In the land of a million text messages…..
…the hand-written note is king.
The other day I got a simple thank you note in the mail and I stared at it and wondered.…could this actually be an antique one day?
Would future generations find it….
…..and marvel that anyone ever took a pen and wrote on paper?
E-mails and texts and Facebook messages get the job done.
But a hand-written note?
It does all that and so much more….
….with incredible character and style.
And that style deserves its own special place.
So I found a box and made a stamped spoon box handle and I’m creating a time capsule of notes….casually scrawled with well-wishes and congratulations and even a simple hello…..to keep inside.
And I’m saving it for future generations to discover.
To discover a time….
…when communication was so much more than words on a screen.
How to Stamp Silver & Make a Stamped Spoon Box Handle
silver plate spoons
silver stamping block
Step 1: Select spoon
You can easily find silver plate at thrift stores and estate sales.
Silver plate is very easy to work with and bends smoothly and is strong enough to hold up to normal wear and tear.
Step 2: Flatten head of spoon
Using a rubber mallet (so you won’t damage the silver) flatten the head of the spoon.
The spoon will still have a few ridges and bumps even though it is almost flat.
Those are my favorite.
They’re called character.
Step 3: Bend handle
This was the easiest step that I thought was going to be the hardest step.
I just bent the handle with my hands.
I used the natural bend in the spoon and applied pressure until it fit the size of the box.
If you want your handles smaller or larger….just adjust the pressure.
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 spoon handle to stamp the word NOTES.
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 stamped spoon over and flatten it again when the edges curl up slightly.
Step 6: Glue to the top of the box
Let dry overnight.
Now….collect your notes and add them to the box.
Then hand-write a note to someone special and send it to them.
You better hurry though….
….before all the pens become antiques, too.
PS For more projects with stamped silver….click here.
PPS And now….in the fun announcement category! I’m hosting an Easter Pinterest party this Sunday with a group of talented blogger friends!
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The monthly Year of Celebrations Pinterest Party is the place to find THE most comprehensive, inspiring Pinterest board on the block. Each and every month, we’ll be focusing on a different holiday or celebration, and this month is all about Easter!
Here are all of the details for how YOU can participate:
What: A Pinterest Party to celebrate all things Easter!
When: THIS Sunday, March 30 at 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m. Central/ 7 p.m. MST/ 6 p.m. PST
How you can participate:
- Round up YOUR favorite Easter projects and recipes. Anything goes: crafts, decor, sweet treats, and more!
- When the party kicks off, tweet YOUR favorite Valentine’s Day project and/or link using the hashtag #yearofcelebrations. Helpful hint: We highly recommend putting the hashtag at the beginning of your tweet to ensure it doesn’t get cut off.
- On Sunday, March 30, tune in at the appointed time and watch as we build a board full of amazing ideas – including yours!
- Be sure to follow along during the party to repin and comment on the board’s posts using the hashtag #yearofcelebrations.
We are so excited to PIN and SHARE all of your amazing projects!
See you Sunday rock star.