DIY Soda Can Metal Stamping

Soda can metal stamping is what I like to call the “dime store” method for creating metal stamping for crafts and jewelry.  I just adored the 4 Stamped Silver Projects from Karianne at Thistlewood Farms.  She captures a vintage look and elegance in her silver spoon stamping projects that you just have to see for yourself.  They are gorgeous!!!  I had no idea that I liked metal stamping.  Now I know I’m hooked!

Elegant is not a word I would use to describe this DIY project, but vintage looking, perhaps.  If you are trying to add a bit of rustic charm to a project, then this might be just the one for you.



If you have a soda can or two and a few other household items, then you can make some of these pretty quickly.  It took me about 1 hour.

Get creative and improvise if you need to…the following supplies are pretty basic.


Here are the supplies I used:

Aluminum soda can


Ball point pen or an awl if you have one (Make sure the pen is the non-click kind)

Black ink pad

Black marker

Pieces of wood (I used a cedar cooking plank)

Hand saw

Glue gun



Soda Can Metal Stamping

Cut the top and bottom off the aluminum can.  Be careful, wear gloves if you need to, but a standard pair of scissors should do the job.  It helps if you poke a hole in the can with the sharp point of your scissors to get the cutting started.

Flatten the aluminum strip out a bit and determine how many pieces you want, and then cut them out.

Lay the aluminum strip down printed side up and write your word back words with a black marker, or draw your design.  It helps to write your word on paper first for practice, it is not as hard as it looks.  Try to write in block letter style, kind of like kindergarten!

Once you are happy with your letters or image, trace over the letters or design with either an awl or a the tip of a ball point pen.  You will have better results with a ball point pen that does not click open and closed.  Make sure to press fairly hard to make your stamp impression.  The idea is to have a face stamp that will be prominent enough to be darkened with ink.


Turn the aluminum strip around and darken the face with an ink pad, trying to catch the ink on the embossed letters or design.  You may have to rub some off and apply more until you get the look you like.

Round off the sharp edges.


Mount Metal Labels on Wood

If you would like to mount the metal labels on wood, start by lying your metal labels down on a piece of thin wood and draw lines with a pencil around the labels.

Cut the wood pieces out with a hand saw.

Sand the wood pieces down, drill a small hole, and apply a bit of stain or paint, if you wish.

Apply the metal labels to the wood pieces with hot glue.

Run string through the holes and tie off.

I used soda can metal stamped labels on wood for this Ombre Dot Canister Set, but you could use soda can metal stamping for any project.  It is a quick, easy way to get that rustic embossed look for labels and designs on metal, when in a pinch!

Meanwhile, I’ve got my sights on a the real deal:  a metal stamping set… thanks, Karianne!![fbshare type=”button”]

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27 Responses to DIY Soda Can Metal Stamping

  1. Vicky May 31, 2013 at 6:39 am #

    I would totally cut myself sometime during the process of making these. They look really cool though. This is something I would have never thought of doing!

  2. Thistle May 31, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    LOVE this!!!!! Seriously! It turned out so cute! Already pinned and scheduling it tomorrow for Facebook!

    You are such a rock star!

  3. Shanna Gilbert May 31, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    Such a cute idea Amy! Love it!

  4. Natalie@NorthShore Days June 1, 2013 at 5:33 am #

    Amy what a fantastic project!!!! Love love love!!!!! Pinning and featuring you on FB. Hope you’re having a great weekend xx Nat

  5. Danni@SiloHillFarm June 1, 2013 at 7:06 am #

    I love this idea! I have some metal stamps and truthfully, working with them is much harder than I thought it would be! This is so much simpler. You are a genius! Pinning this!

  6. Anne@DesignDreams June 1, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    AMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How freaking adorable!!! Totally pinning & plussing.

    Best idea ever!!!

  7. ImJacobsMom June 1, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    What a cool idea, I can so see these used as plant markers as well!!! 😀

  8. Bliss June 2, 2013 at 6:31 am #

    You know, these are awesome…. so I had to pin ’em.


  9. Mel June 3, 2013 at 1:41 am #

    I love this Amy, what a fab post and an awesome project pinning this xo

  10. Marilyn June 10, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    These labels are amazing! You did a great job with these! Thanks for sharing your amazing tutorial.

  11. Angela June 10, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    This is so neat! Great job. Newest follower from HickoryTrail

  12. Feral Turtle June 11, 2013 at 7:01 am #

    What an awesome project. I might have to steal this idea too! Cheers.

  13. Natalie@NorthShore Days June 14, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    Yay I’m so glad you linked up to the Party Amy – I still LOVE this project xx Nat

  14. Megin June 23, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    How fun! What a unique craft and I love the look of the tags on your jars.
    I’m visiting today from DIY Showoff. I hope you get a chance to visit my blog, too. I’m co-hosting the DIY Sunday Showcase and would love for you to come by and link up!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Open Now! DIY Showcase ~ Come Link Up!

  15. Susan June 24, 2013 at 6:50 am #

    Very cool, I’m going to try this!

  16. heather f June 24, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    I try to comment on all the people who post on our link parties, because we’re so thrilled to have people participate, I didn’t get to very many of them this last time because of…life… but I really love this!

  17. Jen June 29, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    Thanks so much for linking this up to the DIY Sunday Showcase last week! You are featured!! Jen @ Pinkwhen

  18. chris aka monkey May 3, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

    i love it when hometalk runs old posts…. this is awesome amy and so something i can do even in my crippled up state lol xx


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