washer stamped necklace tutorial

homemade crafts

today i’m sharing a tutorial for how to make a hand-stamped washer necklace.

there are other tutorials out there about this including this one and this one, but this is my little spin on it and will hopefully help you create a great project and possible gift idea for the upcoming holiday season!

let’s get started, shall we?

metal washers (2-3 corresponding sizes–i like the ones with a medium-sized hole)
heavy hammer DSC_0853 copy
letter stamps (mine are from Harbor Freight Tools and pretty cheap, too! Save 25% to 50% Off at Harbor Freight!
a smooth, hard surface (garage floor works best–DO NOT TRY this on a table or the sidewalk)
a permanent marker
baby wipe
necklace chain
beads (optional)
eye pins (optional–but need for the beads)
needle nose pliers
round nose pliers
jump rings (optional)


1.  choose letters and tilt the stamp on it’s edge (as pictured).  HERE and HERE are two great videos for more on stamping technique.


2.  line up the letter and strike with the hammer one to two times.  (i figured out that if i hit it about “medium hard” the letters turned out just right.  not too hard and not too soft—i feel like the three little bears..)  the spacing and strength with what you hit the stamps takes some practicing, so use one of the washers to just get the feel for it before starting on your actual piece.

3.  once the stamping is done, color in the letters with a permanent marker, wait for a couple of seconds, and then wipe it off with a baby wipe.  (i think different colored markers would look kind of cool, too!)

4.  now to assemble:  i did two different attachments (see pictured) and liked them both.

attach with a large gauge jump ring

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with a simple chain knot–

i like this option, because you can easily change the washers by simply undoing the knot yet it holds very securely DSC_0894

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5.  add embellishments such as beads or charms.  check out this video for more on how to make a connector with an eye pin and bead.


now, go make one for each of your friends! DSC_0909

if you would rather use actual metal blanks instead of washers, beaducation is a great place to get them!

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  1. this is SO cute! great job :) you make me want to get all crafty!

  2. Love this tutorial. I’ve actually looked into learning how to do this…but all the “kits” and tools I found were super expensive, so thanks for sharing what you use (and at a great price too!)

  3. This project is on my crafting list and it’s what quite a few people will probably get for Christmas :). Thanks for the tutorial!!!

  4. LOVE this! :) Awesome sissy!

  5. The necklace turned out so amazing! I’m kind of a wannabe crafter (meaning I have good intentions but I kind of stink at it) and I might actually be able to do this. Thanks for sharing :)

  6. okay! WONDERFUL and very INSPIRING!!! I have everything to do this…I wanted to play around with metal stamps a few years ago and just kept putting it off (mainly since I like to do too many crafts) but I also got my metal stamps at harbor freight!
    I am going to do this…SOON hopefully!
    glad I found you and your great blog!

  7. Love this A! I’ve been looking to buy one on etsy….I’d much rather make it myself! I’m adding it to my craft “to-do” list! Thanks!

  8. this looks so great! I love how easy it seems to be! thanks for sharing!

  9. I love these and just knew there had to be a way to make my own! Thanks for the info :)

  10. Seriously, THANK YOU so much for sharing this tutorial. I have wanted to do this for so long, but never knew how it was done. Gonna put this on my winter break ‘To Do List’. Thanks again Andi!

  11. Super cute! I need to get me some of those stamps!

  12. What a cute project! These would make great Christmas gifts too! =)

  13. I LOVE this! There are so many awesome possibilities and the little bead is just a super-cute touch! Can’t wait to make some of my own! Thanks for this idea. I’m your newest follower and I LOVE your blog! So cute – can’t wait to explore more! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

    • oh, thanks for the sweet comment and i’m so glad you liked the project! thanks for following and i’m excited to get to know you better!

  14. Cauuute! I love those:) I so want to try this!!
    I am a new follower!!

  15. Love this idea! I went to Harbor Freight Tools online only to discover they are close to me so I will go to their store rather than pay the shipping. But did want to share that there is an online coupon discount for Harbor Freight this is good through Oct. type in disc20 in the area to enter a promo code and you should receive 20% off.

  16. Oh no, this is so good, I just went and ordered the stamping tools. I sometimes get excited to start a project, but don’t get around to finishing. This is a great tutorial, that it looks so fun. I will let you know if I finish one or a few of these! :-)
    Thanks for sharing!

  17. We need some help with this project…we’ve got the stamp set, the washer, the hammer…and tried it. But it did not work? The stamps aren’t even making a dent in the washers. We have zinc washers and stainless steel washers and neither worked. What are your suggestions? Thanks so much!

    • Hi thanks for the question. I’m not an expert or anything, but I can tell you what worked for me. I just got washers from Home Depot (i’m not sure what kind). Did you get the same stamp set from harbor freight tools? Also, are you hammering on a solid surface like the garage floor? are you hammering hard enough? I just used a regular hammer but there are also special hammers that you can buy specifically for this type of work. I’m pretty sure you can get them online or at Michaels. Hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by!

  18. Would you suggest getting 1/8in steel stamping set or 1/4in?

  19. No pinning? What’s with that. It promotes your site…

  20. This is so cute and looks super easy, I want to try it :D thanks for the great tip…once I do it, I’ll link back and show you!!!!

  21. Love this! So cute and seems easy. Cant wait to try it. Where do you get the necklace chain?

  22. Thanks for linking the co site for the stamp letters. Ordering a set today.

  23. Gorgeous and so fun, I love it!


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