Painted washer necklaces

This post is way overdue since my girls made these necklaces back in December to give to their friends as gifts.  But these spunky necklaces would make a great gift any time of the year, and also make a great rainy day activity.  I came across this idea in Family Fun magazine and instantly knew my girls would not only love to make these, but I also loved how inexpensive these would be to give as gifts.  

To make these colorful necklaces you will need:
  • metal washers (between 10 and 20 cents a piece at the hardware store)
  • a spool of skinny ribbon
  • nail polish in a variety of colors (we headed to the dollar store and bought colors we didn't already have)

The magazine article suggested doing a coat of white or yellow for a background, letting that dry, and then painting a design on top.  My 9 year old daughter understood that process a little better than my 6 and 4 year olds, but it actually didn't turn out to be a necessary step.  Most of our necklaces ended up with a top coat of glitter nail polish for the finishing touch.

Here's a quick shot of what some of our necklaces ended up looking like in the end.  My two younger girls just didn't know when to stop.  They were having such a fun time using the nail polish that I had to tell them when enough was enough, and swap out their colorful creations with a new blank washer.  We had to let a few of them dry overnight because of all the layers of paint.

My 9 year old got the idea to create a double-layered look by using two different sizes of washers.  I love her coordinating patterns on this one:

My girls really loved using nail polish to create their own wearable masterpieces.  While my 4 year old had a blast doing this, it was definitely better suited for my 6 and 9 year old girls.


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