How To Make Your Own Personalized Key Pendant Necklace

Stamped Keys have become a popular way to "wear your word." With the mix of the vintage key and significant word, it makes the perfect statement piece to add to any outfit. 

My word, lately, has been "Hope." I want Hope to be a reflection of what I wear on a daily basis, not just mentally, but physically as well. Opening our shop has been the ultimate test of faith and many days I find myself hanging on to the promise of Hope. 

"For I know the plans I have for you, declare the Lord, plans to prosper you, and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Let's dive into a quick tutorial about how I make my Vintage Stamped Key Necklaces.



Finding Vintage Keys
I have my honey holes where I find my vintage keys. They can be found anywhere from antique shops and markets, thrift stores or festivals to my favorite antique picker man that seeks them out for me. The tricky part is finding a key has a blank side, sometimes the keys will have codes or a company logo embossed on them. 

The hardest part of all of it is finding the key. Once you've got that you'll want to gather your materials and start the process.


  1. When prepping your key, place it centered on the metal block and tape it down just under where you want the letters. The tape will act as a guide to get your letters straight. 

  2. Take your first letter and place it at the top edge of the tape. Once your letter touches the edge of the tape you know you're ready to stamp. Making sure your letter and tape meet will keep your letters straight. Make sense?

    How to step photos for making your own personalized vintage key pendant necklace

  3. Now you're going to steady your hand, push the letter block down onto the key and hammer 5 hard times. This should produce a happy dance, because you just accomplished something that isn't that simple.

    If your result didn't produce a happy dance and your reaction looked and sounded like throwing everything in the trash and using profanity... don't fret! 

    You probably:
    A. Didn't add enough pressure from your letter to the key.
    B. Hammered too lightly.
    C. Your hammer missed the letter block and it made the letter double or skip.

    Double check your work- then try again. No biggie. This is why I suggest grabbing an extra key to practice on! 

  4. Once you finish your letters, string the chain through the keyhole and add the ball clasp.

  5. Wear your word proud. Work towards your word. Give yourself grace through your word. Mostly, thank God for you word. We are all a work in progress but progress is life and life is good.
    Personalized HOPE vintage key necklace