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Homemade Gifts Save Money: Washer Necklace

by Kelly Crawford

Alexa wanted to set up her own booth in an upcoming local Bluegrass Festival.  So we set out to find just the thing that would be cute, easy and fun.  These washer necklaces proved perfect.  We’re addicted!

I’ve decided we’ll keep these on hand for gifts too–think hostess gifts, birthday gifts, just-because gifts…

Remember, homemade gifts save money!  Make your own washer necklaces for a beautiful gift.

Here’s how it’s done:


  • washers (we used 2 different sizes–1/2 ” and 3/4″) (These are the ones we used)
  • all-purpose glue
  • Triple Thick (aka “Diamond Glaze”)
  • scissors
  • beads
  • string or ribbon
  • Scrapbook paper (It is suggested that you make laser copies of scrapbook-type paper as inkjet prints can bleed.  However, I experimented using the regular paper and had no trouble.)
  • hole-punch (optional)


Trace the washer.


Cut the doughnut-shaped paper out.  We chose the 1/2″ washer first because we found a 3/4″ hole punch perfect to cut out the middle.  But these are a bit large (although we like them), so we did some smaller ones too.  To cut out the middle of the smaller ones we simply folded the circle in half; when it’s glued down, the crease doesn’t show.  You can also use an Exacto knife.



Apply glue to the washer then press the paper shape down on the roughest side of the washer (you want the smooth side to lay against the skin.)



Let the glue dry (a few hours).  Then, with a wooden skewer or similar tool, apply a thick layer of glaze and swirl it around until it evenly covers the entire surface.


This is supposed to dry for 48 hours but we impatiently put ours together a lot sooner (less than 8 hours!)  You just have to be careful handling it until it is completely hardened.  Oh, and baby teeth will show up in the finish 😉


You can purchase fasteners at the craft store, but we actually just made our own like this.  We decided that the ribbon is prettier so we’ll be buying different colors to match the other designs.  As you can see, we also added a bead to the top of the washer.  To attach the  hemp rope, we just doubled it, put the folded end through the hole of the washer, and brought the loose ends back through.


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Kelly L April 20, 2010 - 10:53 pm

So super cute!!!!!! And totally in style! Great job. If my daughter did not have a specially built in the wall cabinet full of jewelry, I’d buy a bunch!

Angela April 21, 2010 - 12:59 am

What a great idea. You have such a creative family.

Lisa April 21, 2010 - 1:11 am

This is a great idea! We’re hoping to have a booth at a local community festival this summer and have been searching for simple (and cute) items for our daughter to make. Thanks for the inspiration!

Diane April 21, 2010 - 5:55 am

Just a nifty idea! I am trying to think of some sort of thing my Millen could make to sell. Although she is 17, her skills are, of course, at a much lower level due to her Down syndrome. I think it is such a wonderful thing when kids can earn their own money from things they create with their own hands. Your idea for your little girlie is wonderful!

brenda davis August 31, 2012 - 12:54 pm

diane i just happen to see your comment on here about your daughter being 17 but being limited because of being down syndrome…that just popped right out at me i had a daughter who was down syndrome and it was the most rewarding time in my life,. i will keep her in my prayers and if you come up with some ideas let me know as i have some craft stuff i would be willing to give her….my email address is brendafrank@bellsouth.net…how close are you to talladega, al ???
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Natalie April 21, 2010 - 8:52 am

Hmm… these look like great nursing necklaces for those of us with little ones! I need to wear sturdy, baby safe necklaces… think I’ll need to make some of these. Thanks!

Ayla April 21, 2010 - 12:54 pm

What an awesome idea!!!

Linda April 21, 2010 - 6:41 pm

Does this festival actually let kids set up a table? Or are you selling your skin products and she can set out her wares as well? Either way, what an exciting learning experience for her.

Linda April 21, 2010 - 6:55 pm

My daughter set up a small table at a show I was doing a couple of years ago… small bean bags and zip lock bags of home made play dough for $1 each were a hit with her peers (for more ideas 🙂 )

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Tara April 28, 2010 - 7:12 am

I trace the washer and cut the circle out, but it always hangs off the edges when I glue it to the washer did yours do this too? Thanks!

Word Warrior April 28, 2010 - 9:19 am


I had a few to do that…I tried cut on the inner part of the tracing and then I used an emery board on some of them to smooth the edges.

Tara April 28, 2010 - 3:11 pm

Thank you for replying. I will try that.

Tara April 28, 2010 - 4:08 pm

Do you use the emery board after the triple thick?

Christine October 1, 2010 - 3:03 pm

I love these! Can you tell me how you dealt with the ends of ribbon? Did you tie them together or use some sort of a clasp? Thank you so much for sharing these!

Taunya August 31, 2011 - 7:16 pm

You showed how you fastened the hemp rope.
But how did you fasten the ribbon?

amelia November 8, 2011 - 3:25 pm

i’ve been wearing old scuffed washers strung around my neck for years. i think they look pretty cool even without cute paper pasted on.

this is a cool idea, though. could be fun to make necklaces that match certain outfits or something.

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Ruth Doane January 12, 2012 - 8:49 pm

I just tried this but not a little scared because the triple thick looks like it is not smooth. Hoping it while it dries it will look better. I need to do a little better on the next one for my cutting out the trace of the washer. Hope it works!

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Do you cover the back and the sides also with paper?

Word Warrior February 10, 2012 - 2:33 pm

Nope, just the front 😉

Janet April 22, 2012 - 1:58 am

I love this idea and have been making my own as gifts but I have run into one problem. The Triple thick does not set. If anything is touches the necklace it imprints into the triple thick. Has anyone else noticed this. I did some research on different types of glazes and seems the answer maybe epoxy/resin?? I have not tried it yet so not sure if it works better yet. Any suggestions would be great.

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Janet, I used the epoxy/resin and it takes forever to dry. But the worst thing about it is that is smells bad. I’m trying to find something else. Glad to know about the diamond glue. Mabey you could just use the mod podge even though it would be flat.

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Love this idea too. Am using it for Mother’s Day gift this Sunday at church. Kids helped me cut out circles & glue with Aleene’s Tacky Glue 2 weeks ago. My own darlings are helping to finish by gluing layers of Martha Stewart Crafts brand High Gloss Finish. 2-3 hours between coats & they look great! I’m sanding off extra glue & hanging on pre-finished ribbon necklaces I found online. THANK YOU!!

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how much do you sale the washer necklaces for

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I’m sorry, we don’t sell them anymore.

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I am curious what you charged for your necklaces only because I can’t decide what to charge for ours.

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