Sure, it's the first week of school but that doesn't mean kids still can't get crafty. If you're wondering what to do with snail-mail stamps, why not use a few to create some framable wall art instead of throwing them away or collecting them in albums? I found the craft in "Martha Stewart's Favorite Crafts for Kids: 175 Projects for Kids of All Ages to Create, Build, Design, Explore and Share" (Potter Craft; $24.99).
Framed Stamp Art
What you'll need
- Canceled postage stamps
- Paper towels
- Art paper
- Crayons or markers
- White craft glue or permanent glue stick
- Heavy book
How to make it
1. Decide on the design you want to create: Let the color or motifs of the stamps inspire you.
2. Arrange stamps according to your design, trimming them as necessary. Complete design with crayons, markers and paint, as desired.
3. Glue the stamps in place, then put a heavy book on your artwork for an hour to help the stamps adhere and get the picture to dry flat.
4. Frame artwork, trimming as necessary.
Buy inexpensive packages of canceled stamps from hobby shops and online dealers, or collect envelopes that have come in the mail. (To remove stamp, cut away the envelope and soak in lukewarm water for 10 minutes, or until the stamp floats off. Blot dry with paper towels.)