Inviting Inspiration: Vintage Postage Stamps

Vintage Postage Stamps

I have here an envelope.

Vintage Postage Stamps

Inside this envelope are a bunch of old postage stamps.  Each one is valued at 5 cents.

Vintage Postage Stamps

Each one is from Canada.  And I’m assuming most of them date from the late 1950s through the 1960s.

Vintage Postage Stamps

Vintage Postage Stamps

Vintage Postage Stamps

Vintage Postage Stamps

I want to do something awesome with them, so maybe you can help me come up with some ideas.  I’ve seen a lot of things on the internet that are postage-stamp inspired, but the three most common projects that seem to turn up using the actual stamps themselves are these:

I’m not that into découpage, but this stamped table is intriguing (though I don’t have a small table at the moment).

Vintage Postage Stamps

This postage stamp monogram is also interesting, and the Pie and I do share the same first initial (heck, I could probably do ALL of the Pie’s initials with the amount of stamps I have — and he has two middle names).

Vintage Postage Stamps

I also really like the collage of postage stamps, framed and based on colour.  Though I feel like this might be better suited for a collection of stamps from all over the world, or one where I don’t have so many stamps of the same design.  But we shall see.

Vintage Postage Stamps

This one is my particular favourite, from 1956.  I kind of want to blow this one up to poster size and frame it.

Vintage Postage Stamps

Vintage Postage Stamps

Please let me know if you have any ideas!

Author: allythebell

A corgi. A small boy. A sense of adventure. Chaos ensues.

9 thoughts on “Inviting Inspiration: Vintage Postage Stamps”

  1. LOVE the stamps. I have a couple of ideas. One idea might be to find a jewelry box or any type of wood box and decoupage the stamps on to it! Or do the same to a hard case piece of small luggage or perhaps around the frame of a mirror. Have fun!

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  2. Bet you’ve already thought of all of these, but here goes:

    You could get some resin and make stamp charms for jewelry, key chains, what-have-you.

    Lampshade or two? Something like the table idea. Or do the inside of a glass vase ’cause it would look cool, but I guess you couldn’t put water in it after. Maybe even a serving platter if you can get the stamps to sit and stay pretty under a food-safe glaze?

    Or you could do a mail box / mail hanger for inside the door, you know what I mean? Those things you use to store something you need to mail the next day so you can grab it on the way out or those bills-holder type things? My grandma had one but I don’t know what they’re called.

    I suppose you could even make a challenging jigsaw if you did the stamps in a collage on a board and then cut the pieces all puzzle-wise. But do people even do puzzles anymore?

    And just looking at google images… The clock and the handbag at goodnightlittlespoon (http://www.goodnightlittlespoon.com/2011/02/stamp-craft.html) are awesome. I would love to have a bag like that, though I’m not sure it’d be very resilient.

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  3. I think it is 59 cents to send a letter now. These are uncancelled stamps. Wouldn’t it be fabulous to send a letter to a friend with 12 of these stamps as the postage? The envelope would be very impressive.

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    1. That’s an idea, but I doubt any of these is rare or valuable. My great grandfather had a stamp collection and these are from him, so I’m assuming that they are the ones that weren’t good enough to go in his book.

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