In a quest to be frugal, I saw a
few lots of washers lying around one day and started brainstorming on an easy project we could with them. Since we had just started going through some of my craft supplies I remembered having scrapbook rub-on sayings and thought they would be perfect.
Why not make a custom DIY pieces of jewelry? Maybe a necklace or key chain for someone we love?
This would be a super easy project that even the kids could do and have fun with. While you could use paints, beads or leather cord to make this so cute, we decided to just use what we already had on hand and could easily get my hands on for this project.
Easy DIY Jewelry: Washer Necklace
You will want to select which saying you want to use and make sure it fits on your washer. Carefully cut it out of the sheet. Lay the saying on the washer and gently rubbing back and forth make sure you cover the entire pattern so it all transfers.
Then I took them outside and coated it with a layer of Modge Podge spray to give it a seal.
Once they dried I cut ribbon and jute cord the lengths I desired for the necklaces. I folded the ribbon in half and the end that is folded in two I inserted into the hole on the front of the washer. Pull it through two to three inches and then place the cut ends of the ribbon through your loop you created. Pull the cut ends all the way through until it is tight. Knot.
DIY Customized Washer Key Chain
I followed the above to knot the hole in the washer and then for one, simply double knotted the end of clipped the excess jute. For the one with the ribbon I wanted a little bit more of a feminine effect so I knotted it at the washer once I feed it through like the above necklace.
I folded the ribbon in half and the end that is folded in two I inserted into the hole on the front of the washer. Pull it through two to three inches and then place the cut ends of the ribbon through your loop you created. Pull the cut ends all the way through until it is tight. Knot.
Then I placed my thumb as a guide to keep the spacing even and tied another double knot around my thumb. I repeated three more times and in the last double knot inserted my key chain loop.
Like I said, these could be made much fancier and much more creative (more ideas to come!) but we wanted something super easy and simple yesterday.
If you don’t have washers lying around the house they will set you back from $.12-$.20 at Home Depot. The key chain pieces were about $.03 in a package I purchased at Walmart to get lanyard pieces I needed. I had everything on hand but even if you did go out and purchase the supplies you need to make these, they would be very inexpensive, less than $.25 each.