September 27, 2013

DIY Postcard Inspiration

I love mail, and I don’t really know of anyone who doesn’t receiving mail. I especially love it where I live now because the mailman walks around the neighborhood to deliver the mail to your door… it’s so cute!
I have gotten some great postcards recently from different friends and they just make my day, so now it is my turn to return the gesture.

Here are some ideas and guidelines to follow when making your own postcard!

The best part about homemade postcards is you can use materials you have lying around. I used: film camera photos & film strips, anthropologie & free people catalogs, metallic sharpie, paint pens, card stock, index cards, scissors, glue and mod podge. 
1. White on Kraft Paper: I love how classic this can look. For this card I just used thick kraft paper (almost like cardboard) and a white paint pen.

 2. Quote on Nature Photo: Use a photo you took with a disposable camera or even tear out a nature photo from your favorite magazine. I slapped on a quote with a white paint pen.

 3. Geometric Collage: I cut out many pages of my anthropologie magazine and made geometric shapes to glue to an index card and then traced the shapes with metallic sharpie.

 5. Film Strip Card: I first glued down the film strip and then mod podged over the entire card so they wouldn’t bend in the mail. I finished it off with a classic postcard quote.

Always Remember:
-postcards must be at least 3-1/2 inches high x 5 inches long x .007 inch thick (like an index card thickness)
-Must be a rectangle
-No more than 4-1/4 inches high x 6 inches long x .016 inch thick. If postcard exceeds these dimensions, it is priced as a letter.
-First-class gives you the best deal on mailing your postcard
-If your postcard is less than .007 inches thick it may be too flimsy and get ruined in the mail.
-Don’t forget your stamp!

These postcards would be great for sending out around holidays, birthdays or just any day to tell someone you are thankful for them being in your life. Wouldn’t life be more enjoyable if we sent out more snail mail? I think I need a pen pal..

*postcard regulations originally from modern postcard  & usps

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  1. Anonymous September 27, 2013 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    These are so gorgeous, I've never used paint pens before but I really like the way they look. I especially love your quote on a nature photo 🙂 I've started writing to my friend now that we don't live together anymore, and it is so nice to recieve mail xx

  2. Makenzie Mitchell September 28, 2013 at 5:27 am - Reply

    So awesome! I love this idea Courtney!

  3. Leen Philips September 28, 2013 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    Really awesome postcards!

  4. Isabella Deguzman September 28, 2013 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    i love this

  5. Courtenay Coleman September 30, 2013 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Postcards are my favorite! If you are actually looking for a pen pal, I'll do it! 🙂 – Court |

  6. birdy October 1, 2013 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    LOVE LOVE LOVE sending and receiving mail! I've recently distanced myself from facebook which has resulted in pen pals and I couldn't love it more! Did I mention that I love mail yet? 🙂

    All your post cards are adorable! I've recently started to make my own note cards and little surprises for my friends mailboxes as well. Your blog is inspiring and your creativity and joy is contagious!


  7. gemma April 9, 2014 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    love this, I should make some postcards too this summer

  8. alim.grid March 24, 2016 at 1:57 am - Reply

    So personal…who wouldn't like getting one of these ♡

  9. alim.grid March 24, 2016 at 1:57 am - Reply

    So personal…who wouldn't like getting one of these ♡

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