Zinc Nameplates

I discovered nameplates a few years ago and use them everywhere. They can be expensive, hard to find and limited in color and size. I have seen zinc ones in the french and swedish bogs . Could I make my own? Of course.
Download templates here. (I've given you two different sizes but feel free to resize to fit your project) Print on card stock and cut out the size you want. With a fine tip sharpie, trace the shape onto a piece of metal. This one is a thin sheet of galvanized steel I found in the duct department of Home Depot, but just about any thin, bendable metal will do. You can find brass at some hobby shops if that is the look you want.
Cut out the name plate with shears or heavy scissors, being careful at the intersections of the curves and the tabs. It is so easy to overcut, making slices into the body of the plate. I try to cut very close to the intersection then twist and bend the metal until it snaps off. File or sand the edges if they are at all sharp.
Place a ruler on the line you wish to bend. With a straight-edged screwdriver, scribe a line. Put the ruler on the body of the nameplate and bend the tab to a 45˚ angle by rotating the metal and ruler on a hard surface.

Drill or punch holes where the screws or tacks will go, then spray it with gray primer paint if you want the zinc look. Be sure to paint the outsides of the tabs as well.
Attach the name plate to your surface (I used decorative brass upholstery tacks) then bend your tabs completely over. Write out your label on a piece of cardstock and slip it into the opening.

Remember the saying "If it moves, fondle it"? Well in this case, "If it stands still, label it". 

54 comments: said...

very clever as always, and a great decorative touch. thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

lindsey said...

This may be a silly question, but I love the hooks for keys, what did you use? Is it nails?

Gail said...

Good question. They are mason (masonry) nails. They were in my stash so I can't tell you exactly where I bought them but I think they are widely available.

Inspired by you said...

So creative. What a fantastic idea!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Cool idea...thanks for sharing it at NTT!


Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Excellent idea, well done. You are so clever and now I must copy you.

By the Bluegrass said...

Ooooh, thanks for the tutorial! I love these.

Amie {Kitty Cats and Airplanes} said...

Wow cool! I love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Cool idea! I really could have used your idea when I created my key holder. Check it out here
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Krafty Kat said...

So cool! I love how you used the thin metal for duct work- always thought that stuff could be used for other purposes! Thanks for linking up! PS- I knew this was yours before I clicked over!

VINTAGE said...

Fantastic idea - totally cool!!!



Shabby Soul said...

You big smartie! What a great idea! I love getting craft supplies at home depot :-)

Robin said...

What a great idea! You could start a series of crafts from The Home Depot!

Kristen @ said...

love the organizing and I love nameplates too! thanks so much for linking up to handmade tuesdays @ ladybug blessings!

Jane said...

Clever! I love the nameplates as an organizational tool.

maryann said...

oh how i love your blog! i just got done reading (i hope!) the whole thing. you have so many GREAT ideas that are also EASY and use STUFF I ALREADY HAVE!! thank you so much! thank you for taking the time to write and put up photos, and for sharing your wonderful creations! looking forward to your next post!


Katie @ EyeSpyDIY said...

Wow, what a great idea! I never would've thought to make them myself! It turned out so cute!

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AllieMakes! said...

This is great! I am impressed!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Simply genious!!! :)

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Jill said...

Cute little labels!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great weekend!

Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Liz said...

Simple and Clever! Good Job!


Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

If it stands still, label it! Love that mantra!

Please link this post up to
Creative Juice Party

Meredith said...

What a neat idea! I love how that turned out! :)

At The Picket Fence said...

That looks great and as always I am super impressed by your talent and creativity! Thanks for linking up to Inspiration Friday this week~

Meg said...

I have to admit, I've never heard that saying! ;) I love your labels. Very cute and a great way to save some $$$. Thanks for the great tutorial as well.

shannon said...

Clever girl!

AmieAnn said...

This is awesome! Love the plaque you made to go with it! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!

Debra@Common Ground said...

really smart, love the look! Thanks for linking up with VIF!

Becolorful said...

Clever idea. Thanks for sharing on Motivated Monday at BeColorful.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Darling labels!! Love this idea~ thanks for sharing at FNF!

Mom to Many said...

What a COOL idea! I remember playing with my Dad's tin snips as a kid. These would be so fun to make!


Holly said...

You are one amazing lady and so full of great ideas. This is fabulous...another one for me to try!

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