Thursday, 4 August 2011

Going Postal Bracelet

Julie Kirk at Notes on Paper is currently running 'Going Postal' - a mail themed blogging extravaganza, with giveaways, lots of inspiring blog posts, and the chance to join in by writing your own post which Julie can link to a Pinterest board. So here's me joining in!

I bought a bumper pack of worldwide postage stamps from Ebay a couple of years ago, and have been working my way through it by adding the odd few to cards, scrapbook layouts, or altered art projects. I wanted to do something different with them this time, so I opted for a bracelet, for some philatelist ornamentation (!):

It's very basic, as my crafting time is limited right now, but if you would like to make your own here's what I did:

1. Cut a 1.5" deep strip off the bottom of an old cardboard tube, from inside a kitchen paper roll or similar. Cut a slit up one side - it will automatically open to be a larger gap:

2. Using PVA glue, slightly watered down (mod-podge or acrylic gel medium would work too), coat the outside of the cardboard tube with stamps, overlapping them so there's no cardboard showing through. Put the PVA on the back and the front of the stamps, smoothing them down as you go so there's no bubbles and to make sure the edges are coated. I folded some over the sides of the cardboard tube, and left some showing whole so that you can see the edging to the stamp.

3. Once the cardboard is all covered, leave it to dry, holding it in shape with something (I used tools that were within reach!):

4. Once the PVA was dry, I then put on a coat of sparkle mod-podge to give it a nice glittery finish (you could just use plain mod-podge or more PVA if you're not a glitter lover!):

5. And I left it to dry again in the same position as before.

That's it, ready to wear! You could maybe go fancy by painting the inside to give it a more finished look, or even lining it with felt to make it softer. My bracelet seems to be holding it's shape perfectly - the gap is big enough to push the bangle onto my wrist but small enough for it to stay on - the PVA and modge-podge stiffened the tube. But if yours needs help staying on your wrist you could attach ribbons to tie the gap together.

And then wear your stamps with philatelist pride:

I was also inspired by another blogger's idea for the theme - Kirsty Neale's post on DIY deco tape using security envelopes. You can see her post here. I've been making some of my own from envelopes I'd been collecting for their funky patterns:

I haven't used them on any projects yet but I'm itching to! I'm glad I have them cut and ready to use when called for. Have you looked inside the envelopes your bills arrive in? If not, check out the next one - free, funky, patterned paper is always a plus!



Julie Kirk said...

Great project, a good way to get to see your stamp collection more often!

Thanks for taking time to join in with such a nice post.

You're now safely pinned to the Going Postal board here:

Julie :-)

Lea said...

Love the bracelet! But oh no, now I won't be able to throw out envelopes. Since I've started blogging I hold onto so many things... bubble wrap, tissue paper, paper bags, cardboard, wrapping paper, random items of this and that, and now evelopes!!!

Bubbles said...

Great project! the close-up photo is brilliant - you can really see how much you've put into this, and I love the glittery effect - it's a shimmer rather than an 'in-your-face' sparkle overload :)

Maria Ontiveros said...

Love this - what a great idea.

Sian said...

I love this Jennifer (and I'm admiring the away you have made a bit of time for some crafting in the midst of all the excitement!)

Rachel Brett said...

Fab ideas Jen, I'm going to be checking all of my envelopes from now on! x

Denise said...

Great idea,you could apply it to loads of things too couldn't you?

Anne said...

This is great. What a clever idea.

Kirsty said...

Such a good idea, Jennifer, and the end result is lovely. I had no idea Mod Podge would stiffen a cardboard tube so well. Information now safely squirreled away in my brain for future use!

Am so pleased you had a go at the deco tape too, especially as it's given you a way to use up your envelopes, rather than starting off a brand new collection (which could be fatal...). Am now very intrigued to see how you use the strips. :)

Alison said...

How clever of you...especially given that you have a new babe in the house too!
Alison xx

Amanda said...

Thank you for your lovely comment I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with your pin stamp now.

Love your stamp project and I've never seen sparkle mod podge :)

Louise said...

I saw your bracelet on Julies pinterest, a great way to use up some stamps!

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