If you’re on Pinterest, you have probably seen a pin similar to this craft. It’s 2 spoons, hand stamped to say “Spooin’ since xxxx.” I think I pinned it the day I got my Pinterest account. Which was nearly 6 years ago. Yikes. My 6th anniversary is coming up this weekend and it’s present theme is “iron.” Now, these spoons are stainless steel but it was a craft that we did together and isn’t that really the point of a handmade gift?
Interested in learning how to hand stamp metal? Let’s get started!
I got my letters and hammer from Amazon. The hammer was “frequently purchased” when people bought the letters but as Hubs started with his practice spoon, it became clear that this hammer was not going to cut it. He went and got his normal hammer and that one worked like a charm. I bought a 6 pack of 2 different size spoons from Walmart. Each pack was 89 cents or something.
From practicing, we learned a couple things:
- You only get 1 shot. Hitting the letter more than once shows, the letter moves ever so slightly and makes it look bad
- Start with the middle letter or number and work out. I wanted to word “SINCE” to be centered as much as possible on the spoon so he started with the “N”
- Helping hold the spoon does nothing. (as seen in the last picture)
Once we got 2 spoons stamped nicely, I took some acrylic paint and filled in the letters. I painted over the words, wiped off the paint, and repeated until the letters were filled in with enough paint for my liking. We stamped the big spoon “SINCE” and the little spoon “2010.” I decided not to stamp “SPOON'” because, the spoons were going to represent that.
In order to display them, I got a cheap from from TJ Maxx, a couple command hook sticky sheets, and a piece of scrapbook paper. For the frame, you can toss out the glass but keep whatever cardboard was in between the back of the picture frame and the paper. I glued my scrapbook paper straight to the cardboard and then stuck the spoons onto the paper.
Once the spoons were stuck, I left it laying flat for a little bit, just to make sure the sticky pads had enough time to create a good seal. Sometimes, when I use command hooks, whatever I’m hanging up falls right off because the hook wasn’t stuck properly to the wall. But that’s the whole craft! It took about an hour and was a nice way to spend nap time with my husband. I also like that we created something that will last for more than just our anniversary. I think it’ll be nice to see hanging on the wall and remind us of the afternoon we spent making it.
Have you ever hand stamped metal? Or made something else for an anniversary? I’d love to see!