My First Time Stamping Metal

As one of 20+ bloggers participating in the Thrift Store Décor Challenge this month, I am excited to share my first attempt at stamping metal.


When you get to the bottom of this post you will be treated to some serious creativity so please hop around to each blog and get to know us and our thrifty goodness.



The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Jennifer | Cookies Coffee and Crafts – Michelle | Our Crafty Mom 
Pili | My Sweet Things – Denise | My Thrifty House
Debra | Shoppe No. 5 – Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home
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My First Time Stamping Metal

Stamping metal was much harder than I anticipated but I am not giving up. I have always loved the look of anything stamped with a personal sentiment especially personalized stamped jewelry.


My husband found these old letter and numbers stamps during one of our many trips to the flea market. Regardless if I ever master the art of stamping metal, they are awesome to display in my office.


What I Learned About Stamping Metal

  • Practice, practice and more practice
  • Get a good hammer
  • Practice, practice and more practice
  • Don’t double hit the stamp
  • Practice, practice and more practice
  • Pencil on spacing lines
  • Practice, practice and more practice
  • Don’t hit the stamp too hard
  • Practice, practice and more practice
  • Don’t hit the stamp too lightly
  • Practice, practice and more practice
  • Be prepared to make mistakes
  • Practice, practice and more practice


After lots of practice, this stamped key chain made from the handle of a fork is what holds keys to the Glamper aka Bryant Chateau aka Chateau Bryant.


After adding the black permanent marker over the stamped letters you can see which letters weren’t hit hard enough and the importance of adding spacing lines.

I love this key chain and will keep it forever as a reminder once I get better at this new found hobby.

And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!


  1. Kathleen says:

    I think I like it just the way it is! Not sure how I’d do with this though, I’m a very impatient person lol .xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

  2. Debrashoppeno5 says:

    I have been wanting to try this. I have heard Habour Freight carries the stamping kit if you aren’t lucky enough to find out at a flea market. When I get the stamps I will follow your instructions.

  3. FLORENCE says:

    Denise, this looks very intriguing. Was it harder to get it to penetrate silver plate? Just wondering. I really like the look of it & I’m sure it does take lots of practice. I never thought of adding Sharpie to the lettering to make it stand out. That’s a good tip.

  4. Leanna says:

    I burst out laughing at the practice practice practice. I could just see you with the hammer, practicing practicing practicing lol. What a great find,

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