Stamping wood with a metal stamp set

For ages now I have seen and done stamped washer jewelry. Necklaces. Keychains. Pendants. I still love how it looks and I wear my own stamped washer necklace with my kids birthdays every day. But lately I’ve been feeling like maybe it’s time to find other things to personalize, so I’ve been thinking about what materials I can use my metal stamp set on.

I’ve used it on paper to create an embossed look. I’ve used it on baking soda dough ornaments. I’ve used it on a metal mending plate to make a bracelet. But after I did the wood slice art, a new love was found. Stamping wood.

And this project started out simply enough because we were making a bracelet for my friends daughter for her birthday and an excuse to do some crafting over March (Spring) Break. But I thought it would be a great idea to show you how you can make your own stamped wood jewelry, just in case you’d like to have something different for a change from stamped washers.

I picked up the Craftwood Cube Beads at the Dollar Tree and the colourful wooden craft beads at Dollarama.

making stamped wooden bracelets (2)

We started out using a simple ink stamps to make some wood beaded bracelets. These are so easy for kids to make and personalize.

making stamped wooden bracelets (3)

making stamped wooden bracelets (4)

making stamped wooden bracelets

I can’t show you the finished product of this particular bracelet above yet, as it’s bigger part of a gift that I don’t want my friend to see until her daughter’s birthday. But I’ll promise I’ll show that in a future post.

Of course as we’re ink stamping the wooden blocks, I thought let’s get the metal stamp set out. I asked my older daughter what her favourite word was and she said “Love.”.

So love it was.

stamping wood with metal stamp set

I stamped some wooden blocks to see how it would look.

DIY stamped wood with metal stamp set

And then decided to stamp individual blocks with each letter and made it into a wood stamped bracelet that read the word “Love”.

stamped wood bracelet

DIY stamped wood

DIY wood stamped jewelry

Stamping wood is super easy as wood dents very easily. I did the above wooden blocks with maybe 3 hits on each letter punch with just a regular small hammer that I stole from our garage.  You can stain, paint and personalize it to whatever you’d like. I do recommend painting and then stamping or else the paint will basically cause your indented stamp letters to disappear and be filled by the paint. This goes for stamping metal as well.

For the fonts above I used my TEKTON stamp set (which is currently $15 US on Amazon.com) and I love it so much for crafting that I have repeatedly mentioned it on my site (and trust me TEKTON doesn’t have a clue who I am).  I am starting to look at stamp sets with different style fonts to expand the potential looks for future projects as I’ve got some ideas on the go on other materials to use it on.

If you’ve ever wanted one, go get one. It will change how you personalize gifts and household items.

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Green Door Hospitality
    March 18, 2013 at 10:15 am

    This is really great! Love the idea of both the ink and the metal stamps. Perfect for making gifts!!
    Kenley

    • Reply
      Alex
      March 21, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      Thanks Kenley! The ink ones were great for the kids but I have a soft spot for the impressions.

  • Reply
    Stephen Hughes
    March 18, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    LOVE-ly!
    (Corny I know, sorry – but very likeable)

    • Reply
      Alex
      March 21, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      I appreciate it we LOVE wood! LOL

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    Victoria • Restoring our Victorian
    March 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    A stamp-kit by itself would be a great gift… with some blocks/washers… I can see myself having loved that project, even into my early teen years.

    Kind of like an updated version of the embroidery-thread friendship bracelets.

    • Reply
      Alex
      March 21, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Do you remember making those? I look at some of the childhood ones I have with all these unique patterns and think I was 9 and I knew how to do this. Now I am way past age 9 and stare at it and think “Well I can make a braid…”

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    now at home mom
    March 18, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Oh! so cute, love it! 🙂 OK, now for sure I’m getting one! 🙂 these bracelets look much better then one I just made 🙂

    • Reply
      Alex
      March 21, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      I’ll trade you for all your amazing baking and cooking skills!!

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    Kate
    March 18, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    I love all of your projects with the stamping kit Alex; the wood rings were beautiful and these are great fun – it’s renewed my determination to track down a UK equivalent set! I hadn’t even thought of simple rubber stamping on beads… We’ll definitely be trying that 🙂 thanks for yet more inspiration

    • Reply
      Alex
      March 21, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      If you can’t find something suitable in the UK, let me know! I’ll gladly help you figure out a way to get it over to your side of the pond. I would realllllly love to see what you’d make with them!

  • Reply
    Stacey
    March 18, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Looks like spring break was a hit! What a cool project for the girls (and you!) I love making jewelry and you can never have too much of it. This just makes it even more special adding a personal touch. That stamp kit has wow’d me repeatedly. Love all the ways you use it. MUST. GET. ONE!

    • Reply
      Alex
      March 21, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      I think you need get one or make a personal stamp, if only to do a copyright logo on all the amazing projects you and Richie have done on your home. An insignia of sorts. So that one day say 100 years in the future, if someone comes across your work, they’ll find that ‘treasure in the attic’.

  • Reply
    Danielle
    March 20, 2013 at 2:22 am

    Alex… these are so very fun! How cute would these be for Valentine’s Day?! The little wood blocks look like conversation hearts – love it! What a great project to do with your girlies and one with endless possibilities. Definitely adding a TEKTON set to my birthday wish list.

    • Reply
      Alex
      March 21, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      That is exactly next on the plan. I want to make some for either treats or end of the year classmate goodies with the hearts and stars from a craft store. Right now I am trying to find a good price for them b/c I find a lot are so expensive per quantity.

  • Reply
    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet
    March 22, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Okay, you’ve convinced me. I think I just may need to invest in some wood stamps. The LOVE blocks and bracelet are just too precious…and I kinda love that it’s understated – – that you wouldn’t see the text from afar, but only up close and personal.

    I love to personalize gifts and it seems Mark is working with wood every other day. Together, we’d go wood stamping crazy! Thanks for another inspiration d.i.y. post!

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    Betsy Raven
    May 29, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    I got spoons from the Dollar Store and stamped ‘Kiss the cook’ on the handle
    Can use a Sharpie to darken the letters, Make sure it is sharp since the indents are small

    • Reply
      Alex
      June 3, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      That’s SUCH a great idea!!

  • Reply
    Sheri
    March 16, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Good Morning from Long Island. I just wanted to know do you have a book on the easy wood burning ImpressArt.

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