Make Your Own Postcards

In these days of email and instant messaging, people often forget how nice it is to receive a letter or card in the mail. Communicating the old fashion way adds a personal touch to things, your handwriting for example. If you want to make a postcard 100% your own, why not make your own?

Materials required:

  • Poster board
  • Pictures or artwork
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue

In this case I’ll be making postcards from standard 4″×6″ photograph prints and a 22″×28″ piece of poster board.

Step 1: On the poster board, using the ruler draw a grid with 4″×6″ cells.

grid on poster board

The grey areas can be discarded or recycled.

Step 2: Cut along the lines, when you are done you should have 20 4″×6″ rectangles.

4"×6" piece

A single 4″×6″ cut-out.

Step 3: Paste your photograph onto the side of the paper with the grid lines.

Make sure to evenly spread out the picture, and smooth away any lumps.

Step 4: On the back of your postcard, write your message on the left and the addresses on the right. Save space at the top-right for the postage.
Step 5: Once you’re done making all the postcards you need, send them to your friends, family and penpals!

Notes: The maximum size for a postcard is 4¼”×6″. It must be rectangular (square sounds technically safe, too), and no smaller than 3½×5″.

While I am aware that it would be easier just to print photos onto premade postcard photo paper, I still think that seeing how this looks handmade adds a little bit of human essence to it that premade photopaper lacks. I need to work on my penmanship and cutting skills (and spelling, see “Contry”), all-in-all I think I’ll really send some of these out one day. I think would be happy to receive one.

11 thoughts on “Make Your Own Postcards

  1. I never thought of making my own postcards, sounds fun and simple…also adds a personal touch!

  2. Wow. When I write letters to someone special I always try to make greeting cards and give them nice look. I draw flowers and pictures on the greeting card and them put is in the envelope. I never thought of sending my own made post card. This is a great and simple way to it. Nice post.

  3. I would have never thought of this. Personalizing it makes it so much more special. Thank you!

  4. I was killing my brain trying to figure out what to make a tutorial about. I kept telling my friends and family over the weekend to give me ideas, but they were no help at all. I said to myself, this is sad. I’ve come to realize I have no artistic abilities at all. I can’t make crap. Definitely a good creation. My nieces love arts and crafts and I’m always looking for new things to try with them. Stealing this one. Thanks!

  5. I really like this one. My cousins love collecting post cards, maybe i ll send her a home made/personalized one. hopefully it will make it to her collection stash

  6. cool, easy approach to an effective way to communicate and when you want to mail a postcard you can use your own ideas…

  7. I always prefer the personal touch, there is something about a person taking their time to do something for you.

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