Friday, January 25, 2013

Washer necklaces: A tutorial

I have mentioned these necklaces a time or two here on the ol' blog, and I am happy to say that I finally, FINALLY, uploaded the pictures I took for the tutorial that I made for them.  I mean, I've only been sitting on this for about a year...

Lame right?  

Well, the time has come.  Here is your tutorial for the washer necklace.

I am not the creator of these, I simply saw them once on Pinterest, but the pin I had went to a bad link, so I have deleted it.  I am sure there are other tutorials on these out there, better tutorials, but that doesn't bother me, I just like doing this stuff!  


Washers (a pack of 6(?) at Home Depot were like $2)
Xacto blade
Nail file
Scrapbooking paper
Mod Podge (not shown)
String (not shown)
Paint brush (not shown)

The first thing I did was trace my washer on the scrapbook paper.  I used the white side so that any left over pencil marks couldn't be seen.

I used the scissors to cut it out and my Xacto blade to cut the center circle out.


Then I used some Mod Podge and used my old paint brush to apply the glue.

Once that was done, I put my paper cut out on top of it, and then did another coat of Mod Podge.

When it is done drying, you need to check the edges.  It's ok that its a "sloppy" fit because now you will use your nail file to file the edges of the paper down.  I do this by filing in a downward direction only.  The nail file will strip that unneeded edge away pretty quickly.  

Once that is done, I ad another coat of Mod Podge.  

Last but not least, I add a string to it.  I use a square knot to tie it, and in the photo below I added a neat little embellishment.

Here are a bunch that I did.

For the Christmas presents that I made these for, I added lettered beads to put my niece's names on them.  I just used Mod Podge to glue them on.

And the final product!  All of these cost about $3 in washers, and everything else I had in my supplies.  I really enjoyed making them.  I need to make a few more since Dexter broke my silver necklace last Tuesday.

Have you made any of these?  Leave a comment with a link if you have!


  1. Nice.....Tools, Workarea, idea....All good.....I love workshops!!!.....Your Gramma Louie would love that....Better have some band-aids handy as that exacto-knife is tricks-ee as U probably already know!!!!

  2. Love it! I really like the ones with the charms. I found you from I should be Mopping.

  3. Where did you get the lettered beads?

  4. Love these! Where did you find the round lettered beads?


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