Hand Stamped Necklace

Initial Necklace

Mother’s Day is coming up…do you know what you are getting the Mother’s in your life? Why not make them some easy hand stamped necklaces. One charm with each of their children’s initials for them to wear close to their heart. Or make one for yourself!

They are really easy to make all you need are a few supplies.


You will need:
some metal stamping discs or squares (Hobby Lobby)
1/8 inch steel stamp set (Harbor Freight which I had for this project)
1.5 to 2 inch head pins
metal jump rings
1.8 mm (or whatever) metal punch

(I tried to find some “less expensive” metal discs with holes already punched in them and found several online. However with shipping and handling, they were a little more than I wanted to pay. Then I found these discs with pre-attached hangers (?). I didn’t like the look and thought that I might be able to just cut them off with wire cutters. Well it turns out, one little twist with pliers is enough to take that attachment right off.


After you remove the attachment, take your punch and put a hole in the top of the disc.



Take the initial stamp tool that you need and then place it directly on the disc. I did this on a very hard surface…the cement in my garage.

I set a thin washcloth under the disc to protect it from scratching. This will not work on a table, etc. Then take a hammer and while holding the stamp VERY STEADY hit the stamp firmly in the middle a couple of times.


Now take a black (or colored) permanent marker and color in the initial where it has indented in the metal. Quickly and lightly wipe the surface of the disc with a wet wipe to remove any excess ink.


Take a head pin and place a pearl onto it. With some pliers twist the pin so that it bends back down on itself like in the picture.


Then twist the extra wire around and around the top part of the wire directly above the pearl to secure the pearl and so that you also have an opening large enough to slide the pearl over the clasp of your chain necklace.


Then simply slide a jump ring onto the initialed disc and attach it and the pearl to the chain necklace of your choice.

These necklaces are quite popular as you well know. They are so easy and make inexpensive gifts for anyone really. I have already made several of these for my sisters, sister-in-laws and a few friends for gifts already. Go ahead and try it. Let me know what you think!


**Edit** A few of you asked where I got my punch. I got it from Beaducation. They also sell the metal discs, etc if you are not near a Hobby Lobby. One of my readers, Jennifer, sent me an email with this Beaducation website several months ago after I mentioned wanting to find some better washer necklaces. Thanks again Jennifer!


  1. Tiffany says

    I have looked every where for the charms, but I guess I missed Hobby Lobby. I am going there tomorrow! Thanks!

  2. {:miss v:} says

    What a fantastic idea! I don't have a Hobby Lobby near by (in fact there isn't one in California at all! boo!) so where would you suggest that I go to look for the metal dics? And the metal letter stamp kit? Do you have to purchase those online?

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Cheryl @ a pretty cool life. says

    Did you buy the stamp kit at HobLob too? I got a set at Michael's, but I'm not sure if I like it…

  4. Lynn from For Love or Funny says

    Thank you! I always wondered how to make these neat personalized necklaces!!

  5. Tracey says

    Going to do this today! One for me, one for mom, one for…everyone I know. Thanks for the tips-so generous!

  6. Heather says

    Thanks for the tutorial! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this type of jewelry and have wanted to make some one my own. Maybe I will have time tonight to work on it so my mom has a birthday gift tomorrow….

  7. **Amy** says

    I added a new link for an online site called Beaducation where I purchased my punch. It is after the last picture.

    The stamp set I purchased at Harbor Freight with a coupon and so I paid about $4.00 for it. We have a Harbor Freight nearby, but I know you can get it online from them too.

    I don't remember how much I paid for the punch. I am guess around $8-$9. I ordered it from Beaducation. Too lazy too look :)!

    I have already made so many of these as gifts that I have been able to get a lot of good use out of the supplies. They are also great gifts for new mommies too! Or little birthday girls older than 3 of course.

  8. The Whimsical Princess says

    Tee Hee I can't believe you remembered me! It is Jennifer here, love the necklace!!!

  9. Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} says

    I love it! Oh my goodness I need to do this it's fantastic!

  10. Le Chateau des fleurs says

    This is super cute and great tutorial! GJ!
    Since i am here a lot, i wanted you to know about my give away on my blog and i don't want you to miss it. I will not Link my party to other party :)

  11. The Slaughters says

    This may have been my favorite post of yours! I have been wanting one of these forever. I sent my husband your link, and he made me one. I love it so much. Thank you!!!!! I blogged about it tonight and added your link. You're awesome.

    Angela in Arkansas

  12. A Touch of Country says

    I have always wanted to make one but never knew how. Thank you so very much for being kind enough to show us all your techniques!

    I love the little pearl you hung with it. Very cute.


  13. A Touch of Country says

    I have always wanted to make one but never knew how. Thank you so very much for being kind enough to show us all your techniques!

    I love the little pearl you hung with it. Very cute.


  14. Jenn @ Frugal Upstate says

    As if it wasn't enough that I had the washer necklaces on my "to do" list, now I've got to add these adorable initial necklaces! Sheesh-if I don't stop visiting your site I'll have projects lined up for the next couple of years!

  15. Nicole says

    thanks so much for a quick and easy tutorial! I have looked into making these before because I assumed they had to be somewhat easy! I have already ordered the stamps and the punch for both me and my sister!! Can't wait to start.

    We are getting a HL in my area and I believe it opens in like 5 days! Yahoo I am so excited!

  16. Tammy says

    Those of you that live near an AC Moore…I found the disks there. They were only .99 for 9 of them and they already had the holes punched in them!!!! Thanks for the great tutorial!!!

  17. Kendal and Hunter says

  18. Teresa says

    You can also check your local bead shop for supplies (you can find some diff shapes and metals, etc)… it helps if you use a bench block under your disc when stamping..

    • Robin says

      Just curious how tight the head pin fits into the pearl? Love this tutorial and can’t wait to try it out!

  19. says

    This is AMAZING!! loved your tutorial .. I just tweeted about it on twitter @KeepinitThrifty Cannot wait toi try this out!

    XOXO Andrea

  20. says

    Great tutorial. Thank you for sharing. I think i might make this for my mom for mother’s day.

    I wish you had done the pictures in a way that would allow pinterest to bookmark this page. The way the page is coded is keeping pinterest from seeing them, so I can’t pin it.

  21. says

    ignore what I said in the first comment about the photo formatting. I realized after I posted it, that I was viewing the page through a frame from tip junkie that was preventing pinterest from seeing the pictures. All fixed (don’t mind me….)

  22. Gina Taylor says

  23. Dan says

    I just wanted to let you know that your post inspired me to make a nice little necklace with my 7 year old for her Mom this year. Granted, she didn’t get to work much with the tools, but she did get to pick out the charm and offer plenty of suggestions!

    Anyway, we picked up some 2mm letters so that we could stamp our little one’s name into a metal heart. I wanted to get a consistent look, so I taped the heart down to a thick metal block and drew my guide lines right on the tape with a sharp pencil. That way, I had something to help me keep the letters (mostly) strait and in line. Without drawing the lines first, I found it very tricky to get the spacing right (as I learned practicing on a little paper heart).

    Thank you again for the great post!

  24. Lolita says

    Hi, I love this idea! I got all of the supplies and tried it all out today. Is there a trick to making sure the whole letter prints? I firmly hammered each letter several times, but many of the letters had parts of them missing. Also, I used a sharpie when I was done, but hours later it all wiped off. Any help or suggestions would be great! Thanks!

    • says

      You have to make sure that you are hitting the stamp as level as possible and that the disk is not bent for the letter to come out more even. Sometimes it still will not stamp perfectly and that is part of the charm of them. The sharpie should stay on longer than that. It does eventually wear off over time and you can touch it up again with the sharpie. Maybe if you are still having problems you could try cleaning it off with rubbing alcohol so that the surface is completely clean and the marker will stick better to the metal disk. Hope that helps.


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