How do I reuse...? How to Make Food Packaging Postcards

Published on March 10th, 2017 | by Julie Finn


Make Postcards from Food Packaging

Save those empty cookie and cake mix boxes! Here’s how to make postcards from your empty food boxes. Ones that you can really mail!

How to Make Food Packaging Postcards

If you thought that DIY coloring book page postcards were easy, then you’re in for an even bigger treat, because postcards made from food packaging?

Kind of the easiest thing EVER.

Seriously, you don’t even need a tutorial for this business. All you have to do is grab yourself some cardboard food packaging, the dorkier the better (check out my Funfetti, Friends! I can’t tell my daughter no!):

How to Make Food Packaging Postcards

You’ll notice some of the coloring book pages from my coloring book page postcard tute in this image. It’s super easy to collect all of your ephemera and papers and make a big pile of these postcards at once.

How to Make Postcards from Food Packaging

Cut the postcard to any of the dimensions allowable in the USPS postcard regulations. These regulations call for a postcard height between 3.5″ and 4.25″, and a length between 5″ and 6″. Cardboard food packaging already meets the USPS regulations for postcard thickness.

As long as your postcard stays within these allowable dimensions, you can play a bit with the edges. I like to round the corners (although if you don’t have a corner rounder, which is, I admit, a kind of ridiculous tool to own, it can be tricky to get these rounded corners to look completely even). You can also very lightly scallop the edges of your postcard (check out this postcard of the Grand Canyon to see what that looks like), although be sure that you stay within the allowable dimensions.

How to Make Food Packaging Postcards

As I mentioned in my coloring book page postcard tute, I like to draw a line separating the message of the postcard from the space for the address, and sometimes I like to also draw guidelines for the address and a square for the stamp, just to make it look more balanced. If you have Sharpies or paint pens, you could also embellish the front of your postcard–doesn’t Tony the Tiger want to wear a golden crown on his head?

Save those empty cookie and cake mix boxes! Here's how to make postcards from your empty food boxes. Ones that you can really mail!

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About the Author

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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