I test Hubby’s patience sometimes.
I make signs out of pallets, put drinking straw ornaments in our front tree, make a potting bench from scrap wood and – today’s post – make DIY jewelry from plumbing washers.
We live in a nice neighbourhood – and with me creating all of these projects and putting them on display for everyone to see, he’s worried we’re going to get evicted or black-balled or egged. He doesn’t always agree that crafts and DIY are rustic and charming, he refers to some of them as “white trashy”.
If there was anything white in the trash, I’m sure I’d find a way to repurpose it! lol
In all honesty, I do feel bad if I embarrass him, but it doesn’t stop me from wanting to be creative and to try new ideas. Repurposing is a challenge – and one that I get a buzz from. Sorry Hubby, but on the upside, I’m saving you money on jewelry today – so it’s really a win for you!
DIY Jewelry from washers:
- Scrapbook paper
- Jewelry string, cord or leather
- Exacto knife or craft scalpel
- Crystal effects or mod podge
I chose a few washers to try this out on – different sizes with different centres. Your local Home Depot or hardware store will have a huge selection and they cost about $0.20 each.
OH! Before I continue, I have to tell you something I learned the other week; before you shop at Hobby Lobby, check the prices online. I went in looking for the mat cutting kit that was shown in this post and their website had it for $69.99. When I went into the store to buy it (so I didn’t have to pay for shipping) it was on the shelf for $99.99! When I showed the store clerk the online price she honoured it and the 40% off coupon – but if I hadn’t checked beforehand I would have overpaid by quite a bit. I’ll be honest – that kind of pissed me off! So if people don’t have time to search online before actually shopping they get a monstrous markup? That doesn’t seem right? It wasn’t on just one product either…. I bought several items from the store based on the sale prices I’d found online – and not one of them was on sale in the store itself.
Just thought I’d share that tidbit and hopefully save you a bit of money.
Back to the DIY jewelry project:
Trace your washers on the scrapbook paper. Try to capture your favourite part of the pattern – no use having a lot of whitespace. Cut the circles out and glue to your washer fronts.
Don’t worry that your cutting isn’t perfectly smooth, you can get a nice edge on your piece by just sanding lightly in a downward motion, with a nail file/emery board.
Once the glue has dried, use a small craft scalpel or exacto knife to carefully cut out the centres.
Next, coat the paper with a layer of glossy mod podge, or better still, Crystal effects (craft lacquer).
I snuck in a bit of sparkle, but that’s just me.
At this point you’ll want to let your DIY jewelry dry for a couple of days.
Once it’s completely dry, string it with your leather cord or other jewelry string.
I showed my DIY jewelry to Hubby and he didn’t even know they were washers until he turned it over! I chose to leave mine with the metal showing, but if you want to cover the entire washer, repeat these steps on the back.
You can string single washers, or multiples to create a chain effect – here I strung a few together to make a bracelet.
Bracelet is cute, but the washer necklace is my favourite…. very “Indy” I think.
If you aren’t big on patterns, make a solid colour one – this would be sharp in a black/white/black pattern don’t you think?
What if you put these behind drawer knobs? That would be gorgeous! (you may see that on the blog in the not-so-distant future).
Have a great one!