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« on: September 21, 2004 06:29:47 PM »

I had a huge stamp collection (none which were worth anything) and was getting bored with just looking at it.  I decided to put it to good use and created this tea tin with it!  I bought a plain tin bucket at Michaels for about $5, and also some Mod Podge and a brush.  Then I went to work putting the stamps all over the tin.  I use it for storing tea bags.  Hope you like it!



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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2004 06:59:06 PM »

I LOVE IT!!
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2004 07:46:01 PM »

it would be great to store letters or stationery too!
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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2004 06:46:07 AM »

That looks wonderful!  I have an old stamp collection in a closet somewhere myself, and this is a great way to actually enjoy them.

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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2004 12:46:15 PM »

It's really cool!
Love it!
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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2004 11:44:00 PM »

Soo pretty and personal!
I like it a lot.
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« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2004 08:18:08 AM »

Nicely done.

I, too, have a vast no-real value stamp collection.  I am trying to decide to continue to add to it  or go nuts with some mod podge.


( I have been jokingly toying with mod-podging the stamps to a toilet seat and then varnishing it.  Do you think it will hold up?)
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« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2004 04:48:26 PM »

A postage stamp toilet seat is a great idea!  I think if you coat it with enough Mod Podge and varnish it will be just fine in the moist environment of your bathroom.  I would recoat it with varnish every few years since it will be seeing lots of sitting action  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2004 12:28:17 PM »

Funktastic!  I have some boring cheap metal tea & coffee canisters, this is perfect.  Thanks  Wink
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« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2004 12:25:26 PM »

Grin  I too have stamps, but they are all the self stick kind.  What is the best way to remove them from the envelope and not ruin them?  Your tea tin is fantastic!!
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« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2004 03:20:54 PM »

I had a really hard time removing self stick stamps, so I actually didn't use too many on my tin.  They would always rip and separate when I tried to remove them from envelopes.  So I don't really have any tips on how to remove them.  I guess I would say just stick to the lickable stamps, as they come off of envelopes very easily.
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« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2004 04:11:50 PM »

Do they not just soak off, like regular stamps?
I wouldn't know, my stamp collecting days were waaaay before self-stick stamps came in!
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« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2004 04:22:15 PM »

Couldn't you just leave them attached to the envelope, but cut off the excess paper? They'd still stick with mod podge.
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« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2004 06:38:16 AM »

I imagine you might be able to cut the paper around the stamp, and then at the very least you could peel off one layer of the paper, you know?  So there would still be some paper attached, but just a very thin piece.

Melinda (also stopped collecting before self-stick stamps)
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« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2004 07:46:33 AM »

Yeah, when I did use the self stick stamps I just cut them out from the envelope and Mod Podged them on.  They just look a little sloppy around the edges when you do it that way.
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« Reply #15 on: October 07, 2004 08:59:49 AM »

Maybe if you were super-patient you could get those cheap scissors that cut in patterns (like for scrapbooking or card making) -- I know there is one that cuts in a "stamp-edge" pattern.  I mean, if you wanted to be a stickler and had a lot of patience to cut the paper so that it *looked* like stamp-edge.

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« Reply #16 on: October 07, 2004 06:16:48 PM »

Thats a great idea, it would certainly finish the edges better!
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« Reply #17 on: October 08, 2004 03:39:11 PM »

I LOVE IT
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« Reply #18 on: October 08, 2004 09:15:06 PM »

Wonderful Smiley! It's funky. I wish I had stuff like that kicking around.
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« Reply #19 on: October 09, 2004 07:29:12 AM »

Heh heh, I've done it!  Have been saving stamps off letters (people BUY stamp collections? I don't understand...) for ages, just KNOWING I'd find a use for them one day - I save many things, it drives my DH nuts  Grin  Had a dish of hot water and even the self-stick ones soaked off in a minute or so.  Very easy.
Lucky I have family all over the world so a nice variety  Smiley  Only had enough for one tea canister, but hey, Christmas is coming, just think of all those cards!  Shocked

Right, off goes I to varnish the tin before they all fall off  Undecided
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« Reply #20 on: October 11, 2004 10:04:59 AM »

No-value stamp collectors of the world unite!
Brilliant tea tin.
Does anyone else remember buying bags of value-less stamps from Pier One back when it smelled like a cheap opium den?
It was a big treat when I was little.
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« Reply #21 on: October 16, 2004 06:01:56 AM »

That is so amazing! Makes me wish I had a stamp collection to waste.
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« Reply #22 on: October 16, 2004 09:30:31 AM »

From a current stamp collector, removing the paper and glue from the back of self-stick stamps can be done in the same way as regular stamps, by soaking them in water - only difference is you need to use hotter water and probably soak them a little longer, about 2 minutes.

We use lots of our excess stamps in the same way to cover tins, boxes, mirrors, frames etc. It's really neat when you can give people a whole set of matching tins and stuff.

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« Reply #23 on: October 19, 2004 07:17:10 AM »

very nice. =]
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« Reply #24 on: January 23, 2005 10:30:18 PM »

Way Cool Idea. I also saw an end table I think is was that some one glued
all kinds of world stamps on and varnished over top of. I've been toying around
with the idea of doing this to the top of wooden boxes. This kind of project has this kind of world traveling jet-setter kind of look. But alass, I don't have as many world stamps as I thought I had. Dose anyone know any sorces other than e-bay to get packs of stamps from around the world?
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« Reply #25 on: January 25, 2005 08:10:25 PM »

I have actually seen packages of random stamps you can buy at Michaels, but that was like a year ago.  I remember they came in a red cloth bag and you got 300 for $2.99, or something.  So I would recommend checking your local craft store, like A.C. Moore, for bunches of stamps.  The only reason I had so many different ones was because my dad works for a company that does business with clients all over the world.  He saved the stamps from back in the day when email wasn't used as much yet.
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« Reply #26 on: January 27, 2005 09:06:05 PM »

I have actually seen packages of random stamps you can buy at Michaels, but that was like a year ago.  I remember they came in a red cloth bag and you got 300 for $2.99, or something.  So I would recommend checking your local craft store, like A.C. Moore, for bunches of stamps.  The only reason I had so many different ones was because my dad works for a company that does business with clients all over the world.  He saved the stamps from back in the day when email wasn't used as much yet.

LOL, the old snail mail days. I am fortunate to have to pass both Michael's and A C Moore on my way to and from work so, I will check there. Were they in with the scrap booking stuff or the kids section?

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« Reply #27 on: January 31, 2005 04:47:48 PM »

I love the tin. I knew there was a subconcious reason for me saving stamps from my job now I just have to find the patience to remove them from the envelopes...lol
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« Reply #28 on: January 31, 2005 05:08:15 PM »

 Grin I have an update to my search for used postage stamps. The Michael's in Dover Delaware has packs of I think 600 used stamps for somthing like seven bucks. They have two diffrent packs, one is chuck full of international stamps and the other is all United States stamps. I am sure that if Michael's in Dover has them that other locations will have them as well. And for all you Duct Tape crafters out there, they also have a varity of the colored duck tape at somthing like three bucks a roll, cheaper than Wal-mart.
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« Reply #29 on: January 31, 2005 11:25:34 PM »

I did it!!!! I did it!!!!!!!!! I searched through my closset to find what was left of my old stamp collection and put to gather a stamp box. I used a tresure chest shaped paper mache box, painted it with acrylic paint, used regular white glue to glue the stamps on than threw on 2 coats of verathane by flecto. And this is what I came up with.



In case your wondering, I used a base coat of antique white paint and used and old toothbrush and some watterdown black paint to add the specs.

I can't wait untill I have more money to get the stuff to make more. I also found a great web site for getting stuff to do these kinds of crafts, it's
http://mantofev.com
This site has all kinds of nifty stuff
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