Craft Project: Washer Collage Necklaces from Pattie Wilkinson


PattieWack, AKA Pattie Wilkenson

As you saw in my CHA post, I swung by the I Love To Create booth a few times during the show. The lovely PattieWack- aka Pattie Wilkinson- was manning a make-and-take, creating stunning mixed-media necklaces. I sat down to make one myself, and she graciously said I could share the step-by-step with YOU, crafty reader!

The secret to the necklace is…. WASHERS! You know, the metal ones from the home supply store. These ones were big- about  3 inches in diameter- but boy, do they make a great substrait!

Here’s your supply list:

  • Metal washers
  • cut out words, images from magazines
  • confetti, seed beads, micro beads
  • fine glitter
  • adhesive craft sheets (Aileen’s has a new one, but I couldn’t find a link for it)
  • small charms, ephemera, (flat backed)

I bet most of this you’ve already got in your stash!

First, you place your washer onto the paper-backed craft sheet and trace around then inside and the outside. Then cut it out using scissors. (I recommend the Westcott non-stick ones. They are the bomb.) Then you peel off the backing and place it on the washer. Now the fun begins!

Place your words and small embellishments on first- if they stick out over the edge a teensy bit, it’s OK. I used words from magazines and then a little birdy charm. This is a great way to use up some of your crafty leftovers.

Such eye-candy!

Then you sprinkle on your “chunky” bits- seed beads, micro (hole-less) beads, sequins. They’ll stick just fine onto the adhesive sheet, but pat it in with your finger to make sure it’s fully stuck in. Then choose a shade- or two- of fine glitter. This will fill in the little spaces and make sure there are no sticky parts left! Oh….and it makes it shiny, too!!

To finish it off, just take a bit of ribbon and make a lark’s head not around the top of the washer, then tie it in a bow around your neck. Ta-da!

Visit Pattie’s blog to see pictures of other lovely creations made at her booth that day!

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8 Responses to “Craft Project: Washer Collage Necklaces from Pattie Wilkinson”

  1. susie c. Says:

    what a cool project! i have everything needed except the adhesive craft sheets. i wonder if aleene’s tacky glue would do the trick? i think i’ll go find out… :) thanks!

  2. Jenny Says:

    Susie- do NOT use tacky glue!!! It is nit meant for non-porous surfaces. You should try red-line adhesive sheets available at Good luck!

  3. Tiffany Windsor Says:

    Hi Jenny! Pattie is using the NEW Aleene’s Tacky Sheets that you will find in retail stores SOON! That’s what makes this project so fun and FAST!

  4. Jenny Says:

    Tiffany- thanks for checking in here….and yes.. I know what they are…but sadly I couldn’t find a link to an actual product page online so folks could see the packaging, etc. I certainly hope CraftTestDummies will get a sample to review soon- hint-hint!-Jenny

  5. Cindy Matthews Says:

    I’d use them to make seals for my packages from my Etsy store.


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