Fantastic Frugal DIY Ribbon Washer Necklace

by Jenn @ Frugal Upstate on March 13, 2010

I am big on statement jewelery-pieces that just jump out at you and say “look at me!”.  Big dangly earrings, unusual necklaces or bracelets.  I love them all!

But of course although I love big pieces, I don’t love big price tags. I love things I can pick up at a pittance at the dollar store, thrift store etc, or even make myself.

When I saw this tutorial for a modern looking necklace made from washers and ribbon at The Small Object I knew I had to try it.  I went to Lowes and picked up twenty 5/8″ washers for $.10 each.  I had a roll of lime green satin ribbon that I had picked up at Walmart’s for $2 that was about the right width.  So following the tutorial on The Small Object and for the low price of  $4 I was able to make this necklace:

This is a great, modern piece.

Woven Ribbon and Washer Necklace

I love how the washers lay next to each other.

wearing the washer necklace

Here it is on. You can change the legnth by adjusting where you tie the ribbon on the back.

My husband pointed out that galvanized washers should be used for this, otherwise the salt and moisture from your skin will cause the metal to tarnish.  Honestly I’m not sure if the ones I bought were galvanized or not. . .

I found a washer choker selling on Etsy for $10 that you could make using the same directions and just 4 washers (so $.40 plus ribbon cost).  I know several teens who would love one of those!

Another thought I had was that you could buy a single large washer-say 1 1/2″ or so across-and use that as a pendant by itself.

So what do you think of my hardware fashion statement?

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