12/03/08
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If you haven’t noticed, I am completely obsessed with the gift wrapping tutorial guest posts from Laura of Lupin. Here’s another one for you to enjoy. And as always, please make sure you check out the Lupin shop and Laura’s blog.

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If you’re attracted to the “brown paper packages tied up with string” look because you yearn for an old-fashioned Christmas, you can add an extra special retro feel to your parcels with some vintage stamps…

The simplest option, as always, is just to decorate your tags – you could use luggage tags or make your own like I did by sticking brown paper to scrap pieces of card:

A single special stamp (I adore those little birds!) can be enough for a smaller parcel, but for larger tags try repeating the same stamp or using matching sets.

For some real crafty fun though, transform your plain brown paper package into a vintage-looking parcel:

Essential ingredients of this look are:
- lots of stamps, with added postmarks
- a piece of string, the older and more well used the better
- and a nice fake Agatha Christie style address written with a fountain pen. All your friends can be Lords, Ladies, Colonels, Majors, etc living in an assortment of invented English villages!

When you wrap your parcel, use double-sided tape if you can to give the illusion that it is the string alone which is holding your parcel together:

You can easily scale down this idea and make fake letter tags instead:

I used a small brown envelope with the flap glued down, but you could make your own using a small template likeĀ this one.

I’m a total stamp nerd so I had plenty of stamps on hand for this project, but you should be able to pick up a mixed bag of stamps pretty cheaply or you could just be very nice to any stamp collectors you know! (they usually have an abundance of Christmas stamps simply because of the sheer volume of Christmas cards people send).

Oh, and whatever you do don’t try and actually post your parcels! Not without wrapping them in another layer and putting valid stamps on them first, anyway

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LOVE THIS!!!! and it totally works with my “theme” this year!! thanks!

Jenny Kellerhals commented on December 3rd, 2008 at 12:33 pm

Too fabulous for words. Totally stealing this idea!

Kelly commented on December 3rd, 2008 at 2:54 pm

Oh…your stamp collection is loverly!!!

Lauriewis commented on December 5th, 2008 at 1:43 am

Eee — I love this!

Steppie commented on December 6th, 2008 at 12:06 am

OOoh!
I found stamps last month and thought of this idea too!

Great minds. ;)

Winnie commented on December 10th, 2008 at 5:13 am

Oh my, this is such a great idea. Takes me back to my old days of stamp collecting :)

Rebecca commented on December 12th, 2008 at 2:34 am

Kentshire???

Somersetshire I can just about understand – although Somerset hasn’t been called that since the late 19th century, but Kentshire??

But I did love the Brinkley Court – a touch of Wodehouse, I presume?

Gorgeous wrapping, by the way – I just wish I had some vintage stamps.

Bobbie commented on December 13th, 2008 at 4:13 pm

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22+ Ways to Make Your Christmas a DIY Christmas! - SoDevious.Net commented on December 19th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

I love this. I’ve been collecting stamps since I was a kid

Ron commented on April 10th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

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