This is #10 in an ongoing series of inexpensive gift ideas. Be sure to check out #1-9, and come back on Friday for a linky party where you can show your own thrifty gift ideas, or something you've made using my ideas.
This one would be a fun activity for tween girls to make for gifts for their friends. It’s fun, easy, quick and inexpensive. Again, this isn’t original with me, but this is the first time I’ve tried them.
The materials you will need are Mod Podge, Diamond Glaze, pretty paper (scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, whatever), thin leather cord or something similar, and plain old washers from the hardware store. I don’t think I’d go any smaller than 1” on the washers, but you could go bigger and bolder if you like.
Cut a small square of paper a little larger than the washer. Apply Mod Podge to the flat side of the washer. The edges on the other side are just slightly rounded off and smoother for laying against skin or fabric. Then apply the square of paper, design up, to the Mod Podged side.
That’s a terrible photo, but it’s the only one I took of this step. When the Mod Podge has sufficiently dried, use a craft knife to cut the paper, using the edges of the washer as a guide.
I used an emery board to smooth down any rough edges of paper.
Next is the Diamond Glaze. Just cover the papered side with it. This stuff is pretty cool and creates a smooth, rounded surface, but will not drip off the edges. If there are any bubbles, slide them off with a pin. Let it dry over night; it will dry clear.
Cut your leather cord to your desired length (found mine at Hobby Lobby with the necklace making stuff), tie the ends with a square knot, and loop it around the washer.
Washers are about 4/$1; if you buy scrapbook paper that’s another .50 or so, but you probably have pretty paper somewhere around the house. If you don’t have Mod Podge, I’m sure you could just use regular white glue. The leather cord was about $1.50 for enough for two necklaces, and Diamond Glaze was about $5 for a bottle that will last for many projects . As always, use HL or Michaels coupons.
Joining DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land.