DIY silver stamped spoon bracelet

Did you know that August 23 is tutorial day here at Thistlewood?

I mean a real tutorial.

With numbered steps.

Not a tutorial that was supposed to be about how to add trim to a sheet and then ended up as a random numbered post about a trip to Wal-Mart.

What was that?  Seriously.  All I can say is around here…..some posts just write themselves.


So no random post today.

We are having tutorial day because I decided that I love this project.  And it was so easy.  And looks amazing. And I wanted to tell you all about it.  In great detail.


And I didn’t want any distractions.  

Therefore…… I am going to refrain from talking about my son’s attempt to get me to help him with his homework by saying……“Come on Mom.  If you help me… could call it a project and put it on your blog.”

And I’m not going to tell you that I found this great set of stencils at the dollar store or that “The Real Housewives of New York” is really great this season or that I just learned about the timer on my camera.


Nothing like that today.

We don’t have time.

We have a tutorial to get to.


Stamped Silver Spoon Bracelet


Vintage silver sugar spoon

1.  Start with a silver plate spoon.

Soup spoons are the best.

This is shaped like a sugar spoon which is second best.

It really needs to be silver plate because it is an easy metal to stamp.


Flatten the head of the spoon


2.  Flatten the head of the spoon.

Place the spoon on a hard surface and use a rubber mallet.

After you flatten it, depending on the depth of the spoon, you may have little ripples.

This is fine.

It gives it character.


Silver stamps for your spoon


3.  Decide what you want to stamp on your spoon bracelet.

I stamped “spread joy around.”

You could put a date (anniversary, birthday, etc.)

You could put family names.

Song lyrics.


You get the idea 🙂

Hand stamped spoon

4.  Stamp the flattened spoon.

I used 3/32 size stamps.

To stamp the silver… the spoon on a metal stamping block.

Then, place the stamp where you want the letter to be located on your silver and hit with a regular household hammer.

Several times.

I usually hammer it about four times to make a good letter impression.

Just a quick suggestion:  I have it on good authority that standing up while stamping silver makes it a little easier.


Trace the letters with a fine tip marker


5.  Take a permanent marker with a fine tip and trace the letters.


Finished hand stamped spoon


6.  Your letters should look like this.

If there is too much ink on your letters, you can scrub lightly with the rough side of a sponge and the excess will come off.


Bend the spoon to form a bracelet
7.  Bend the spoon until it forms a half-circle.

This is easier than it looks.

The silver plate is pretty pliable.

We bent it around an old metal pole and hammered it into shape.

Then I adjusted it to fit my wrist.


Now…..aren’t you glad you were here for tutorial day?

Don’t get used to it, though.

I think tutorial day only comes around once a year.


And we have plenty to discuss about those Housewives of New York between now and then 🙂

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  1. Image for Laura Laura

    You make it look really easy and I love how it turned out. Now, if I could only hammer the spoon instead of my thumb. hmmmmmm.....maybe I need a hammering tutorial :)

  2. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    You make it look so easy!...Such a beautiful bracelet with a sentiment that is so fitting for "you" you are always "spreading the joy all around"!!!

  3. Image for Christy Christy

    EEEK! I love this! These would make great Christmas gifts! Thanks for I'm off to the Bead Box for supplies!

  4. Image for Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage

    Are you somehow now infiltrating my dreams? Because I was just dreaming about making a spoon bracelet - then woke up and thought about it while lazing in bed. Then came down, read this and thought "Kari now has access to my inner most thoughts"! Now I'm nervous. What else do you know? Please only harness your powers for good. Kelly

  5. Image for Yvonne @ StoneGable Yvonne @ StoneGable

    Great tutorial, KariAnne! I make plant makers using this technique, but never thought to make a pretty cuff! Thanks for the easy to understand instructions! These would make fabulous Christmas gifts for my girls!!! Please stop by StoneGable and add your cuff DYI to TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS, going on now! I wish Tutorial Day would happen more!!!! Great idea!

  6. Image for Kelly @ JAX does design Kelly @ JAX does design

    See, you CAN write a great tutorial! I love your spoon bracelet :-) I really want to do some stamping - I did it on the pottery piece I made in PEI, and it was fun :-) I love how stamped lettering usually isn't perfect - it gives a stamped piece character and a wonderful handmade quality :-)

  7. Image for Linda @ it all started with paint Linda @ it all started with paint

    I have my stamps. Ordered from your sponsor, The Bead Box. Clicked on their button on your sidebar and placed my order. Now I just need a stamping block. And spoons. And, seriously, I can use a regular old hammer? I don't need some super special hammer? :) me

  8. Image for Pam@frippery Pam@frippery

    I spent quite a chunk of change for one of these for my daughter because even though I have a set of metal stamps I thought bending the spoon would be hard. Duh!!! Looks great. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Image for Amanda Amanda

    So pretty! Like an instant heirloom. PS. You're not kidding about RHONY! So good! Those Housewives shows are such a guilty pleasure of mine. All of them ;)

  10. Image for Fairfield House Fairfield House

    Karianne, Thanks for the great tutorial! I enjoyed it more than the last one on your son's homework. :D You've even convinced me to give it a try -- stamping not your son's homework. I have to email you regarding Hometalk and twitter chat sessions. I have accounts on both but have no idea what I am doing. I need those books: Twitter and Hometalk for Dummies. Your Friend, Deborah

  11. Image for Linda Adams Linda Adams

    Good Morning Karianne, Great tutorial and I love the bracelet. One of these days I'm going to try one of your stamping on metal projects. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day! Joyous Wishes, Linda

  12. Image for Gee Gee

    Gift ideas rolling around in my head. You make it look so easy... Might have to try this. Thanks for sharing.. always a joy to read your posts! ((HUGS)) Gee

  13. Image for tara tara

    very glad I stopped by for this the bracelet...LOVE. It seems like I had some kind of spoon jewelry when I was college 20 years ago...a ring maybe? Where is that thing? Anyway, awesome tutorial...and amazing pictures! so crisp!!!

  14. Image for Patricia Cunniff Patricia Cunniff

    There are usually so many projects I want to start that I don't start any... but I have my grandmothers Silver Plate Silverware set, still in the original Wooden case. She would be proud of me if I used them to actually start a project (she wouldn't have been very proud of me when I tried to sell them and found out they weren't worth anything much because they are Silver Plate) and I really like your project. Having it in a Tutorial was great, Thank you.. Where would I start looking for the stamps?

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