Fathers Day Gift Idea: Hand Stamped Golf Ball Marker

Is the dad in your life a golfer?  My husband is.  We aren’t good or anything, but we do love to get outdoors and lose a few golf balls. ;) We just got out last weekend for our first 9 of the season, tried a new course, and it was awesome.  I didn’t get to go last year between being gigantically pregnant, and then having Roman – so a little gift to my husband was in order while we get back in the swing of our golf game.  (And I just love accidental puns, I’m totally leaving that in.)  Anyway – if you are into metal stamping (or you want to be), there aren’t always a lot of manly gifts that you can make.  But your dad can be the coolest one on the green with a personalized golf ball marker!

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What you will need:

Fathers Day Gift Idea: Hand-Stamped Golf Ball Marker at www.happyhourprojects.com

  • Bench Block
  • Stamping Hammer
  • Circle Blank(s) – these are a new line from ImpressArt called Alkeme.  They stamp like sterling silver and polish up wonderfully.  You may certainly use any metal you like for this project, but I love the thickness and the price point.
  • Tape – masking tape, stamp straight tape, or even washi tape
  • A permanent marker or acrylic paint and a polishing cloth – I opted for blue.
  • Metal Stamps – this is a really fun font called Varsity from ImpressArt.  It’s larger (6mm) than the average stamps, so you’ll stamp like you would a design stamp.  I wouldn’t recommend them if this is your very first project, but if you’ve gotten into stamping and especially if you have a sports fan on your gift list, you will love having this font in your collection!  I got mine at Goody Beads – they make an alpha set and a number set.

Let’s stamp!  If you’re not into metal stamping yet, there are two posts you want to check out.  Forst of all, if you’re reading this before 6.12.14, there’s a giveaway going on for a stamping starter kit that I just posted yesterday, sponsored by ImpressArt!  And second, if you need a full tutorial, I totally have you covered with my beginner’s stamping tutorial.  There’s a supply list and where to find your stuff, a photo step-by-step, a video tutorial, and witty commentary by yours truly. ;) I’ll hit the high notes in today’s post, but there’s a lot more you can learn about metal stamping.

Now, I’m not that well-practiced at this font yet, I’ll confess.  The varsity font is 6mm and working with it is really similar to using design stamps.  So if you struggle with design stamps, you’ll need a little bit of practice with this set – though it’s really a fun set for a sporty look!  It’s also great because it’s all uppercase, so lining up your letters is easy, since they are all equal height.

Fathers Day Gift Idea: Hand-Stamped Golf Ball Marker at www.happyhourprojects.com

I stamped my message, opted for a blue permanent marker to darken my impressions, and polished my ball marker gift up to a nice shine.

Fathers Day Gift Idea: Hand-Stamped Golf Ball Marker at www.happyhourprojects.com

Then, I just popped it into a sleeve of balls for a fun dad-gift!

Fathers Day Gift Idea: Hand-Stamped Golf Ball Marker at www.happyhourprojects.com

He loved it!  I haven’t made him many stamped gifts, because stamping is normally such a jewelry-heavy hobby.  But he’s got something from me that no one else has.

Fathers Day Gift Idea: Hand-Stamped Golf Ball Marker at www.happyhourprojects.com

As much as he thought the “Best Dad” sentiment was cool, he did say it would be even cooler to have it say something else.  (Hold the eye-rolls on this one, I always have to, LOL.)

Fathers Day Gift Idea: Hand-Stamped Golf Ball Marker at www.happyhourprojects.com

Now THIS is truly his personalized marker.  You can stamp any message that suits your guy.  Or your gal.  Or yourself.  Really, every golfer can enjoy a fun ball marker, I’m just suggesting it as a Father’s Day gift idea, which is where the “man” influence keeps creeping into this post. ;)

Fathers Day Gift Idea: Hand-Stamped Golf Ball Marker at www.happyhourprojects.com

Do you usually make Father’s Day gifts?  Do you have any manly personalized gift ideas?  I’d love to hear it, I think Father’s Day can be tough for us DIY-gifters!

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Comments

  1. Jeannie says

    What font is used on the “Putt” ball marker? Thank you for this delightful post and a nice gift idea!

  2. says

    So cute! My hubby is an avid golfer, so this would be right up his alley!

    I, on the other hand, would be the doofus who would lose her marker on the first hole. It took me FOREVER to figure out that you were supposed to pick up your tee and bring it with you after you teed off. I couldn’t figure out why everyone didn’t have a huge bag of tees with them…. until I ran out. :P
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    • says

      Hahaha – I was corrected on the tees the first time I went. :)

      Ball markers aren’t something you should have to worry about, though – they’re used on the putting green. (I’m only mentioning this so if there ARE people out there making one for a golfer, who don’t know a lot about golf – you know what sort of gift this is.) When more than one person is close to the hole, especially if the balls are near each other, it’s polite to put down a small marker (either a fancy one, or us not-so-fancy-folks just use a coin sometimes). It marks your spot, you get your ball out of the way, and the other person has a clear path to the hole (or at least won’t knock your ball further away). So it’s tough to “lose” since you’re all standing around the hole by the time you use it… though don’t forget to pick it back up!

      These are larger than traditional markers too – and you can definitely go smaller! But big photographs better, and I SO wanted to use my big (6mm) Varsity font on something for my husband! ;)
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