Are you looking for a way to change up the flooring of a room or create a new top for a coffee table or nightstand in your home? You could go with some nice tiles for a floor, or plain glass for the tabletop, but any home you waltz in to has those. When you want your decor to stand out, you need something different. Here, the answer lies in those five-cent coins that lay in the bottom of your purse and between couch cushions.
Outside of its coin form, nickel and nickel-containing materials are prevalent in our everyday lives, with nickel use growing at a rate of 4% each year. The coins are also in our lives daily, but a nickel’s low value doesn’t make it very useful when paying for your morning coffee and its large size makes it a bit cumbersome to keep in your wallet. Repurpose these little-used coins with this DIY project to create a nickel-tiled floor.
Tools and Materials
- Nickels (Plenty of them; the exact number will depend on the size of the surface you are tiling).
- Circle template.
- Packing tape.
- Sharp knife.
- Fiberglass screen (Like the kind traditionally used for screen doors).
- Weldbond glue (Typically used with mosaic tiles).
Steps To Construction
- Tape the circle template to a piece of cardboard with the packing tape to create a temporary support for the weight of the nickels.
- From the mesh, cut enough one-foot squares that will cover the surface that you are tiling. A single one-foot square will accommodate about 195 nickels per tile.
- Adhere a square of mesh to the template taped on to the cardboard.
- With the Weldbond Glue, attach individual nickels to the mesh following the circular template. You can arrange them in a random pattern with the head or tail facing up, or do it in an orderly fashion.
- Remove the finished mesh square from the cardboard, tape, and template. Use a sharp knife to cut away any excess mesh from the nickels.
- Repeat with each square of mesh until you have enough to cover your surface area.
- Install the pieces like tile.
- Overlay with the fiberglass screen and properly secure it.
You can use this general method for countertops and tabletops as well, and with other coin denominations. The silver look produced by using nickels is very suitable for bathrooms or kitchens with white color schemes, but pennies would be suitable for darker color tones. This project is creative, fun, and as it costs about eight cents to produce just one of these five-cent coins, you’ll be getting your money’s worth in nickels.