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Who doesn’t love receiving a parcel in the post? Here’s how you
can craft your own for some Christmas mail magic.
photographed by ian macpherson
styled by jenny lacey
Christmas is the busiest time of year for the post office. And for most of us, there’s nothing quite like receiving a fat, brown paper parcel stuck over with airmail stamps and tied with string. This year, why not make your own? Recycle old stamps from letters, or buy a few of the beautifully designed ones available. It’s a fun craft activity to do with the kids and it will make your gifts extra exciting.
A. RED TWINE
Brown paper packages just aren’t the real thing unless they’re tied up with string.
Twine in a Box, A$7.95, kikki-K
B. MAILING LABELS
A clever way to address your gift. Letterpress-printed Mailing Labels,
stylist’s own, Lunalux
C. VINTAGE LABELS
Even better, hunt down some old fashioned labels for a touch of old world charm.
Assorted Vintage Labels, US$13.50, Amazon
D. HOLIDAY STAMPS
Littlies will love choosing their favourites and sticking them all over the parcel.
Try stamp collectors and post offices for your material. Holiday postage stamps,
stylist’s own, UPS
E. LOVE MAIL STICKERS
This booklet is chock-full of sticker stamps and postmarks to lend a touch of authenticity. Love Mail Stickers, A$19.95, kikki-K
F. CHRISTMAS STAMPS
These attractive foam stamps make a festive furbelow. Foam Christmas Stamps Set, A$20, Tres Divin
G. COLOURED TWINE
Spice up your pressie with some coloured twine. Twine Sampler Pack
(whole set not shown), US$14.95, The Twinery
H. INK PAD
Take turns being the Postmaster with this great ink stamp set. Archival Pigment
ink pad, A$19.95, Tres Divin
I. AIR MAIL GIFT TAGS
These air mail gift tags lend an air of adventure and intrigue. Christmas Letter tags, stylist’s own, Phoenix Trading
J. POSTAL STAMP TAGS
Deliver the final touch with an old-fashioned post tag. Postal stamp tags,
A$1.50 each, Tres Divin
K. BROWN PAPER
Simple, cheap and filled with promise. Brown paper, A$7 per roll, Tres Divin