Create with stamps
Stamps can tell a story. Do you have a box or bag of old canceled stamps? Pick a theme and make something pretty from them. These pictures were made for special people in our lives based on their interests. Simply collect stamps from your mail or go through a stash that a parent, grandparent or distant aunt or uncle may have collected. We had boxes full that are pretty but not really worth anything.
Look at your stamps and determine a theme or color combination that is pleasing to you. Anything works! You will see Christmas, Texas and American flags in the pictures below. We have also made a heart shaped pattern with love stamps.
After picking out your stamps, carefully soak them in a small container of water until the paper from the envelope loosens. Remove the paper and place the wet stamp on a piece of wax paper to dry. Tweezers will help you handle the wet stamps more easily.
Once you have removed the old paper from the the stamps, arrange them any way you like. It is fun to play with different designs and arrangements. If you want to frame the stamps and make a picture, you can get a piece of mat board from your craft or art store. Once you find a pleasing design, put a small dot of glue on the back of each stamp to secure it. The picture can then be mounted and framed and you will have a unique piece of art to decorate your home or give as a personal gift.
A collection of Christmas stamps makes an interesting and unique decoration.
Red background with light gray matting let the stamps be the star!
Vary the composition of vertical and horizontal scenes.
Here is one for a Texan who is proud of his heritage. White background and rich chocolate matting is perfect for an office setting.
Up close Texas stamps
For the patriot, a picture of American Flags. The background is white and the blue matting is cut in the shape of of the stars and stripes.
Your stamp pictures can be as unique as the collection you find. There are beautiful flowers, Love stamps for Valentines, a wedding or a special person. You could collect stamps from a particular year to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. The themes are almost endless.
Stamp pictures can be made by just about anyone. It is fascinating for adults and fun for kids. So collect some stamps, have some fun, and make a one of a kind picture or two!