I know many of you loved our pictures with our coffee spoons and you are all wondering how you can make the same ones at home. So here you go!
I’m always looking for creative ways to give hostess gifts – something that is meaningful and thoughtful. In keeping with that theme, I like to give hand-made gifts because those seem to be the most meaningful! Whenever I make gifts for my friends and family, I feel closer to them, and they know that it came from the heart. Stamped spoons are a creative and easy way to spread love any time of year…but especially around Christmas time!
You Will Need:
- Metal stamps with letters and symbols
- A stamping block (you can use an anvil if you have a vice at home – the anvil is located on the back of the vice) or you can use a metal stamping block that comes with stamping kits.
- A metal stamping hammer (you could use a carpenter’s hammer, but you really won’t get the same results. Invest in a stamping hammer – your life will be much easier!)
- Silver plated spoons VERY IMPORTANT!!! If you get stainless steel spoons, you will have to upgrade your metal stamping kit to the Premium Stamping Kit, since a regular stamp won’t have the power to make an impression on stainless. You can use vintage spoons, or search for “silver-plated” spoons online.
- Black fine-tipped sharpie marker (or stamping ink)
- Painter’s tape
- Tape your spoon onto a block. It’s not going to look the prettiest while you are doing it, but it helps with the impression so you will need it!
- Wherever it makes contact with your block, that is where you want to stamp because the spoons are rounded. You will need to rotate for each letter to get the best impression.
- Using masking or painter’s tape to tape the spoon down, and also to lay over the spoon to help measure where you would like the letters to go on the spoon. You can write on the tape so you know exactly where to punch.
- For best results, start the word in the middle of your spoon first and work your way out, rotating the spoon as you need to.
- Once you are done, write over your impressions with a fine-tipped sharpie, making sure you get in all of the grooves. It’s ok if you go out of the lines…you can wipe away any excess and the indentation will keep the color. (OPTIONAL: there is also stamping ink that you can use – follow manufacturer’s instructions.)
- Like trying anything new, learning how to stamp a spoon is going to require practice, practice, practice. It’s pretty simple though.
- Use a stamping block – you could do this directly on a hard surface, but you will have much more control on a block (without damaging your table or countertops).
- Invest in a stamping hammer if you want to do a lot of this. You will have better precision and it will be easier than using a carpenter’s hammer.
What gifts do you like making for your loved ones? Share in the comments below! If you missed the episode or want to see it in action then check it out here and remember we want to see your DIY’s on Instagram so follow @PaigeHemmis #PaigeDIY