Friday, March 16, 2012

Milk Jug Washer Necklace

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Sorry I'm so late at getting this post up but life sort of got in the way!

Did you guess what these little gems were made of though???? Not that you don't know now from the title.

We had a few guesses and they were pretty close but not quite right. And I did make a Necklace out of them.
Dawn had suggested"In assorted sizes and colours these could make a great wall hanging ".
If any one has the patients to do that, that would look really neat! I don't know if I will every get around to doing it, but if anyone does I would really love to see it.

Milk Jug Washers (that's what I am calling them).

I have seen all these really cool washer necklaces lately that are wrapped in embroidery thread. I really love them all. Check out all these cool ones I found.
Wrapped Washer Necklace
(This one is crocheted, I will be trying this next).


Pretty ha? Well I didn't want to have the weight of the washers. Mostly though I'm cheap and didn't want to have to go buy a bunch when I could make some out of plastic and they would be lighter too! I used yarn and not embroidery thread as well because I had the colors I wanted in the yarn.

So let's get started making some...

Here is what you need to make the washers and the necklace

clean empty milk jug (of course you could use other plastic objects)
sharp pointy edge scissors
yarn needle
permanent marker
Round objects the size you want your washers to be the size of the middle.
(If you already have washers you could use them to trace,this would be the easiest.
Not pictured:
Jump rings.
Necklace chain

Cut your milk jug into flat pieces. Draw on you 'washer's with permanent marker using your circular objects.

To cut the middle out I cut across the inside circle several times then cut out the middle. This makes it easier to cut.

Start wrapping your yarn around your "washer".

If you run out of yarn use a yarn needle to weave the yarn between the yarn and the "washer" and pull tight to secure. Cut of the excess yarn. Do this when your washer is completely covered to finish it off as well.

Arrange your wrapped "washers" how you would like them for a necklace.

Using matching yarn, starting on one side of your arrangement start wrapping around two "washers" at a time to secure together. Weave in the ends of your yarn.

Continue to your next "washer" and do the same.

Keep doing this until your arrangement is all securely joined together.

Add Jump rings to both sides of your arrangement.

Add a chain and your done!

I made "Mini Me" one as well her's I just placed one on top of another added a charm on top and used matching yarn for the chain which holds all the layers together.

So what do you think? Does it pass as a "Washer Necklace"?

I love it! My "Mini Me" saw hers waiting on the table and was so excited!

These would make fun inexpensive gifts as well.

If you make one let me know, I would love to see it!

I link up to THESE parties.


Lori Stokes Wright said...

These necklace's are really beautiful, thanks for sharing all of the examples. I love how yours came out, great colors. Looking forward to the crochet one next. Found you at Friday Fun Party

Chelsea said...

Great job, can't wait to make my own! I found your blog through the Funky Junk Interiors Link Party, now following! I love you tutorials, can't wait to see more!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

What a creative idea. They are beautiful Megan

Katie said...

I love the colors you chose!
You should join me for Handmade 52 at htttp://

Shannon Quinn said...

This turned out great! I'd love to try this out:)Thanks for the tutorial!

Kara @ Simplistically Sassy said...

What a cute and easy idea! I love it!

Cathy V said...

such a great idea!

Julie said...


The Farm Girl

Kristina @ ReMadeSimple said...

Love this and I love using milk jugs to make different things! My recent post is from milk jug plastic.

Shannon Quinn said...

I tried this but changed it up some. I also linked back to your blog to give you credit for the awesome necklace you made here. Even though mine looks completely different I got the idea from you:)
You can go here to see:

Jill said...

Now that is fabulous - the necklaces look beautiful and I LOVE the recycling aspect too! Pinning this one!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Bethany said...

great post! I'll be doing this for my MOPS craft! LOVE IT!

Val said...

So clever. I love when you can turn something utilitarian into something so new and cute!

I would love for you to follow my blog too so that we can share ideas!

Your newest follower,
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Hani@Craftionary said...

You make amazing things.. I love the necklace and the twig and rosettes wreath is simply fabulous..
Thanks for linking up at friday fun party.. :)

Jerri Rivers said...

What a fun idea! So creative!

Christine said...

WOW!!! I love that you are using things around the house to make these! They are FABULOUS!

I sure would LOVE IT if you shared this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream to Reality! PLEASE :)

Sarah said...

I love that you used plastic too because I cannot stand the smell of metal - I imagine washers would be cold, heavy and smelly! This is really cute! If you like, share at my link party!

Kimberly from "bugaboo" said...

Really cute - I love that you used milk jugs because you're right - the washers DO get really heavy. :) Thanks for putting a link to my washer necklace up there!

I'm having a "Yarn" series on my blog now and have a link party I'd love for you to check out!
Yarn it all! Link Party

Michelle said...

Awesome and thrifty! Love the colours you have chosen.

Mindie Hilton said...

Love it!

Candace @ Candace Creations said...

Thanks for sharing this at Scrappy Saturdays! I LOVE it and it is being featured RIGHT NOW! :)


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