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.
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…
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.
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!
I used a small brown envelope with the flap glued down, but you could make your own using a small template like 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.