Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Camp Craft Series: Personalized Washer Necklaces

If you're wondering what the most popular craft we did at girls camp this year, wonder no more.  This was it.  We bought extra washers and we ran out.  I hated to tell the girls that there were no more.  If we ever do this craft again I'm buying at least twice the amout we need, if not more.  Sharon, the camp director, came up with this craft and I'm so glad she did, it was a hit!

All of these pictures are of necklaces the girls created.  Including the ones above.  I loved to see what the girls wanted to stamp into them and the beautiful prints that they chose.  Some even found unique and interesting ways to tie them.  I loved them all.


  • Stamping set (found HERE at Harbor Freight)
  • Hammer
  • Small washer
  • Large washer
  • Scrap of paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint or permanent marker
  • Jewelry cord*

*We purchased multi-colored packs of cord from Joann's jewelry section for about $8 a pack.  I'm unable to locate a link to the exact item but they carry a nice variety of cording and you should be able to find what you need in the store. 

Step 1:  Stamp your personalized words onto small washer.  Hold the stamp steady and hammer into washer.

Step 2: Fill in stamped image with paint or permanent marker.  This will help image stand out more.  Wipe away excess paint or ink.  A baby wipe works best to do this.

Step 3:  Take large washer and trace onto a piece of paper.  Cut out the circle.

Step 4: Apply a thin, even layer of Mod Podge to one side of large washer.

Step 5:  Place paper cut out onto large washer and smooth out.  Apply an even coat of Mod Podge over the top.  Let dry.

Step 6:  Tie the whole thing together with cord or ribbon.

Simple right!?!  And just to show you how clever, creative and talented these girls are, check out this stunning washer.  This was done by wrapping the embroidery floss from the friendship bracelets around the washer.  To secure it they tied the ends in knots on the back side.  All of these girls are brilliant.

If you missed them, be sure to check out the other tutorials in the series

Be sure to come back tomorrow for

Headbands with Interchangeable Flowers


  1. Seriously so great! I love the rainbow one.

  2. These are great!! How long would you recommend making the jewelry cord? Also, did you buy the ones with a clasp, or can you just tie them? Thank you!!

  3. Each girl made them at lengths according to their preference. Some even turned theirs into bracelets and keychains. I would say at least long enough to be able to slip over your head since we just tied them off. We didn't use clasps though you certainly could if you wanted to.


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