DIY Vintage Printer’s Blocks


Now I love the look of battered and worn vintage printers and letterpress blocks. The trend of displaying these letters as decorations, spelling out words on tables and mantelpieces still prevails – but wouldn’t it be great to put them to use?

I found a great home made DIY project to take these letters and make them into usable stamps once more! Once made, these are such great things to have around the house for those occasions where you just need a little extra something on a package or card – or to add a personal touch to your own business cards.

You can find old printers blocks at pretty much any antique shop or Ebay or you can by them simply from Pedlars who have a large collection. Read more here at The Upcycler for full instructions – who suggests attaching the found blocks to bobbins or wooden hand stamps, but if you don’t have any of those to hand and are lazy like me, I would go for anything washable with a flat surface.




Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at

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