I am going postal here at the Magic Bean. With Christmas not far off, here are some great decorations and handmade Christmas gift ideas all with mail on the mind.
Postal Gifts for Kids:
As little ones love posting mail through the post box, here are some great tutorials on making their very own mailbox.
On the blog Twelve Crafts Till Christmas learn how to make this fabric mailbox.
H is for Handmade shares a very differently shaped felt toy mailbox via U Create.
Giver's Log shares this tutorial on making your own fabric mailbox.
Of course once you've got the mailbox, you'll need something to put in it. Lu Bird Baby shares this tutorial to make felt mail.
If you have a baby on your Christmas list, you will love to make these postage stamp printed onesies with A Little Great.
Postal Gifts for Grown-ups:
Make a postal carrier style mail bag with Create Studio.
Or if you have tons of packages to tote to the post office, make yourself this post office bag with Elsie Marley.
You can even recycle your Tyvek mail bags by making this fantastic tote with this tutorial as featured on Etsy's Storque.
Make postage stamp decorated frames with Better Homes and Gardens. A perfect gift for stamp collectors.
These postage stamp brooches from Better Homes and Gardens would make a fun stocking stuffer or small gift.
OK, so this next project is very loosely postal inspired as it is an envelope pillow with stencilling using Freezer Paper. I think this project presented by the ladies at DIY Dish would make a wonderful gift for the holidays. Watch this how-to video:
Download all the templates and more information for this project at the DIY Dish.
Mandy on her blog Mandipidy shares how to make this absolutely gorgeous postage stamp ruffled Christmas stocking.
Give your festival table a postal theme by using vintage post cards as place settings. Project Wedding shows you how.
Inspirational Tips, Techniques and Tutorials shares a fantastic way to create fake postage stamps that you could use on cards, gift tags or in multi-media art. This is especially important because postage stamps are subject to copyright. There are different rules for different countries however, read more about the UK rules at Royal Mail , read about the US rules as USPS and read about the Canadian rules at Canada Post.
If you want to reproduce the look of vintage French postal graphics for use in cards and tags, download this free graphic from Just Something I Made.
That's the end of this post about post. Sorry, I couldn't resist the play on words.