By Noreen Doll.
This Boy Scout stamp ornament, made with a U.S. postage stamp, is special because it commemorates a unique occasion – the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.
Because this is an ornament for young men, and because one of the objects of Scouting is to help them learn to live in the outdoors, I used more rugged materials in making it.
On the front of the ornament, under the stamp, I used a wood grain paper, and on the back I used a bit of an antique map replica.
And I thought twine was more in keeping with the design than ribbon would have been.
I made several of these ornaments to give the men of my family who had attained the rank of Eagle Scout, and to the men and women of a local Scout troop who work so tirelessly with the boys.
What You Need
Boy Scout Postage Stamp
2 Inch Square of Chipboard
Designer or Other Paper for the Front and Back
Twine for hanging
Small Foam Brush
What You Do
1. Cut 2 different squares of designer paper, one each for the front and back of the chipboard square.
2. Remove the sticky material from the back of the postage stamp by sticking it to fabric several times and pulling it off – until the stickiness is mostly gone.
3. Brush a layer of Mod Podge on the back side of the square and add one of the designer paper squares. Apply a coat of Mod Podge over the entire back side, making sure all the edges are glued down.
4. Add one more layer of Mod Podge. Let dry.
5. Turn the square over and apply a square of designer paper to the front the same as you did to the back, and covering it with Mod podge.
6. I turned the square to look like a diamond before I attached the postage stamp.
Brush a coat of Mod Podge on the designer paper on the front of the ornament and immediately add the postage stamp.
Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the top of the postage stamp and all the rest of the front side of the square. Let dry.
7. Add one more layer of Mod Podge to the top side of the Boy Scout Stamp Ornament. Let dry.
8. Punch a hole in the top corner of the square and tie on a short piece of twine for hanging the Boy Scout stamp ornament.
You could use cardboard from cracker or cereal boxes instead of chipboard. Once you’ve applied a couple of layers of Mod Podge to each side, it will be quite sturdy.
If you want it thicker, you can glue 2 or 3 squares of cardboard together.
Use a blow dryer or hair dryer to speed the drying of the Mod Podge.
You can use any postage stamp to make an ornament, and it’s a great gift idea!