My trade show season is fast approaching and I always try to have something new every year. My new product this year will be my stamped washer bookmarks.
Washers (zinc from the hardware store are fine. I paid 12 cents each for mine)
Metal punch set (get one cheap online or at the craft store. Mine is from Hobby Lobby for $11.99. Use your 40% off coupon to save more!)
You also need a place to hammer out these letters. It needs to be hard, like concrete, and not easily damaged. Since I wanted to do mine indoors (it's too hot to do it outside in the garage) I splurged on a steel block. It was $11.00. You could do this outside - just cover your concrete with something like a flat plastic cutting board so that you don't pick up a texture on the opposite side you are pounding.
Start by placing your washer face up on the block or surface you are working on. Pick a letter. . .
Use the sharpie to color in your letters.
homemade hand sanitizer and it works great!
. . . and add a dab of glue about a half inch up from the washer on one side of the ribbon. Stick the two pieces together. I decided to not glue them straight so that they split a little at the top.
Use a clothespin to hold the pieces together.
When dry, trim the top. These will be used with the washer inside the book and the ribbon poking out the top.
If I do it again:
I should probably sew the ribbon instead of gluing it but I don't want to. You all know how I feel about my sewing machine!
I shared this project here: