Ordering Custom Postage Stamps

Dexter Postage Stamp image by Paula K. Parker

Wedding invitations, birth announcements and graduation announcements are just a few of the special occasions where a simple postage stamp just won’t do. Turn your wedding photo, baby’s picture or senior picture into custom postage stamps for an extra special memory. These stamps can also be designed with a business logo, college emblem, NASCAR or whatever image reflects you or your business. Custom postage stamps are recognized by the U. S. Postal Service and can be ordered in different postal values, from post cards to large packages.


Step 1

Take a picture of whatever you want for the customized postage stamps. Try to fill the entire picture frame with the object. Take several pictures from different angles, so you can select and work with the best one.

Step 2

Download one of the photo editing programs from the Custom Postage page on the United States Postal Service website (see Resources). If you have a photo editing program--like Micorsoft PictureIt or Microsoft Office Picture Manager--you don't need to download this program.

Step 3

Upload the pictures you took and select the one you want to customize. Edit the picture by rotating, cropping, zooming in or out or any other the other features in the program. Save all the photos that you took until you are completely finished; these photo editing programs allow you to cut and paste bits from photographs together to create a completely new picture. When you are satisfied with the picture, save it as a JPEG.

Step 4

Go to the United States Postal Service website. Click "All Products and Services" and under the A-D category, select "Customized Postage." This will open a webpage displaying the 4 different companies--PictureItPostage, PhotoStamps, Stamp Expressions Personal Postage and Zazzle--you can use to create the postage stamp. Each company has different features; some offer images including NASCAR, Disney, NFL teams or colleges in addition to creating a stamp from a picture. The cost for the stamps will be the same for all 4 companies; the only difference will be the shipping costs and times.

Step 5

Select the company you want and upload the saved picture. It will appear in a stamp template so adjust the picture to fit. You can click and drag the image to center it, zoom in or out and create a border. Some of the programs allow you to insert text. When you are finished with the picture, click "Continue," which will take you to the order page.

Step 6

Order the type and number of stamps you want. They will come in sheets of 20 stamps and the price decreases for larger orders. The United States Postal Service will require a credit card for ordering custom postage stamps.

Tips and Warnings

The finished stamps are 1.9 x 1.4 inches. The photo area is 1.1 x 1.1 inches. You are not committed to purchasing the stamps until you place the order, so experiment with each of these companies before ordering your stamps to see which one makes your pictures look best.

Things You'll Need

Digital camera, Photo editing software

About this Author

After attending Hardin Simmons University, Kay Dean finished her formal education with the Institute of Children's Literature. Since 1995, Dean has written more than 2,000 articles for publications, including "PB&J," Disney’s "Family Fun," "ParentLife," "Living With Teenagers" and Thomas Nelson’s New York Times best-selling "Resolve." After 17 years of homeschooling her five children, Dean discovered that motherhood doesn’t stop with an empty nest.

Photo by: Paula K. Parker

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