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Easy and Adorable Miniature Washboard Ornaments

OoooooEeeeee, I’m super excited. I’ve got such an adorable little bit of craftiness to share with you all today. Yesterday was supposed to be our big laundry day.  You know the one that involves the curtains and bedding and stuff. UGH!!  I hate it. While I was mentally trying to prepare myself, the idea for these miniature washboard ornaments hit me like the proverbial wet pink panty.

This is such an adorable idea. Miniature washboard ornaments that are super easy to make

And it’s one of those really easy, fun things that can be made in under an hour. All you need is some craft foam, small bits of wood (I used toothpicks, skewers and ice cream sticks), aluminium tape or tin foil, scissors and glue. Oh and a piece of rebar or long screw 😉 My secret tool of mass “texturedness”.

This is such an adorable idea. Miniature washboard ornaments that are super easy to make

Making the Miniature Washboard Ornaments

Set the timer, coz I promise, this is going to be a quickie 😀 Stick the tin foil or aluminum tape onto the craft foam. I love using aluminium foil, it sticks like crazy and it’s waterproof. We’ve used it to create giant pencils and even a chain of hearts garden mobile. Grab that piece of rebar or long screw and roll it firmly over the tape to create little indentations.

This is such an adorable idea. Miniature washboard ornaments that are super easy to make

Cut out small rectangles. Mine are all about 6 cm x 4 cm (2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″).

This is such an adorable idea. Miniature washboard ornaments that are super easy to make

Hop onto the internet and download a few laundry related graphics. I used a soap printable from The Graphics Fairy and just made the image really small before gluing them onto the washboard ornaments.

This is such an adorable idea. Miniature washboard ornaments that are super easy to make

Cut the toothpicks, skewers and ice cream sticks to make a frame for the washboards and glue them on.

This is such an adorable idea. Miniature washboard ornaments that are super easy to make

Play around and get creative. The “Toilet” washboard just has a very basic frame, while the “Shaving and Laundry” one has a teeny little shelf make from ice cream sticks. Don’t you think they’re just soooooo adorable? Add a string to the back and your done.

This is such an adorable idea. Miniature washboard ornaments that are super easy to make

And that little shelf is perfect for creating a miniature vignette. Look Mom I used a big word 😉

This is such an adorable idea. Miniature washboard ornaments that are super easy to make

That teeny little plant in the wine glass is our indigenous Crassula lycopodioides or shoe lace bush. Doesn’t she look just like a tiny cactus?

This is such an adorable idea. Miniature washboard ornaments that are super easy to make

I’d love to know what you think about the miniature washboards? Would you hang them in your Christmas tree?

This is such an adorable idea. Miniature washboard ornaments that are super easy to make

PInny Please

Until next time, be safe and hope you have an awesomely crafty week.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

Categories:   DIY Crafty Tutorials, Quick & Easy Crafts


  • Posted: February 5, 2018 14:14

    Katerina Konstantinou

    Wow this is so beautiful! I couple of weeks ago I made a laundry guide frame and this will be such a pretty addition for my laundry decor!
    • Posted: February 5, 2018 14:43


      I saw that post Katerina. I never realized there were so many different symbols. If I remember correctly I pinned it to. It was so useful
  • Posted: January 1, 2018 07:12


    Oh my goodness, what a cute ornament! You should join us for next year's ornament exchange!
    • Posted: January 1, 2018 08:43


      I'd love to do that Erlene, thanks so much
  • Posted: December 15, 2017 17:50


    these are just THE cutest, MOST adorable little ornaments EVER! Thank you so much for sharing your most extraordinary talent!
    • Posted: December 16, 2017 06:21


      Awwwwww Donna, thank you so much. That means so much to me
  • Posted: December 14, 2017 16:25

    Jill Ruskamp

    • Posted: December 15, 2017 04:45


      Thanks Jill
  • Posted: December 14, 2017 11:15


    These are just the cutest little washboards. I also love the little vase with the "catus".
    • Posted: December 15, 2017 04:39


      Thanks so much Debra
  • Posted: December 13, 2017 02:05

    Sadhna Grover

    Wow, this is easy quick and so nice for the laundry room.
    • Posted: December 13, 2017 05:25


      Thanks so much Sadhna, I think they'd look pretty cool in the laundry room
  • Posted: December 11, 2017 00:15

    Keri Roberts

    Michelle, these washboard ornaments are super cute!! How very creative! I think I tend to be a procraftinator too, it's just so easy to put off the laundry and dishes for some good old craft time. :)
    • Posted: December 11, 2017 09:50


      I'm so glad I'm not the only one Keri 😊 Crafting is way more fun
  • Posted: December 10, 2017 06:10


    The washboards are so pretty! i would love to recreate them and turn them into cake toppers!
    • Posted: December 10, 2017 07:05


      Oh wouldn't that be fun. I'm sure you'll be able to do it using that icing stuff. Not a cooking clue what it's called though 😄
  • Posted: December 9, 2017 09:08

    Christina Makri

    Only you my friend could think of something like this! Your imagination has no limits! I voted also for you and wish the best for your blog :)
    • Posted: December 10, 2017 07:06


      Thank you my friend and thank you for the vote too. I really appreciate that so much
  • Posted: December 9, 2017 08:43


    I love it! This is an adorable thing to put as a décor to the laundry room. It will certainly make it more charming :)
    • Posted: December 10, 2017 07:09


      🙂 That's so true Maya, it might just make laundry days a bit more bearable
  • Posted: December 8, 2017 21:43

    Laura Ingalls Gunn

    Procraftinator heee hee I love it! The washboards are just darling.
    • Posted: December 9, 2017 04:49


      Thanks so much Laura 😀
  • Posted: December 8, 2017 03:11


    Oh my goodness, these are just the most adorable miniature washboards EVER!! Amen to procraftinating, sistah!!
    • Posted: December 8, 2017 07:37


      Amen to that Marie :)
  • Posted: December 7, 2017 09:40


    I would love to try this one day because I love miniature things and this actually looks really easy and something I can do with my kids. Looking forward to read more from you.
    • Posted: December 7, 2017 09:44


      I love miniatures too ;) I hope you get a chance to try making them with the kids. I'm sure you'll all have so much fun Anna. Thank you for coming to say hi
  • Posted: December 7, 2017 04:39

    Nicole F

    Those are so cute! And I so agree with you about laundry. I don’t like to do it.
    • Posted: December 7, 2017 15:03


      UGH, me niether
  • Posted: December 6, 2017 15:30


    These are really adorable Michelle. I don't know how you come up with these ideas but I have to agree that crafting is certainly better than doing the laundry...which reminds me...
    • Posted: December 7, 2017 04:41


      Thanks so much Mary, I can come up with loads of ideas to not do the laundry :)
  • Posted: December 6, 2017 11:28

    Anabelia Craft Design

    It's absolutely lovely, my dear 💕 What an amazing idea for the Christmas Tree!🍃🌸🍃
    • Posted: December 7, 2017 12:17


      Thank you Anabelia ❤️
  • Posted: December 6, 2017 11:21

    Candy Rachelle

    Oh!! These miniature washboard ornaments are so cute and easy to make. My niece loves to make a miniature house of doll and she is so amazing and very creative. I really love to learn how to do this cutie stuff.
    • Posted: December 7, 2017 15:01


      Maybe your niece can show you ;) It's so much fun and a lovely way to get back to our childhood
  • Posted: December 6, 2017 10:08

    Naomi Destiny

    Wow! I love the creativity behind this, you really did a great job. If I can do this, I would definitely love to hang them in a Christmas tree, lol! They are a great thing to behold and look upon!
    • Posted: December 6, 2017 15:20


      Thanks so much Naomi, I'm sure you'll be able to make them. The most difficult part is trying to figure out what graphic to use ;)
  • Posted: December 6, 2017 08:13


    Your all crafts are so unique and innovative. More so because most of the crafts you make with easily available material that is not expensive. Your ideas further ignite creative ideas in me that i play with.
    • Posted: December 6, 2017 15:18


      Dhanyavaad Indu, that means a lot to me
  • Posted: December 6, 2017 07:06


    These are such cute crafts and I love how creative you have been. These are such a lovely thing to do with kids :) x
    • Posted: December 6, 2017 15:16


      Kids will love doing this. It's really simple, they may just need help with the gluing bits but rolling the rebar or screw and finding pretty labels - that's gonna make their day ;)
  • Posted: December 6, 2017 03:46

    Florence @ VintageSouthernPicks

    Absolutely I would hang them on the Christmas tree! They are just darling~I'm with you...I would rather be doing just about anything but laundry or dishwashing, or dusting, or any of that other boring stuff. Give me a craft or a bit of painting to do!
    • Posted: December 6, 2017 09:12


      See now that's why we're such good friends. Painting and crafting is always way more fun :)
  • Posted: December 6, 2017 02:30

    maritza baez

    I love being creative but sometimes I just don't have the energy or time especially after a long day. I would love to try this one day because I love miniature things and this actually looks really easy and something I can do with my nieces
    • Posted: December 6, 2017 09:13


      I hear you Maritza. Sadly it's not always easy to find the time, but I do hope you get a gap to make some with your nieces.
  • Posted: December 6, 2017 00:38

    Beola Lawal

    I am always looking for craft ideas, that I can do when I am less busy. I will surely love to try this, It is beautiful done and looks easy.
    • Posted: December 6, 2017 15:22


      They are Beola, give it a try when you find the time and let me know how it goes
  • Posted: December 5, 2017 23:44


    I always put off laundry day until no one has any more socks. I find so many other things to do instead. These are absolutely adorable! I love the idea of hanging them on the Christmas tree!
    • Posted: December 6, 2017 15:12


      Socks!!! I'm going to remember that one Tara :) Thanks so much
  • Posted: December 5, 2017 21:58

    Ellie Plummer

    Omg this is so cute! You are seriously talented. These would make great stocking fillers and I bet loads of people would love to buy them.
    • Posted: December 7, 2017 15:02


      Thanks so much Ellie ;)
  • Posted: December 5, 2017 21:51

    Sarah Ann

    These mini washboards are so cute and so unique, never seen anything like them before. I'd definitely hang one on my Christmas tree.
    • Posted: December 7, 2017 15:00


      Thanks so much Sarah :)
  • Posted: December 5, 2017 20:47

    Taslyn Russell

    I Procrastinate about so much but these crafts are so cute, absolutely love them!
    • Posted: December 10, 2017 07:11


      Thank you Taslyn
  • Posted: December 5, 2017 19:11


    Oh that is something so much greater than adorable, the word adorable isn't even close!! I literally made a noise when I saw the plant in the tiny wine glass. More info on this please?! I'm so obsessed with all your creations!
    • Posted: December 6, 2017 15:14


      You are such a sweetie pie Ithi. Love you to bits. That little plant is called a shoelace bush and she's indigenous to South Africa. The tiny bits I picked off will all become mommy plants soon.
  • Posted: December 5, 2017 17:27


    I cannot even believe how creative you are! And I love the term "procraftinator"!!
    • Posted: December 6, 2017 09:10


      LOL, it's the perfect word to describe me ;) Thanks Gigi
  • Posted: December 5, 2017 15:16

    mily jain

    Procrastinating is my weakness....this is so creative and unique...will try make this idea next week!
    • Posted: December 5, 2017 15:45


      Ahhhhh the story of my life, LOL. Let me know how it goes Mily, they're really easy
  • Posted: December 5, 2017 14:45

    Kristiana Wajnblom

    I love how cute these are, and super easy to make! Perfect for a themed Christmas tree or to just decorate with after the holidays.
    • Posted: December 10, 2017 07:07


      Thank you Kristina 😊
  • Posted: December 5, 2017 13:17

    Angie ~ Ambient Wares

    I understand those big laundry days for sure, Michelle. While I don't like laundry, I love anything miniature and these mini washboard ornaments are perfection. Pinned
    • Posted: December 5, 2017 15:33


      I just wish the laundry fairies would discover the washboards and maybe help us out with our laundry :) Thanks for the pin to Angie
  • Posted: December 5, 2017 12:12

    Thena Franssen

    I'm a procraftinator too. I would rather be doing something creative. You made the right choice ;) !!
    • Posted: December 5, 2017 13:17


      Ahhhh I'm so glad there's a fellow procraftinator out there, thank you Thena :)
  • Posted: December 5, 2017 07:10


    These are adorable, Michelle! I really love the little postcard and the “cactus”. I’d definitely hang these on my trees. We have faux mini trees that we also put ornaments on & these would be cute on them too! Also, I love procraftinator!
    • Posted: December 5, 2017 13:16


      Thank you Samantha, you'm sure you'll have loads of fun making the miniature washboards :)
  • Posted: December 5, 2017 04:30


    That is so amazing idea, love how it turned out. The washboards look super cute, would love to try these out with my daughter.
    • Posted: December 8, 2017 07:38


      That's great Preet. You'll have loads of fun together
  • Posted: December 5, 2017 03:58


    These ornaments look so cute! I would definitely rather make these than do chores! 🙂
    • Posted: December 5, 2017 13:17


      You and me both Talina ;)
  • Posted: December 5, 2017 02:02


    I am an art school major, but never do these things, although I have the potential. I work only part time now, so definitley should do some crafting, it is very therapeutic
    • Posted: December 5, 2017 13:21


      It is Daria, I hope you do get to explore your creative side again soon
  • Posted: December 4, 2017 20:35


    Haha this looks fun! I know the feeling, sometimes any excuse is good to leave house chores aside. xx lau
    • Posted: December 10, 2017 07:08


      Yup, those nasty chores can wait for another day 😁
  • Posted: December 4, 2017 19:49


    Only you could come up with this awesomeness! These are just the cutest ornaments, I can't get over the mini vignette, so cute! And I hate that kind of laundry too... but if it ends in making adorable ornaments then that's worth washing!
    • Posted: December 5, 2017 04:37


      Those big laundry days are just the worst ever 😀
  • Posted: December 4, 2017 17:25

    Monique Elise

    These are so cute! I love DIY projects but get scared that I'll mess up. This looks easy to follow. Thanks for sharing.
    • Posted: December 5, 2017 13:18


      These are really easy to make, I'm sure you won't mess up Monique
  • Posted: December 4, 2017 17:20

    Pooja kawatra

    This is such a brilliant DIY to try at home and looks so adorable as well. I think will try these for Christmas.
    • Posted: December 10, 2017 07:10


      Oh yay, I'm glad to hear that Pooja, hope you get to make some
  • Posted: December 4, 2017 16:56


    Oh my gosh, this miniature washboard's cuteness is killing me! I just love it! You always have the most unique and beautiful crafts that I've ever seen! You are such an inspiration to me.
    • Posted: December 5, 2017 04:38


      Ahhhh Carolann, Thank you so much
  • Posted: December 4, 2017 14:48

    Tanvi Rastogi

    While I despise doing laundry. I really do ... I love this idea. It is so unique. I wish I had your creativity and dedication to make it :)
    • Posted: December 5, 2017 13:20


      Thank you so much Tanvi, I really appreciate it
  • Posted: December 4, 2017 14:45


    They are so cute and definitely worth of effort of making them. I love the tiny plant and the I love you postcard. I would hang them in my tree if I would have one. I'll be away for holidays so I am not bothering putting up a tree this year :)
    • Posted: December 4, 2017 14:47


      Thanks Joanna. I found that postcard in a bead shop and it just seemed so perfect for the washboards 🙂 Hope you have a safe trip
  • Posted: December 4, 2017 14:03

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    These are super cute Michelle! I would rather be making these adorable little wash boards than washing sheets, curtains, etc. too! You are so very clever to come up with these from toothpicks, and foil. I love the graphic, and that little plant is soooo cute! It does look like a mini cactus. I would most definitely hang them on my tree.
    • Posted: December 4, 2017 14:26


      You and me both Linda. Laundry sucks 😀
  • Posted: December 4, 2017 14:02


    haha, these tiny washboards look so cute! creative moments definitely make a day more interesting than it is.
    • Posted: December 4, 2017 14:35


      They sure do 😄
  • Posted: December 4, 2017 14:01

    Jagriti Roy

    I loved the idea of making such cute things for the coming festive season. I would like to give it a try. The miniature washboard that you have made is really looking very nice..
    • Posted: December 7, 2017 14:59


      Ahhhh Jagriti thank you so very much. I really hope you do give it a try. Let me know how it goes and share a photo if you wouldn't mind
  • Posted: December 4, 2017 13:57


    Seriously??? THAT IS SO STINKIN ADORABLE!!!! I have to make one!
    • Posted: December 4, 2017 14:25


      They're so quick to make you could probably do a lot more than one 😉 Thanks so much my friend
  • Posted: December 4, 2017 13:06

    Julia - Vintage with Laces

    What a genius idea, Michelle! These washboards are so super cute! The big laundry day is obviously good for more than just clean curtains and bedding, at least when such a creative brain like yours is involved. Now we need some tiny clothes to keep the washboards company. :)
    • Posted: December 4, 2017 13:22


      LOL and you know what, we never got around to do that laundry either 😀 Oh well, there's always tomorrow or the next day
  • Posted: December 4, 2017 13:01

    Taylor Smart

    these are so cute! and they look so easy to make! will be making one for my sisters garden for xmas!
    • Posted: December 4, 2017 13:21


      They are real easy Taylor, I'm sure your sis will love them