Make Your Own Stamped Spoon Napkin Rings | Thistlewood Farms

4 Materials
20 Minutes

This is the EASIEST craft to make for any place setting. All you need is a little stamping know-how and some vintage silverplate spoons like these.

You can find these at thrift stores and yard sales for under $1.00. Then use them to decorate your holiday table.

How To Make Stamped Spoon Napkin Rings


vintage silverplate spoons

steel stamping block

rubber mallet


silver stamps

ultrafine sharpie marker

Step 1: Flatten the spoon with a rubber mallet

Hammer the vintage silverplate spoon until it’s flat with a rubber mallet.

It’s easiest if you attach the spoon with a vice grip to hold it in place. A few taps of the mallet are all you need. The silverplate is super pliable and flattens easily.

Just know that after you flatten it, you will still have some bumps when you finish.

It’s okay.

They’re called character. 🙂

Step 2: Choose the size of stamps you want to use

Here are the three sizes of stamps I have.

  • 1/4″ (6mm/largest) all caps
  • (3mm) all caps
  • (3mm) lower case

I used the 1/4 for stamped spoon napkin ring.

Step 3: Stamp the spoon

Place spoon on the steel stamping block. The stamping block is super important. I’ve tried to stamp it without the steel block and it just doesn’t imprint the letters as well.

Hold the silver stamp where you want the letter to go and hit hard with a hammer several times. You may want to practice on a spoon several times so you can get the idea of placement, etc. It’s also VERY IMPORTANT (says the person who learned the hard way) to make sure that your letter is not upside down. Look at the letter on the stamp to check before each time you stamp just to be sure.

In addition, sometimes after you’ve stamped your entire saying or name, you have to flip the spoon over and flatten it again when the edges curl up slightly.

Step 4: Trace the letters

After you’ve finished stamping the spoon, you can trace the letters with an ultrafine sharpie marker to make the letters dark. Over trace so the sharpie lines spill over the edges and then wipe away the excess with a soft cloth.

You may have to trace several times to darken.

Step 5: Bend the spoon into a napkin ring

Bend the spoon with your hands until the spoon forms a narrow “u”.

The silverplate is so pliable that it’s easy to bend without pushing that hard.

You can also bend the tip to make it form a circle, but I really like it straight on the bottom because then the napkin ring lays perfectly flat on the plate.

These would make the cutest handmade gift, too.

Here are just a few ideas to stamp on your spoons:

  • Stamp names (and give it as a party gift)
  • Dates ( 12/25)
  • Funny quotes for each person
  • The twelve days of Christmas
  • A monogram
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Joyeux Noel

Or you could stamp Mele Kalikimaka.

And when you set the table and your guests are so all about you and your decorating and your spoon napkin ring and they tell you how amazing you are and wonder how you do it all and ask what you could possibly think up next tell them Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii’s way….

….to say Merry Christmas to you. 🙂

If you liked this holiday project you might like these:

DIY Monogrammed Ornament

White Twig Winter Wreath

Suggested materials:

  • Vintage silverplate spoon   (Yard sale)
  • Silver stamping kit   (Amazon)
  • Stamping block   (Amazon)
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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

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  • Dl.5660408 Dl.5660408 on Nov 24, 2021

    Sooo pretty! I was wondering how to tell if the flatware is silver plate, is it by looking for tarnish?


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