Washer and Ribbon jewelry

Girl walks into a hardware store… actually this girl walked into two hardware stores in order to find the perfect washers for this necklace. At the first store, I had to hunt and peck through little drawers filled with all sorts of washers, but also there were some at crazy prices. I found some that were $.16 each that I thought would be great. Although, I then realized I didn’t buy enough.

I headed to a second store with my best friend and we actually asked the guy in the nuts and bolts aisle for his help. To a simple, “what size washers do you need?” I had no idea. I had to pull up the project on the phone while saying, “as you can see I don’t belong in a hardware store.”

I settled on four small bags of containing six washers, 1/2 inch size at about $1.18 a bag. Not too shabby compared to the fact that there were washers that could cost that much for one.

Supplies: At least 13-14 washers and about 4 ft. of grosgrain ribbon 5/8 in.

I went with black ribbon to pair with my silver washers. The photo above has more washers than needed.

Seal the ends of your ribbon with clear nail polish, that way they won’t fray. Then stick a washer onto the ribbon.

Make sure you have enough space to the left of the washer for however long you want the necklace to hang as well as for tying into a ribbon at the end. Say about 10 inches to a foot.

Move on to the next washer. Thread the ribbon through the hole of this washer, but make sure it’s over the top of the washer into the hole not threaded from underneath.

You will then thread the ribbon through the previous washer.

As you pull the ribbon, the washers should lie flat on top of one another.

Then pull the ribbon through the hole of the second washer. Do the whole process again. Take another washer, thread the ribbon over the top of the washer through the hole, stick the ribbon through the previous washer’s hole, pull ribbon. The washer will lie on top of the previous washer. Thread ribbon through last washer’s hole and do it again until you’ve used all your washers.

The first time I did this, I didn’t cut the ribbon long enough. Three feet of ribbon (or one yard) made too short of a necklace. But it was good for a bracelet. I just cut down the excess ribbon in the end.

But used 4 ft. of ribbon made a great necklace. It hangs low enough and looks pretty awesome. You need to adjust the washers a bit. Some might be tighter than others when you curve it for the necklace.

Cute huh? I like that it’s something you can just get at a hardware store. I might try painting the washers in the future too.


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Paperclip Earrings

As soon as I saw this blog post, I knew I had to try making paperclip earrings. After my first attempt, I can easily say this was the most difficult craft I’ve done so far. I actually started it at night and had to walk away after making one earring. Then I finished the other earring the next morning.

However, the second earring went a lot easier since I knew what I did wrong the first time and was able to adjust.

Supplies

Supplies: paperclips bent into triangles, two hanging earring posts, floss or yarn, liquid stitch

So I chose a dark blue floss for this project. Start off the earring by tying one end of the string to one of your paperclip triangles. Then start winding the string around the triangle, so the metal gets covered. I apologize for the blurry photo below.

Start wrapping your string around your triangle paperclips

The best tip I can give you is use the liquid stitch as you go. My floss/string kept unraveling. The liquid stitch will keep it in place. Also tighten the string so the metal doesn’t peek through. Now the spot where the metal is separated, you could hot glue them together. I just wrapped the string around it the best I could. Some of the metal peeked out, but when I came around with the second piece of string it hid it.

As you go, use the liquid stitch to keep the string in place

Cut the string once the triangle is all covered. Secure everything with the liquid stitch and let dry. When it dries it’s clear.

Put the earring on the triangle

Once it’s dry, put the earring hook on. You can see in the photo above the metal end on the right side poking out a bit.

Tie on the second string so you can start wrapping it around the triangle.

Next, tie that second piece of string or the leftover piece you were working with onto your covered triangle. And then start wrapping it as straight as you can around the exterior of the triangle.

After you wrap the string around the triangle, secure with the liquid stitch.

I put the liquid stitch on the entire earring to keep it all in place. But I noticed the texture is really different. Check out the photo below, it’s a bit like hard glue-y/plastic-y. Since I did one earring that way, I had to do it to the other earring. The original blog post shows the liquid stitch on just the edges. So I might try that next time. I also want to try the web/nest style that was also featured in the original blog. There are also other blogs that show hearts instead of triangles.

Finished earrings

Not perfect, but good for a first attempt.

Original pin/Blog post

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Homemade sugar scrub

Mixed up sugar scrub, all done.

Lately, my hands have been super dry. I also find scrubbing off all the paint I’ve been using to be difficult. A homemade sugar scrub sounded like a great idea to try and combat my problems. I found this pin. Since I had all the ingredients on hand, I whipped up a batch.

Homemade Sugar Scrub
Adapted from Petite Elefant

The ingredients

1/2 cup White Sugar
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup + 1 cap full of Olive Oil
Empty container

Mix together the two sugars. Put the sugar mixture into your container. You may need to adjust the measurements if your container isn’t large enough or is too large. This worked for my container which I found at Hobby Lobby.

All mixed together and put inside the container.

Add in the oil. Let it sit for a minute, the sugar will start absorbing the oil. I then stirred it together, making sure the sugar was coated. I didn’t want a super oily mixture, so 1/4 cup seemed right. But there was some sugar that didn’t seem coated, so I added just a teensy bit more, from the cap of the oil container.

Adding in the oil.

The original recipe says you can add in a few drops of vanilla extract to add a scent. I was slightly concerned with the shelf life and whether or not I would need a preservative, so I stuck with just the sugars. However, if you are not a fan of the olive oil smell, you may want to add an essential oil or the vanilla.

I had to try it right away. So I scooped out a little bit and started rubbing on my hands. Then I washed it off. Instant difference! I didn’t have to wash with soap afterward either. My hands felt super moisturized. I have added it to my beauty regime off and on for the last few days, even using it on my heels. It’s been amazing. But you do need to stir it up if you let the scrub sit for awhile. The oil will start to drain to the bottom of your container, leaving the top sugar dry. And you don’t want sticky residue because of the sugar.

Also, if you use the scrub on your feet, assuming you wash it off in your tub, make sure you have a mat or something else down so you don’t fall. Or clean the tub afterward. The olive oil will make the bottom of your tub super slippery. My tub is on an angle too, so I start sliding into the faucet if I don’t watch out.

This would make a great gift, perhaps paired with other beauty products or “pamper me” products. Just tie on a ribbon.

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