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So I've recently decided to do a purge and clean around the house. Every so often, I get the urge to declutter and go on this whirlwind clean and purge of the house.
During one of my latest rampages through the house I stumbled across my box of childhood collections. Pen-pal letters, Tazos, Star Wars Cards, Pokemon Cards, figurines, postage stamps and so much more.
After my trip down memory lane, I was trying to decided what to do with this box of treasures.
Most things I decided would go back into the memory box, but I wanted to do something with all the excess postage stamps.
So I started researching ways to recycle, reuse, repurpose all these old postage stamps. I didn't want to keep storing boxes of old stamps but I couldn't bring myself to dumping them.
I thought of selling them on eBay or Etsy but I decided to see if I could find a use for them first. What ever was left over after that will probably get listed for sale.
Here are the ideas that I found to reuse my old postage stamps.
Here's how to recycle, repurpose and reuse old postage stamps. Get creative and give old postage stamps some new life with these twenty creative ideas
Remove the backing paper from the stamps and glue them into your scrapbooking pages for a travel theme or snail mail memories theme.
Decorate traveling plans in your planner with postage stamps. Nothing says travellers notebook like stamps from foreign countries.
Postage Stamp Nail Art
Cut out and adhere parts of a stamp to create pretty designs on your nails. Then add a clear coat over the top and you have some pretty unique nails.
Postage Stamp Wall Art Collages
Create a collage of your stamps and frame them to create postage inspired / collectors display for your gallery wall.
Need some inspiration? Check out the Postage Stamp Wall Art on Etsy.
Over Sized Wall Art / Prints
Scan your favourite Stamp and have it printed at a larger size for an over-sized statement piece to hang on your wall.
Buntings / Garlands
Stitch together a string of postage stamps to use as decoration for a cake or use in scrapbooking / paper craft projects. If you have plenty you could make a stamp garland to decorate your christmas tree this year.
Create resin necklace pendants, earrings, bracelets etc for the quirky jewellery lovers.
Grab some of that self adhesive magnet paper from your nearest craft supply store, cut and adhere and there you have some awesome postage stamp fridge magnets. Or use up some of that resin left over from making the resin jewellery like these postage stamp magnets.
If you have enough stamps you could decorate tables, desks, chairs or the drawers of a dresser.
Decoupage Storage Boxes
This one is old school, I remember making decoupage storage boxes from old magazines up at the farm of my grandparents.
Create your christmas gift tags this year with recycled postage stamps.
Are you old school backpack badge collector? Create some one of a kind badges to add a little unique edge to your collection.
Tea lovers and coffee addicts this ones for you. Grab yourself some coasters and some glue, recycle those stamps and protect your surfaces from your favourite hot cuppa.
And what goes well with tea and coffee? Books of course. Get some cardstock, glue and stamps. Easy and useful. You could even recycle the cardstock from cereal and biscuit boxes to make it even more eco friendly.
Wine Glass Charms / Drink Identifiers
Similar to the necklace pendents and fridge magnets with a little metal frame some old stamps and resin you will have some stylish little drink identifiers.
Decoupage A Clock Face
Grab an old clock from the vintage shop and give it a makeover. Collage the face of the clock with postage stamps.
Christmas Tree Ornaments
Get creative with your christmas decorations this year and make recycling your christmas tree theme.
Decorate Your Notebooks
Glue old postage stamps to your notebook cover. A postage stamp cover on a travellers notebook insert would be ideal for this project.
Christmas / Birthday Cards
Make your own christmas and birthday cards with old postage stamps.
Make Planner / Midori / Fauxdori Planner Cover
Create the actual planner cover using stamps as the cover design.
I found so many cool ideas for my bags and boxes full of old stamps I may have a few weekends worth of projects to keep me busy.
The great thing about the above mentioned ideas is that many of them can be turned into a home based / handmade side business.
You can get started to day selling your handmade crafts on Etsy by creating your etsy shop and listing your first item. This is a great place to start if you aren't sure yet what products will sell or what type of product you want to focus on.
If you are interested in starting a handmade side hustle a good place to start would be opening an Etsy shop. While I encourage people to get their own site, Etsy is a great place to start and test the waters with your products.
When you are ready to really build your handmade business I recommend getting your own site. Buy your domain as early as possible to secure your brand name.
However if you are serious about creating your handmade business you should read my post about starting your blog + Biz with shopify. I highly encourage you to establish your own website and build up your brand as early as possible.