DIY Washer Necklace

Statement necklaces have been a rising trend for a couple of years now but they can be expensive so with some Pinterest inspiration I found a creation that is not only inexpensive, but also original. This washer necklace is easy to construct and can be varied if you plan on making them for friends or family. The majority of the items needed to create this necklace I found in my Dad’s toolbox but to purchase them would still be inexpensive.

You will need the following materials:

  • Metal washers in a variety of sizes
  • Flexible steel wire (24 gauge preferred)
  • Embroidery thread in colors of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon

Firstly, start to heat up your hot glue gun and lay out the washers into the formation of your choosing. To make a real statement, use large washers (approximately 2” in diameter) surrounded by smaller ones. Once you have an idea of how you want the final product to look, you can start to wrap each washer in embroidery thread. Secure the end of the thread on the back of the washer with a dab of hot glue then start to wrap the thread around the washer continuously until it is completely covered. Make sure the thread is tight and there are no gaps.

The thread colors you choose are where you can get real creative. You could choose to go for a monochromatic look or create an ombre piece with different shades of the same color. I chose a palette of teals and corals for my necklace. Once you have covered all of the washers it is time to connect them into the formation you planned with the steel wire. The 24 gauge wire is easily flexible so you can use your hands to wrap the wire from one washer to the next by looping it through the holes in the washer. Encircle with wire around the connection you made between each washer to make it tighter then secure with pliers so the end doesn’t poke out. Repeat the process until the formation is complete. You can either leave the wires exposed for a more industrial look or choose to wrap more embroidery thread around the exposed wires and secure with hot glue. I chose the latter so to create more contrast with my color palette.

The final step is to loop ribbon through the washers on the end of the necklace to create the straps. Cut the ribbon to the desired length and voila! This necklace cost roughly $5. You can find entire packets of embroidery thread for only a couple of dollars and it always helps to raid your Dad’s toolbox. Found items are ideal for creating a necklace like this. If you are looking for more DIY necklace ideas check out my previous creation here.

The final product!

This washer necklace can be found on my “I Spy a DIY” Pinterest board among other great craft ideas. Is there a great DIY statement necklace you have created lately that was inexpensive? Share in the comments or post a link to your own Pinterest board.

Happy crafting!

–Ky

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