DIY Washer Necklace

washer necklace

My daughter (ten) invited a school friend over for a play this school holidays.  I decided to organise a craft for them, in case they wanted to do a small project during the day.  One of my German readers mentioned a washer necklaces in one of her posts, and it looked easy (and cheap) and I had all the materials already in the house. Well, well, talk about easy, and they look cute too.


Washer (any size from hardware store )

Nail Polish


Beads (optional)


DIY Washer Necklace

1. Paint one side of the washer with nail polish (a few coats is best).  Due to the strong smell of the nail polish, we found it best to work in a ventilated area. Allow to dry (drying between coats is quick; 5-10 minutes).

2. Half a length of string and feed the centre loop through the washer middle.

3. Feed the two ends back through the loop to secure the washer. This way the washer will sit flat against the body.

4. If desired, add a few beads to each length of string, either side of the washer.

5. Tie a knot with the two ends of the the string (making sure it can be removed easily over the head).

washer necklace

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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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  1. says

    What a clever idea ! Ok l know it isn’t rocket science or all that technical, but that is why l think it is such a wonderful idea. The washer necklace is something that l would never have thought of myself, but now that l have seen it here, l will be buying a packet of washers Monday morning and me and the children will be making necklaces Monday afternoon. Thanks for such a simple yet wonderful idea, l am sure the children will love it

  2. says

    I love this! So shiney and so simple. This would make a great birthday party activity, with a take home result. Or yeah, just a friend over to play. I only have one colour of nail polish in the house, but I can see some blue polish needing to enter the house soon :)

  3. Sally says

    What a flash back. I still have a leather washer bracelet I made during high school – 15 odd years ago. My daughter has now claimed it. I might have to get it back. :)

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