I was just going to go with the washers. I figured they'd be cheaper and really I didn't NEED the "real" thing. So I figured the next trip into town I'd pick some washers up at Wal-Mart. While I was looking at them my husband asked what I had in mind. So I quickly explained and he talked me out of buying them. He was sure he had stuff at the house that would work. I just figured I could pick the washers up the next time.
The first thing he brought me were four chunks of metal. He had cut up a piece he had laying around. The thimble is there to help show size. I covered them with Duck Tape. I'm not sure if washi tape would work because I've never used it. (I'll wait while you recover from shock.) While I loved them, four wasn't going to be enough for some projects.
So he went back out to the garage, the man collects all kinds of manly stuff like nuts, bolts, and washers. This time he brought me these.
I won't cover the bolts. I love the look of them. I have this thing for industrial things. The only thing I have to caution you about is be sure to clean them up if you are using ones from the garage.
Now go find that spouse of your's that is a collector of nuts, bolts, and metal sticks and see what you can have!