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Let’s Play and Turn a Washer into a Mixed Media Necklace

Video sharing how to turn a cheap metal washer into a mixed media necklace for this week's Let's Play link party by Carolyn Dube Let's Play, a link party where you can be inspired and be inspiring!

22¢.  That’s a price I can get excited about!  This metal washer was only 22¢ so a handful cost less than a gallon of gas!

One of the ways I found to help myself play was to use things from the hardware store.  They’re often cheap…like today…I can get as many I could possibly want, and there is no pressure to use it correctly since I am not doing any home construction here.  I am making a mixed media necklace!

As I turned that washer into a colorful necklace for this week’s Let’s Play link party, it became a necklace of gratitude.  A count your blessings type of necklace. The numbers each represented something I am thankful for or some memory associated with the numbers. So as I wear it, I am reminded of all the every day things I have to be grateful for in my life.

And I even clean off a stencil in the video…but that is just to not waste paint…

Watch How to make a mixed media necklace with a washer from the hardware store on YouTube.

Here are the supplies I used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and you are helping me keep this blog and my videos ad free! Thank you- I don’t like ads any more than you do!

Video sharing how to turn a cheap metal washer into a mixed media necklace for this week's Let's Play link party by Carolyn Dube
This necklace is the one I thought was horribly ugly at one point in the video, and it turned out to be my favorite!  That happens quite a lot to me.

Now you’ve seen my play and I’d love to see your play!  What play can you link up?  Any play- it doesn’t have to follow this month’s theme because play just doesn’t have a lot of rules.  And you get a bonus entry into the monthly $50 giveaway every time you link up!

Video sharing how to turn a cheap metal washer into a mixed media necklace for this week's Let's Play link party by Carolyn Dube

Let's Play March all about finding your art supplies at the hardwares store plus a weekly link party!This month’s giveaway is a $50 gift certificate to Walmart.com
because you can find all sorts of non art supplies there that work wonderfully for art play!  Link up what you’re creating (and you get a bonus entry into the giveaway for sharing your play) or leave a comment telling something that you liked about one of the photos shared. One comment per person.  Giveaway closes Monday, April 4th at 8am EST.

New to Let’s Play?  You can find out all about it, what you can share (and it is almost anything- it doesn’t have to follow the monthly theme), why your play (yes YOURs!) helps others to play, plus other info here.

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Link up etiquette  

  • If you see something you like, leave a comment on their photo or blog post and show some love – let them know they inspired you! 
  • Share your recent play (any form of creativity is welcome) that hasn’t been linked up to a Let’s Play before ( limit 3 per week please)
  • Add a link back to to this post so that others can find it, be sparked, and join the fun!
  • New link party begins each Tuesday..sometimes even late Monday night… 
  • Enter the giveaway for the $50 gift certificate by linking up (and you get a bonus chance for sharing your fun) or by leaving a comment telling something you liked about one of the photos shared in the link party. One comment per person on this week’s blog post.  The winner will be announced on the first Tuesday of the following month. You can find all the details about Let’s Play here.

You can upload a photo or use a URL or Instagram.  Not sure how to find a URL or link up? Check out this page of Let’s Play FAQs.

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  • Vicky March 8, 2016, 3:19 am

    This weekend I looked at the washers in the store but didn’t buy them, might go back to get some now, lovely mixed media work. You had me smiling at shimmer and shine, is currently a new favorite cartoon of my son.

  • Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith March 8, 2016, 7:20 am

    Brilliant idea – I would have never thought of it! Love how you’re already wearing one of your creations in the video! Incidentally, I’ve just bought a bottle of that liquid glass and I wasn’t sure what to use it for!

  • Gloria Hill March 8, 2016, 9:34 am

    What a delightful project! Inexpensive, quick, colorful – I love it!

  • Jean Marmo March 8, 2016, 2:35 pm

    Such fun!!

  • Kathy Gledsdale March 8, 2016, 3:00 pm

    Wonderful so pretty, thank you for sharing your inspiring work. x

  • Judy Shea March 8, 2016, 5:12 pm

    Carolyn, Carolyn, Carolyn…. Those are adorable and fun. Winner Winner Washer Dinner.

  • Laurie Haley March 8, 2016, 5:17 pm

    These are so adorable. I love all of the ones in the photo but my favorites are the ones that are greens and blues. I like the photo of you wearing one too. 🙂

    • Vicki Jordanides March 9, 2016, 8:20 am

      You made them so pretty! I love that you didn’t give up. Adding more colors to the orange one worked perfectly. I’m totally inspired to make some of these now. 🙂

  • helen rea March 10, 2016, 7:14 am

    Those are pretty. This is a project I am going to try.

  • Wanda van Bogerijen March 11, 2016, 8:46 am

    Joehoehoehoe I finaly did it! I linked in my art! Hope you like it! I sure do!

  • Janis in ID March 17, 2016, 1:56 am

    Who would thunk it???? lol…. Great project and such pretty results with the lowly washers!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  • karenladd March 18, 2016, 1:45 am

    I am loving this hardware supply segment this month because there’s nothing as fun as taking something ho hum and utilitarian, and turning it into something beautiful! That washer necklace looks fun and easy!

  • Jennifer January 12, 2018, 3:14 pm

    Thank you for your creativity and they turned out very cute. I am a girl scout leader to 7th graders, we are going to try this at our next meeting. After that, if they like them we will make more to donate to an art exhibit that sells creative art and money goes to a Children’s Hospital cancer unit. So hoping the girls have fun making these and want to do this for the art fair!! Keep on playing and thank you for sharing! God bless

  • Robin Joe September 1, 2018, 2:53 pm

    What kind of paint do you use for your washer necklaces please?
    Thank you!

  • Brenda Kellogg July 28, 2021, 10:10 pm

    I am brainstorming ideas for easy ladies crafts and found your ” Let’s Play” . Thank you. I think I’ll use this one. What kind of paint do you use? How long does it take to dry?