Happy Friday everyone!!! It is that wonderful time of week again and I have some exciting news, other than we are now approaching the three-day weekend (5 hours and counting woohoo!) Our Disney Trip is now officially paid off!!! Yay!! Now all we have to do is wait 57 days to use our 2 tickets to paradise (well two tickets to Orlando) and be off to the magical world of Disney!!
So on that note, here are some more things we can’t wait to check out. Today we are going to look at some fun way to get Disney souvenirs without breaking the bank and be part of some great activities at Disney. Today’s activity
Pressed pennies are a fun thing to collect as well as a cheap souvenir to remember all the exciting things you did on your trip. There are over 500 pressed pennies at Disney, ranging from characters to hotels. The pressed pennies cost 51 cents to make, (two quarters and the penny you are pressing, so technically 50 cents) making them a fun and inexpensive way to keep the whole family collecting to look back on after your trip.
A pressed coin is created when a coin is squeezed between two rollers, one of which has an engraving on its surface. Approximately, 2500 pounds of pressure is put on the coin (it is pretty neat to watch) as it is flattened. Currently, there are penny, dime and quarter pressed coin machines at Walt Disney World. Presscoins is the unofficial Walt Disney Pressed Penny guide and can give you information on new pennies and where to find them at the resorts, you can also ask a cast member for a map of the locations (another great souvenir.)
Another fun thing that involves the pennies are the coin holders and penny books. The coin holders are simple, it is a way to keep your penny money separate from any other change, so you are prepared for whenever you see a coin machine. We are using a m&m mini container (I have also heard of people using mentos containers )with our own fun labels we have created.
Here are some I have seen for inspiration and one of the wrappers I made for ours.
You can get the m&m mini containers at target or walmart for about $1 each.
Steps to make your own container
1: Buy m&ms
2: Enjoy the candy,
3: remove the original wrapper and replace it with your own wrapper
4: Fill with 2 quarters & 1 penny pattern till you fill it up. The small ones hold about 19 pressed pennies worth. (We also have a larger one from Halloween, holds almost twice as much.)
Tips about pennies for pressing: It is better if you use pennies dated before 1982 for pressing, the newer pennies contain zinc and will leave image streaked and hard to see. Also if you want to shine your pennies so you get nice shiny pressed pennies, soak them in white vinegar for a few minutes, rise with water and wipe down, they should be as good as new. 🙂
This brings me to what to do with these pennies when pressed.
Disney has a ton of different pressed penny books with several designs to choose from or you can make your own (which is what I am doing) as a fun activity to get excited about the upcoming trip.
Disney Pressed Penny Books
You can find these at the park for around $10 to $12 depending on the size and the amount of pennies it hold. The more cost-effective way (especially if you have a few people in your family that what to start their own book) is try Ebay, I saw them starting at .99 cents.
I bought ours at PennyCollector for $6.99 each, they are blank so you can create your own cover. They hold 36 pennies and 8 quarters. PennyCollector also has pennybandz where you can insert a pressed penny and make a special bracelet or necklace for $5.99 (here) each with assorted colors, for any princesses in your house. This brings me to jewelry.
You can make bracelets, necklaces, and earrings from your pressed pennies for yourself, the kids or someone as a gift from your trip.
Here are some of the items I have seen and I will definitely be trying these when we get back (click on the image to see the tutorials)
Of course you don’t need to do anything with them other than enjoy the time you spent collecting them (that too is optional, lo.l) Some might just stick them in an envelope and date it or glue them in their scrapbook, whatever you do is great, just have fun with it.
Do you have any other ideas for these wonderful pressed pennies? I would love to know. Post a comment and share your thoughts and ideas.