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Fancy Frugal Life: Stamped Washer Name Tag & Necklace

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Stamped Washer Name Tag & Necklace

Are you a fan of hand stamped metal jewelry like me? I recently came across a fantastic washer necklace tutorial on Not So Idle Hands, Crafts from the Crafty and thought how cute would a washer name tag be for lunches and backpacks?

I ended up this name tag for my cute chalkboard lunch box.

These are super inexpensive, simple,and cute to make. I started with a stamping set from a tool store called Harbor Freight for around $8.00 (I just saw a set at my Hobby Lobby for $10.00 also).

I used both 3/8 inch and 1/2 inch washers and and a hammer to stamp in a name and room number. This takes a few times to practice and I did go through a few washers but its worth it. I think the key is heavy, short, controlled taps. It doesn't have to be perfect.

Clearly someone needs a mani! ugh...Anyway..Once you stamp, fill in the letter or number with black sharpie and use a baby wipe or magic eraser to wipe off the top and there you go. Stack them and tie with a chain, ribbon, or whatever you'd like.

It helps if you have a cute assistant :)

Here is a washer necklace I made for my pumpkin girl. A simple bead and ribbon makes the washers look so stylish...for less than a couple dollars :) It reads, you are kind, smart, and important...Quick what's that from? :)

Yeah...so fancy and frugal...LOVE these!

Would any of you talented stamped jewlery ladies like to share with me where you purchase your metal disks and other stamped jewlery supplies? I am trying to make some necklaces on the cheap....as always :)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a beautiful Labor Day weekend.


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At September 2, 2011 at 9:56 AM , Blogger NotaSupermom said...

I love these! You make it look easy. I love the references to The Help. Loved the book, loved the movie.

I'm stopping by from the blog hop and following you via GFC. Nice to meet you!

At September 2, 2011 at 10:39 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

LOVE this idea! I have a Harbor Freight right down the road, I'm going to have to go check it out. You always have the best ideas! If you'd ever like to guest post on my blog, please let me know anytime!

At September 2, 2011 at 4:41 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

This is adorable! I think I need to go and get one of those stamp kits.

At September 2, 2011 at 5:55 PM , Blogger Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

I love this! It's adorable! I'm pinning and tweeting this. (Here from Homemaker in Heels)

At September 2, 2011 at 5:56 PM , Blogger Crystal said...

I am SOO thrilled that you linked this up! I have wondered for a while how the stamped jewelry was made and had no idea it was so simple! I MUST get myself one of those stamping kits! Thank you so much for linking up! I am about to feature this on my FB page and will be featuring it next weekend on the blog! :) Have a great weekend!
Homemaker in Heels

At September 2, 2011 at 6:04 PM , Blogger Lindsay said...

I have been WANTING to know how to do this--thanks for sharing! I love this!

I'd love for you to link this up @ Show & Share--


At September 2, 2011 at 6:10 PM , Blogger Kathleen said...

That is a super idea for lunch boxes! I am making them for my family for Christmas except I am putting their vehicles on them like 2005 Caravan. My first try I put the 5 sideways! :) Oh well. I have to tell you I LOVE that chalkboard inside the lunch box. Now that is a fabulous idea too!

At September 2, 2011 at 10:50 PM , Blogger Megan @ SimplyThrifty said...

Love the washer idea. I saw the little silver disks on sale at Hobby Lobby priced very reasonably when they're 50% off. I purchased 2 small silver circles for either $1.50 or $2.00.

At September 3, 2011 at 10:03 AM , Blogger Delightful Deets said...

Love this idea! Your little girl is beautiful! Thanks for sharing, I featured this on my Friday 5!

At September 3, 2011 at 5:57 PM , Blogger Brooke said...

I love this idea and didn't know you could buy a stamping set like that at Harbor Freight. we have actually made necklaces with washers and mod podged cute paper to them instead, but I would like to try stamping them. I found you off Sun Scholars link party. I would love it if you stopped by my blog.

At September 4, 2011 at 2:29 PM , Blogger Tarrah said...

just finished reading help. mae mobley is kind, smart, and important...love it!!

At September 4, 2011 at 5:59 PM , Blogger Lindsay said...

Yay! I am so glad you shared this @ Show & Share! I love this project!

By the way, I have a fun giveaway going on now, check it out if you'd like--

At September 4, 2011 at 6:05 PM , Blogger Finding Normal said...

Beaducation.com is a great supplier for all things stamping, and they have fabulous free video classes!

At September 4, 2011 at 6:13 PM , Blogger Cupcake Mama said...

Thanks for sharing! I have a really old set of stamps that once belonged to my now deceased grandfather....have not used them but anxious to try.

At September 4, 2011 at 7:04 PM , Blogger Amanda said...

That's a great tutorial! I always wondered how those hand-stamped necklaces are made! Thanks for sharing!

At September 4, 2011 at 8:30 PM , Blogger Madison said...

These are so neat! Thanks for showing us how to make them! :)

P.S. Did you get the name Mae Mobley from The Help or do you actually know someone with the same name!?

At September 5, 2011 at 7:46 AM , Blogger Katelyn- Domestic Charm said...

Very cute idea! Thanks for sharing :)


At September 5, 2011 at 11:23 AM , Blogger Mandi @ Sweetly Home said...

First off - your daughter is such a cutie pie! I love the necklace you made for her. Such a wonderful sentiment. And second, thanks so much for this easy to do tutorial! I so want to give it a try!

At September 6, 2011 at 5:13 PM , Blogger DIYbyDesign said...

Super cute! I would love to try a project like this. Thanks so much for sharing at my Sizzle into Summer party.

At September 7, 2011 at 5:10 AM , Blogger PAINTORDIG.blogspot.com said...

Love this! And you used one of my favorite new sayings!Loved that movie-have seen it twice already.

At September 7, 2011 at 5:51 AM , Blogger Adrianne Surian said...

I get blanks at hobby lobby, but you know - wait for the 1/2 off finding sale or use your 40% off coupon. :)

Do you know what your washers are made of? I tried some washer stamping and couldn't get any impression at all. I must have bought something hardened, but I didn't see anything else to choose from...

At September 7, 2011 at 12:54 PM , Blogger Christine @ sugarandtrash.com said...

Great idea! I have a stamp set but didn't want to be stamping all of my silverware (like I have seen others doing). The washers are cute.

At September 8, 2011 at 10:12 AM , Blogger Mimi said...

Thank you so much for posting this! We have buckets of washers at work just laying around and I have been wanting to try this but thought it would be too hard. I'm hoping to try this soon.

At September 8, 2011 at 10:15 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Awesome DIY project! I love this. Thanks so much for sharing this at For the Kids Fridays at Sun Scholars. I am featuring this post at this week's party!! Stop by and grab yourself an A++ Button!!! Thanks for sharing!


At September 9, 2011 at 7:17 PM , Blogger Heather A. said...

These are so cute! I had no idea they were so easy to make. Especially love the necklace for your daughter : )

At September 12, 2011 at 5:26 AM , Blogger Ginger@gingersnapcrafts.com said...

Featuring this over on my blog today. Love it! Thanks for linking up to my back to school party.

Ginger @gingersnapcrafts


At October 4, 2011 at 4:56 AM , Blogger Kasey said...

I bookmarked this a while back: http://girlinair.blogspot.com/2010/05/stamp-happy.html

which has prices and where you can find some sets.

What were your washers called? They look like they have rounded edges.

These are sooo cute!! Thanks for sharing!!

At October 8, 2011 at 12:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

what kind of washers did you buy? i have tried three different kinds i picked up at the hardware store and they are all too hard to make an impression.

At December 14, 2011 at 8:26 PM , Blogger Honey I'm Home Blog said...

I've always wanted to try this. And I love the words you used. "The Help" is the best! Great job. And such an adorable little girl!

Warmly, Michelle

At July 26, 2012 at 10:27 PM , Blogger Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom said...

I've been wanting to get myself one of those stamped necklaces, but now I don't have to :) Stopping by from the CSI project!


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