I remember a few years ago when we started doing a bar cart in our living room how fun it was to stock the cart with all the necessary items. One of the the first things I found was a beautiful glass decanter that had a pyramid stud type design, and I was so happy to find another similar pattern in a shorter decanter a year later. While they are so pretty, you do always have to announce what’s in each one when people are making use of the cart since they don’t have labels like regular bottles do. What’s the elegant solution to the mystery booze dilemma? Stamped liquor labels of course!
-metal stamping blanks in your desired size and shape
-needle nose pliers and chain cutters
–metal hole punch (2mm is a good size)
-metal letter punch set and hammer
–jeweler’s block (optional but gives a cleaner impression)
-black marker and rubbing alcohol (optional)
Use some tape to tape your stamping blank to a hard surface like a jeweler’s block, and use your hammer and letter punch set to make your labels. Depending on how long the word is and how big your blanks are, you may want to use a smaller or larger font for each one. If you’re new to stamping, check out this post for a little “stamping 101” lesson for a few extra tips and tricks.
Once your stamping is complete, you can darken your letters by coloring in the grooves with a black marker and then wiping off the top with rubbing alcohol so only the indents remain dark. Use your pliers to open a jump ring and use the chain cutters to cut a piece of chain your desired length for your charm. Attach the chain to the jump ring and your charm label is ready to be hung!
Aren’t they adorable? And it didn’t take any time at all to make, so even if you have a lot of decanters, it goes pretty quickly once you get started. They’re like little necklaces for the bottles. I love that they are informational as well as decorative. And who doesn’t love a cute way to solve a problem? I’ll cheers to that! xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited using Stella from the Signature Collection.