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Level: ECE, Primary, Junior
Grades: PreK - Gr. 5 | Age: 2-11yrs | Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
[Andrea is one of the creators of]

Looking for something to do with all of those canceled postage stamps that are piling up in your desk drawer? If you don't collect them, why not create with them?

What You Need:
What You Do:

  1. Glue a few handfuls of canceled stamps all over the jar or box (don't forget the lid).

  2. Apply the glue with an old paintbrush, making sure to brush a layer on top of the stamps to prevent them from peeling away.

  3. If you wish - paint the remaining area of the box or jar with whichever colours of paint you choose.

  4. Finally, when your work is dry, add a light coating of water-based sealer or hair spray to protect your work.

Did You Know

Philately [fila-telly] is a really fun word which is used to describe the hobby of stamp collecting. If you are a stamp collector, you don't have to worry about gaining weight from your hobby. The United States Postal Service tells us that because there is no more than one-tenth of a calorie's worth of glue on every stamp, you will not put on the pounds as a result of licking and sticking them.

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