How to Make a Spoon Necklace

The other day we had a yard sale.

We sold a claw foot bathtub and an old trunk and a Ho Ho Ho pillow and two chairs missing spindles and a bunch of old trophies and a yellow train track set and box full of cassette tapes.

High dollar stuff.

Aren’t you sad you missed it?

And during the frenzy of shopping activity…..

……my mother told everyone about my blog.


The lady buying the chairs with the missing spindles looked remotely interested.

And then we had a run on the Christmas mugs and the moment was gone.

Stamped Spoon Necklace

That’s my mother.

Cheerleader.  Coach.  Teacher.  Nana.

Occasional saint.

Fan of Emily Post.

Expert granola baker.

Prom dress-maker.

And full to the brim of unsolicited opinions.

And I adore her….opinions and all.


Here’s the perfect gift to make for the granola-baking cheerleader in your life.

How to make your own spoon necklace

How to Make a Spoon Necklace


Supplies for a spoon necklace


spoon (at the risk of stating the obvious)

steel stamping block


silver stamps

jump ring


Silver stamps for the necklaceStep 1:  Remove the handle of the spoon

Put the handle of the spoon in a vice grip and use a hack saw to saw off the handle.

Use a metal file to file down any rough edges.


Step 2:  Flatten the spoon with a rubber mallet

Hammer the spoon until flat.

You will still have some bumps when you finish.

It’s okay.

They’re called character.


Step 3:  Drill hole for necklace

Clamp flattened spoon down and drill a hole through the silver.

Use a small drill bit.

Don’t drill to close to the edge.

File any sharp edges with a metal file.

Different size silver stamps

Step 4:  Choose the size of stamps you want to use

Here are the three sizes of stamps I have.

1/4 (largest)…..all caps.

5/64 (2mm) (medium)…..all caps.

3/32 (smallest) …..lower case.

I used the 1/4 for the NANA necklace and the 5/64 for the name necklace.

Silver stamping block

Step 5:  Stamp spoon

Place spoon on the stamping block.

Hold the silver stamp where you want the letter to go and hit hard with a hammer several times.

Sometimes you have to flip the spoon over and flatten it again when the edges curl up slightly.

Fill in the letters with a fine point Sharpie

Step 6:  Fill in letters with a fine tipped sharpie

After you finish stamping….the letters will be a little hard to see.

Just trace each letter with a fine-tip sharpie.

Step 7:  Add the jump ring and chain

I really like the jump rings that resemble key chains.

They are so much easier to use.

I buy the chain in extra long strands from Hobby Lobby and use needle nose pliers to adjust it to fit.

Stamped Spoon Necklace when finished

I love you mother.

I love that you have shown such strength and courage to make it through the last few weeks.

I love that you have pushed me and cheered me and lifted me up and kept me humble.

I love that the claw foot bathtub and the trunk and the trophies and the yellow train track all went to good homes.

And I love…..

…..that you believe in me enough to tell a yard full of cassette tape buyers about Thistlewood.

You are a rock star.

Happy Mother’s Day.

PS  I get asked all the time about silver stamping supplies!  Here’s what I used to get started:

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  1. Image for Sarah {20 State} Sarah {20 State}

    Thank goodness for mums! Mine is funny, clever, loving, willing to help me lift heavy stuff, listen to my rambles...and let me talk about her in my blog. Love you mum xx {I know you love this blog as much as I do}

  2. Image for tara tara

    It's beautiful, friend... but the words are even better. I love how you honored your mom here....and I know she is blessed by your love.

  3. Image for Sandy Sandy

    I understand exactly what you mean about Moms; I am one of those. I love to tell anyone who will listen to me about my interior designer daughter, and my grandaughter who's going to be a dentist. know what I mean. You my dear, in addition to your mother, are the "rock star". Happy Mother's Day to both of you.

  4. Image for gina gina

    Nothing like a mothers love! Funny how you teamed up for mother's day with two of my favorite bloggers (besides you, of course). I think it would be hard for me to be friends with them because they are just too gorgeous! And talented! :)

  5. Image for Jen (Balancing Beauty and Bedlam) Jen (Balancing Beauty and Bedlam)

    OH, garage sales, my favorite thing ever and I JUST love when I run into women like your mom. You meet lots of those sweet folks out yard saleing. :) Isn't it our prayer that sometimes our girls will grow up and write sweet words of blessing about us like you just did for your mom? You're modeling it well. :)

  6. Image for Mike (CraftyDad) Mike (CraftyDad)

    Sweet, sweet post. My mom passed away 18 years ago. Tragic. In many ways. I miss her. A lot. Every day. To my wife (and mother to my boys) and all the wonderful moms out there -- I applaud you. For all you do. For all you are. Hand-holder. Cheek-kisser. Tear-wiper. Butt-smacker. Food-maker. House-cleaner. Picture-taker. Peace-keeper. And a million other titles. Happy Mother's Day!

  7. Image for Linda Southworth Linda Southworth

    Have you thought of selling your stamped items when you offer the "Shops at Thistlewood"? I scanned a few sites and think it would take me about $100 to just try this project which I would love to do. But if I only want a few maybe its cheaper to buy your creation?

  8. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    What a beautiful gift for your Mom! Sounds like the yard sale was a rocking success...especially with your number 1 cheerleader there! ;)

  9. Image for SheilaG @ Plum Doodles SheilaG @ Plum Doodles

    Drat! I would have been fighting someone over the claw foot tub! Seriously. 3 houses ago {we move a lot}, my dad dragged out an old claw foot tub he found out in the woods, so that we could refinish it and put it in our bathroom. I loved it and miss it still. I love all your spoon projects, so fun. I want to give it a try, but I'm too cheap to buy new spoons, and apparently all the other thrift store shoppers read your blog, too, because all I can find is knives. Just doesn't quite give the same message, does it? :P

  10. Image for Michele Michele

    I know you didn't intend it but this post made me cry. My own dear rockstar momma died over 20 years ago but oh my heart I miss her, she was the dearest friend I ever had. I love your project, and love your blog and even love your rockstar Mom. Give her an extra hug from me. And give one to yourself, because your own children will (or secretly say now) the same about you. Apples don't fall far from the trees.

  11. Image for Cathy Cathy

    I love these! but I have a quick question......what kind of spoon? does it need to be a true silver spoon? or will a regular household spoon work? thanks!

  12. Image for Heidi Rew Heidi Rew

    Oh my goodness...that sounds like my Mother! I thought it would end when I quit my radio job a few months ago but nope! ;p Love, love, love the spoon necklace Karianne! I need to get a stamp set now! ;p Thanks so much!

  13. Image for Diane Diane

    Your Mom will love it, almost as much as she will love reading today's post. I hope you both have a memorable day and get to spend it together. ~Diane

  14. Image for Elisabeth Elisabeth

    This is really cute! When I saw the subject line of spoon necklace on the email I was thinking, huh, what is she doing now? She is so stylish and have so many great qualities, why on earth is she making a necklace with spoons? In my mind you had made a necklace with several plastic spoons dangling from a string, or my co-horst that is sitting right next to me at work her vision was several nicer spoons, like the serving spoon and gradually they would be smaller all the way up to a baby spoon! When we opened up your post and noticed that this was indeed not what we had pictured and that the spoon necklace was something that both of us would love to make we started laughing at how silly we were, for heaven sake you are Karianne from Thistlewood Farms why would we think you would come up with something ugly?! O ye, of little faith!

  15. Image for Jane H. Jane H.

    Love this post, and your loving words about your mother even more! As with others who responded, I lost my mother 18 years ago; her birthday is in 4 days, and often falls on Mother's day, which I consider to be her day. While I no longer have her here to say kind words about me, I have twin daughters who I cherish, and hopefully make them feel as you do about your mother. I seldom read all the replies on a post, but took the time to do so on this one, and I am so glad I did. Happy Mother's day to all of you, and to your mothers!

  16. Image for Pinky Pinky

    You and your Mom are SUCH rock stars. Of COURSE she sings your praies, you do for your girls too. I love this tribute to her too. Wish I had been at the garage sale. XO, Pinky

  17. Image for Dear Lillie Dear Lillie

    I LOVE this necklace, Karianne! And as always I so enjoy reading your posts! You are the BEST writer. Thank you so much for letting me do this with you today!

  18. Image for Regina Merrick Regina Merrick

    Love the necklace! I can see the light at the end of a very long and winding tunnel of graduation exercises, Mother's Day, etc. when it gets really bright, I'm gonna get my craft on. Just sayin' ;)

  19. Image for Anne Presley Anne Presley

    Thank you for the sweet testimony and love. It has been a very challenging year and love it what helps me keep on going. This cheerleader says - you go girl and knock 'em dead like only you know how! You are amazing and so talented and that is only the beginning of what I could say - love you.

  20. Image for Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door

    Hi, Karianne! I've been an admirer of your stamped projects for a while now and love the idea of trying this myself! I've researched the various stamping kits, tools, etc and I'm a bit confused about what to purchase. Would you mind sharing your sources with us? Did you purchase online, locally, etc. Thanks so much!!!

  21. Image for Brenda Kula-Pruitt Brenda Kula-Pruitt

    Lord girl! You could have made a water garden out of that claw foot tub, Or a flower garden. Maybe that's not your style though. You know, when I say I write a blog to anyone, usually they say: "A what?" Then: "What's that?" Brenda

  22. Image for Bella Bella

    Wow! They are nice and precious. So is your mother and you for appreciating her.. Mother's day is everyday in our family. I'd have to say what you do is great, some have been done before. My question is .. Where do you find the time? DIY'ers are endless and amazing but reallyyyy? All that time spent on those spoons , materials etc..etc.. It'll be cheaper to buy them. IMO. That's what I'd do. For's personalized because you make them and you enjoy doing so but all that time doing it or finding the time..almost unbelievable. Time is money, it can't be chased nor can it be stopped. Just really wondering since whilst running into your blog.. made me think what do others do with precious time. I have to go yoga, pilates, swimming and finding the time to find places to be able to buy the kinds of things you have here. Thanks for the links you have and to all the DIY'ers out there.

  23. Image for Patty O Patty O

    OK...that's it... Now I HAVE to HAVE the letter stampers. What can I say? Brilliant - truly brilliant! Thanks for the tutorial - this is getting tagged as Best of the Best for my upcoming projects (as soon as my shoulders are healed)! Signed, Your faithful blog follower, Patty O ps...Tell your Mom - Great Job! And thanks for raising such an entertaining and genius of a daughter!

  24. Image for Jennifer Jennifer

    This may be a dumb question, but can this be done on stainless steel spoons? I had a project using the decorative handles so I have a lot of spoon parts. My husband flattened them out for me, but we were unable to get the stamps to stamp properly-you could barely see the indention of the letters. Thanks.

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