Introduction: Penny Mario Pixel Art

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this is how i made use of all the pennies that i had. i will try my best to explain how to do and where i got my materials. be nice its my first instructable. in total it cost $6:43 to make. $1:43 in pennys the remainder was for the frame. i had the glue and markers.

Step 1: First Step Would Be Sorting Out All Your Pennies. I Have Alot.

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this is the hardest part. takes a long time also a good light.

Step 2: Next You Need an Idea and Tools

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here it gives you all the pixels so you can see how many pennies u will need. the design i used is mario cause im a gamer and thought me might look cool. mario is 16 pixel tall and 12 pixel wide. also these are the tools i used and the picture frame i used.

Step 3: Next Is Using Your Seperated Coins and Start to Lay Them Out.

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i liked the brown look but as soon as u step back it started to look like a brown blob in certain angles. so it took me some time and i tryed to find a way to darken or brighten up the pennies. i didnt like it so i decided to just paint some red ( this is optional keep that in mind. )

Step 4: I Used a Red Paint Marker and Here Are the Pictures and Some Comparisons of Normal and Red Pennies.

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take your time and have fun is what i had to keep saying to my self lol

Step 5: In All It Took 143 Pennies.

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41 red. 43 shiny pennys. 58 blacken pennys.

Step 6: At First I Didnt Think I Needed Glue. I Was Wrong.

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fail... need to glue it down.

Step 7: Gluing Them Down. Using Your Ruler.

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in some of the pictures u see me use red pennies and point at them that is i can keep the straight line. so dont glue them down in the wrong spot ok. remove after u got the line straight. i found if u lay out the pennies in a row dow the paper it helps to center the pixel mario.also if u glue down the first penny on the left use the ruler to keep the straight and it goes a whole lot faster. after the first couple of rows it gets easier. but take your time. dont super glue your fingers together.

Step 8: Next Sign It and Put It in the Picture Frame. But Be Careful I Cut My Thumb on the Glass.

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sign and seal up your work then find a wall to hang your new wall art.

Step 9: Lastly Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor

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some up close shot of the pennies. thanks for viewing this instructable. hope it help you in anyway.


awsome9000 made it! (author)2017-09-16

Not bad for my first one

beneluxbr (author)2017-05-23

Tks a lot! Love it!

Nice tip, to use a ruler to make a straight line of pixels!

I will make those little 'Space Invaders' alliens....

Gjinja (author)2016-12-03

Dude, I just saw this... great job! Especially for your first 'ible! I have a fairly big jar FULL of pennies I'm looking for something to do with so I can start filling the jar again. I've run across quite a few 'uses' for pennies in my search but this seems like it might be a winner. However, if I do this I think I'll use your 'ible steps & apply them to a different figure/picture. Dunno what yet though so your attention to detail here is appreciated... thanks!

Have a safe & happy holiday! :)

sethsdad (author)2016-04-12

Super cool! With enough time, you could probably figure out some chemicals to apply to the pennies instead of paint for the color change effects.

PgXero (author)2016-04-08

Love it. Great Job

yak123 (author)2016-04-06

I made it it looks great

mr87third (author)yak1232016-04-06


mr87third (author)2016-04-05

Wow thanks for all the support you guys. I got a new phone and forgot to install instructables app. So alot of these comments I didn't even know about. Lol Im sorry for the late reply. Also I've been busy last year with my YouTube channel and now I'm getting the itch. That diy itch. So maybe I might upload some more ideas for gamer wall art.

firefightermeyer (author)2015-06-17

great art project

Thank you

craftychellyd14 (author)2015-08-19

I love this idea! I want to make one for my hubbys birthday! Where's that best place to find a template for this? I know what Mario looks like obviously but I have to translate that in pennies lol

I just used the pixel art and a sheet of grid paper and color pencils. Then tried to center it as best I could.

katelyn3565 (author)2015-11-29

Try using vinegar to brighten up older lennnids

mr87third (author)katelyn35652016-04-05

I did for the darkening of then but it didn't work our that good. and I cleaned a couple but they don't look as good as new pennies. But thanks for the comment

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parisusa (author)2016-03-12

Awesome! My son loves Mario!

mr87third (author)parisusa2016-04-05

Yep Mario's a great game character

electric guy (author)parisusa2016-04-03

Dny we all? me2

electric guy (author)2016-04-03

Luv it

mr87third (author)electric guy2016-04-05

Thanks I do too.

gms23 (author)2016-04-05

Hi, how big is the picture frame ? Thanks !

mr87third (author)gms232016-04-05

Well I got it at a local family Dollar store. It's 10"x13" or 25.4cm x 33cm

katelyn3565 (author)2015-11-29


KurtABeard (author)2015-04-16

I'm going to make this and hang it right next to my LEGO Mario.

caitlingelinas made it! (author)2015-01-17

Thanks for the idea! I made mine last night. I didn't want to color the
pennies cause it defeats it to me. So I changed it to use dimes, brand
new pennies and the dirty pennies.I am incredibly in love with it and my
husband loved it. I think I will be making my brother a Link one.

mrønde made it! (author)2014-12-29

thanks for the idee

mr87third (author)mrønde2015-01-15

mronde nice job. sorry couldn't find that line through the o symbol. lol

mrønde (author)mr87third2015-01-16

don't understand "the o symbol." ;-)

StephenL1 made it! (author)2014-12-24

made both mario and luigi for me and my brother.

mr87third (author)StephenL12015-01-15

StephenL1 nice...That looks dope man

mr87third (author)2015-01-15

sorry that I've been gone people I tried to oxidize my Penny's still not even finished. but I'm done with that idea cause the green turn to this spotty turquoise mess. not even at all and the weather here in southern California is crazy its hot one day cold and raining the next. so I might try again this summer but for now I'm gunna go with just painting them. sorry for all those who wanted to see this its just taking forever and I want my Luigi now. looking into making shadow box art, also screen printing and custom wall lamps too. and maybe just maybe lost foam casting. and lastly making a short graphic novel I've been putting off far to long, but I will begin to add more instructables to my profile. but this year i have many ideas and lots of time hope this year will go as planned. thanks for all the views and likes.

retrog (author)2014-11-20

Thanks for this idea. i made a goomba and bowser.

StephenL1 (author)retrog2014-12-24

id love to see pictures of those

mr87third (author)retrog2014-12-01

thanks for the comment retrog

JonC3 (author)2014-11-16

I really enjoyed doing this project. I haven't made anything fun in a long time. Thanks so much for all the pics, tips, etc...

mr87third (author)JonC32014-11-16

thanks Jonc3 that looks dope i like the frame.

shayron.mccallum (author)2014-11-14

I made it, too! Thanks so much for the awesome instructions. I'm working on Luigi next. You are awesome!!!!

thanks shayron.mccallum that gives it a hint of elegance to it I like it.

fitynickels made it! (author)2014-11-13

Thanks so much for the idea. Think of all the other 8-bit characters that can be made!

mr87third (author)fitynickels2014-11-16

thanks fitynickels now thats cool.

StephenL1 made it! (author)2014-11-09

made this on my off day. great instructions and a relatively easy build. i plan on doing this again for gifts in the future. ill keep an eye out for your tutorial on oxidizing the pennies to do luigi bc i want to do one for him as well.

mr87third (author)StephenL12014-11-10

wow thats cool stephenL1 i was all proud showing this picture to people like "look someone made it." lol

mr87third (author)2014-11-07

to all those leaving comments thank you for the support and ideas to expand on this idea. when making this i never thought people would enjoy this that much so thank you for the likes and views. im also going to try and incorparte alot of the ideas i get from u on my next project. im also thinking of adding leds go this project so if u have ideas towards that im open to suggestions.

Romninja (author)mr87third2014-11-08

If you want calculations for leds and the parts you need just reply with the color and the voltage from your source, I think leds in the frame would be one of the best things you could do as this could get a glow at night too. Using leds will also mean you'll need to solder or buy led strips. You could also incorporate a microcontroller, these things don't have to be expensive or hard to do if you have someone willing to explain :)

mr87third (author)mr87third2014-11-07

*Incorporate a lot of ideas I get from you.
sorry i was typing as i walked my brothers to school. lol
also L.E.D's i will like to add to the next project maybe.

RickyJxxx (author)2014-11-07

Wow, this is awesome!! I think my son would love to do this project. Going to save this one for the winter. Do Luigi!

mr87third (author)RickyJxxx2014-11-07

thanks rickyjxxx luigi might be my next project. cause mario is looking lonely up on my wall all alone lol

Romninja (author)2014-11-06

Nice! If you want to make silver pennies you could purchase a solder pot and tin them in it!

mr87third (author)Romninja2014-11-07

thanks romninja for the idea but if i was going to go the silver route i might just use dimes lol maybe mix them both pennys and dimes.

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