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How to Make Your Own Postcards
Use Discarded Boxes to Make Your Own Postcards
Create your own postcards with discarded boxes to make personalized postcards like none other. Recycling is a great way to enjoy things again and again!
I've been doing a little rearranging and Spring cleaning. I am in the pitching mood, which rarely strikes, so I take advantage of it when it does. I had saved a couple of Lego boxes that my grandkids didn't want. They wanted the Legos!
So, I decided I didn't need the Lego boxes either. I was just about to take a Lego farm set box to the recycling dumpster when I glanced at the colorful graphics of the Lego mini-figure farmers, pigs, and cool farm equipment one last time.
Some of the little pictures on the back of the box looked like a perfect postcard size. The light bulb went on! I had to make postcards with these images! Yes, I had to!
Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood
Find a Great Box - Boxes with Great Graphics Make Great Postcards
This Lego box was destined for the dumpster, but luckily I rescued it.
First, find a box with some images you think would make fun postcards. Then find the seam that is glued and loosen it with your fingers or a table knife.
Flatten the box completely so it looks similar to the one shown above.
Use a Postcard as a Template
Supplies for Making Your Own Postcard
Look around and find a postcard you have on hand to use as a template. (Check the fridge or a junk drawer or wherever you put your mail.)
Find an image or words on the box that you want to use as your postcard. Deciding on the image is the fun part!
Lightly trace around the border of the postcard with an ink pen then lift the postcard. If needed use a ruler and pen again to darken the line.
Cut Out the Postcard
Carefully cut out the postcard by cutting along the line. Stay outside the line if needed then clean up the edges later.
As you can see in this photo, I started cutting part of the box to make a postcard. Since this box is heavy, it was sort of hard. I had to clean up the edges after I cut it out completely.
More Supplies to Make Postcards
Adults may want to use an X-acto knife and mat to cut the postcards. X-acto knives are not recommended for use by children.
A fun way to dress up your postcards is to fold decorative Washi tape around the edge of the postcard similar to how bias tape is used on fabric. This decorative element will eliminate any flaws like jagged edges or uneven cuts. And it looks great!
Smallest Size a Postcard Can Be:
3-1/2 inches (88.9 mm) tall X 5 inches (127 mm) long
X 0.007 inches (0.178 mm) thick
Largest Size a Postcard Can Be:
4-1/4 inches (108 mm) tall X 6 inches (152.4 mm) long X 0.016 inches (0.406 mm) thick
Make One of a Kind Postcards
Make Quilted Postcards - A Great Way to Make Memorable, Lasting Quilt That You Can Mail
Send Postcards to Family and Friends
Make someone's day. How? Mail them a postcard!
If you know of an elderly person who seldom gets visitors, sending them a postcard every few weeks or once a month will surely brighten their day.
Kids love to get mail addressed to them.
Mail postcards you've made from food boxes!
Watercolor Postcards - Paint Your Own Postcards
If you are on vacation or home from a trip and want to replicate an amazing sunset, give it a try by painting on these watercolor postcards.
What would be better than making postcards of your memories from vacation?
Then send the postards out! Wait for the oohs and aahs.
Deltiology is what the study and collecting
of postcards is called.
Read More About Postcards - While You Wait to Receive a Postcard in the Mail
- Recent Discussions on PostcardCollector.org - The Vintage Postcard Forum
Postcard collector's community.
- Collecting Postcards
A picture, a message, a stamp, traveling from around the globe or across town to your very doorstep. So simple and yet such a wonder is the postcard. The first postcard I remember receiving arrived the summer after first grade.
- The Top Five Reasons to Collect Postcards
Postcards are estimated to be among the top 3 collectibles in the United States, along with stamps and coins. Do you collect postcards? Collectors are attracted to postcards for many reasons.
Use Your Grocery Boxes to Make Postcards
Use What's on Hand
To keep this easy craft free as well, use the boxes you have on hand. After you empty a cereal box or a box from macaroni and cheese, consider cutting out a postcard then recycling the rest of the box.
I mail these postcards to family and friends who will get a hoot out of them!
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