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How To Use Loose Change For Everyday DIY Projects

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You don’t have to be a handyman with a toolbox to do some DIY around the home. For many jobs, the spare change in your pocket may be the only tool you’ll ever need. In fact, it's completely possible for you to take those nickels and dimes and actually use them for projects around the house—no joke!

That's why we talked to a few DIY experts, who have some cool tips for turning cents into sense (see what we did there?).

Fixing Wobbly Tables And Hanging Cabinet Doors

We can all agree that a wobbly table is about the most annoying thing ever, right? With just a few coins, you can sort that all out. Simply stack them under the uneven leg and there you go—one even table! You can glue them there for a more permanent fix, too.

Coins are also handy for hanging a cabinet door—put a penny underneath to gauge the space required to open and close it once it’s positioned.

Checking Your Tire Treads

OK, so checking the condition of your tires is a lot easier than you might think—and can be done with one coin. Take a penny and place it in the groove with Lincoln’s head facing downwards. If you can see every bit of honest Abe’s face, it means the depth of the tread is too low, and your tire needs replacing.

DIY Screwdriver And Washer

As we said before, you don’t have to have a toolbox to get simple DIY jobs done. A penny is a great substitute for a screwdriver, and can be used to loosen and tighten screws, and open battery compartments with ease.

Similarly, you can fashion yourself as many washers as you need and save yourself some money at the same time. Simply punch a hole through a penny with a drill bit, and there you have it—another addition to your DIY toolkit.

Keeping Away Garden Pests

As this infographic from Wink Bingo illustrates, your spare change can come in handy out in the garden too. A ring of pennies buried around your plants is said to keep hungry slugs away. The copper in the coins reacts with their slime to create a small, slug-sized, electric shock. Pretty neat.

Another tip—half-fill some zip-lock bags with water and put in a few pennies to keep away flies. Weird, right? But it works.

Getting Your Lawnmower Started

Staying in the garden, if your lawnmower refuses to start, rubbing a penny between the condenser and the engine should help the conduction and coax it to life. Science is pretty cool, huh?

Getting Rid Of Carpet Marks

Marked your carpet and need to get it clean in a hurry? Just rub the carpet with the edge of a penny to raise it up and take the ‘edge’ off the mark.

DIY Gifts And Decorations

Right, so you’ve got to get a gift, and you’re thinking something homemade will be a nice touch. You don’t have to be an artist to make something worth giving—and the recipient will definitely appreciate your efforts. Some spare change (and glue) actually makes pretty good decorating materials!

A super-glued circular stack of pennies, for example, can make a quirky coin bowl. Meanwhile, gluing coins onto drinks coasters or a vase is a simple but effective way to liven up shabby household items.

Replacing A Button

If you suddenly notice that your jacket’s missing a button, don’t panic! A penny with two holes drilled through it will make a more than adequate substitute.

Making A Doorstop

Traditional doorstops can be unreliable and easily kicked out from under the door. Why not fill a sock or a small sack with your spare change instead for a truly effective doorstop? Makes total sense, don't you think?

Creating An Ice Pack

Similarly, filling a sock with coins and then putting it in the freezer until it’s cold makes an excellent ice pack for soothing any injuries!