all over Disney properties; in the parks, hotels, Downtown Disney and even in restaurants.  The pressed penny is a great trinket to collect because each one only sets you back .51 cents.  Pressed penny machines offer multiple designs, allowing you to choose a favorite and save some options for next time too!  There are even websites and apps dedicated to helping you “complete” your collection.  I really like the Park Pennies site, they have pressed coin checklists for Disney Parks worldwide.  Storage books can be purchased to hold your pressed pennies, but once we filled up two of them, I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands and create a fun storage jar to keep our precious pennies safe.  With just a few simple supplies, you too can make your own Pressed Penny Jar!

Before you start, you’ll need to gather up the necessary supplies: A glass jar with a lid that is indented a bit (I found some great ones at Target in the cooking gadgets section), Craft Resin from a craft store such as Michaels or Hobby Lobby (you will need to follow the instructions on the package as it may vary depending on the brand), a disposable mixing cup, a disposable craft stick (I use a cut up shish kebob stick), and a few pressed pennies.

  • DIY Pressed Penny Storage 1 of 9
    DIY Pressed Penny Storage
    Keep your pressed penny collection safe in this simple DIY pressed penny jar.
  • Disneyland Pressed Penny Machine 2 of 9
    Disneyland Pressed Penny Machine
    Pressed Penny Machines can be found throughout Disney properties. Don't leave home without some shiny pennies and a pocket full of quarters.
  • Pressed Penny Jar Supplies 3 of 9
    Pressed Penny Jar Supplies
    Glass Jar, Craft Resin, Disposable Mixing Cup, Craft Stick & Pressed Pennies
  • Step 1: Gather Up Your Pressed Pennies 4 of 9
    Step 1: Gather Up Your Pressed Pennies
    We have TONS of pressed pennies at our house. While experimenting with this project I found that you really need to find the flattest pennies possible to display on the top of your jar.
  • Step 2: Lay Your Pennies Out 5 of 9
    Step 2: Lay Your Pennies Out
    The amount of pennies you use depends on the size of your jar. I was able to fit 5 different ones on mine. Remove the pennies and remember your layout before moving on to Step 3.
  • Step 3: Add Resin & Pressed Pennies 6 of 9
    Step 3: Add Resin & Pressed Pennies
    Mix the resin according to the directions on the package. Spread a thin layer across the entire surface of the lid. Lay the pennies in place as you did in Step 2.
  • Step 4: Press the Pennies Down 7 of 9
    Step 4: Press the Pennies Down
    Use the craft stick (I use a cut down shish kebob stick) to press each penny down as flat as possible.
  • Step 5: Cover All of the Pennies 8 of 9
    Step 5: Cover All of the Pennies
    Use your stick to drizzle resin on each penny until they are all fully covered. Let dry according to the directions OUT OF THE REACH OF CURIOUS HANDS. I always let mine sit 24 hours before handling.
  • Step 6: Display Those Pressed Pennies Proudly 9 of 9
    Step 6: Display Those Pressed Pennies Proudly
    Find a special spot to store your collection.

The next time you head out to the parks, don’t leave home without some shiny pennies and a pocket full of quarters!

Do you collect Disney Pressed Pennies? Do have a special spot for them?

Let me know in the comments below!

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