Penny Button





Introduction: Penny Button

I tend to break a lot of buttons so I decided to find/make one that didn't pop off my pant's. After some thought I decided that a penny would make a great button, or even a quarter or dime.'

Step 1: Preparation

The tools you will need.
1.drill with small bit, bit size depends on how big you want the holes.
2.Dremel tool
3.Center punch and hammer glasses
5.vice grip pliers

Step 2: Chooes Hole Location

Use the center punch and hammer to make dents at the location of each hole. Doing this helps keep the drill bit from wandering.

Step 3: Clamping

Use the vice grips to clamp the penny in place. Don't squeeze the penny to hard or you will mark and scratch it.

Step 4: Drill the Holes.

Drill the holes out, then take the dremel tool and clean up the holes. make sure you get all the bur's and taper in the holes to insure that they don't cut the thread when pressure is applied to them.

Step 5: All Thats Left Is to Sew Button On.

I am leaving this one up to you. All and all it makes a pretty durable button that will not get brittle and crack.



  • Epilog Challenge 9

    Epilog Challenge 9
  • Sew Warm Contest 2018

    Sew Warm Contest 2018
  • First Time Author Contest 2018

    First Time Author Contest 2018

We have a be nice policy.
Please be positive and constructive.




I had this same problem so I made a IBLE on my take on it before I saw yours. Most my pants are using my method and have been with me for over a year. Your idea is awesome and a heck of alot more durable in the long run. I'd only worry about the drilled holes eventually sawing the thread but you could of course use bread tie wire which i did on one.


Check this out - this is a really cheap deal online for buying bulk random old and newer foreign coins from who knows where you'll get them from (kind of like the garment district for coins if any of you know the Boston area) and im sure anyone could find something to make a really cool looking button. Apparently they even have ones from the old Soviet Union for all those who are into like CCCP stylin stuff and all

you may want to be careful with what currency you use sometimes the goverment gets ancy about distroying it cause its technically their property

This is a bit of a tricky subject. Technically under US Title 18 USC § 331 - The Mutilation, Diminution, and Falsification of coins there is only issues with fraudulently modifying the currency.

If you do not " fraudulently alters, defaces, mutilates, impairs, diminishes, falsifies, scales, or lightens any of the coins coined at the mints of the United States, or any foreign coins which are by law made current or are in actual use or circulation as money within the United States; or
Whoever fraudulently possesses, passes, utters, publishes, or sells, or attempts to pass, utter, publish, or sell, or brings into the United States, any such coin, knowing the same to be altered, defaced, mutilated, impaired, diminished, falsified, scaled, or lightened—
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both."

So as long as you are no longer planning on passing it off as currency anymore, you are fine. I also looked into several different statements and it appears this is the general understanding. In that case, making coins into art is ok. But, as Soksume says, it is important to not use anything that large.
There is an expectation for a certain amount of coins to vanish from circulation. They get lost all the time, especially pennies.
I would say have at it, just don't make $100 worth of buttons.

i like this idea...


im not too familiar with drilling. you were able to drill through the penny while the penny was on that surface? is that a special drilling surface or some other surface with a certain characteristic? I'm not only meaning to do this great instructable :) , but also to start a nice workshop (in an apartment :/)

I used a center punch to make a dent, this is done to keep the drill bit from wandering. make sure you put a piece of wood under the penny cause you will end up drilling in to it.

wow. nice. though, at a penny a button, that could get expensive!(joke. laugh. now.) I have some old button-up work shirts, and those plastic buttons NEVER survive... Now I know what to do with all that change my friend gave me from Honduras!

I never thought about using foreign currency, that's a good idea.