One Dozen Homemade Postcards to Make and Mail

Mail the love, Friends! Whether it’s a piece of original art or an upcycled cupcake box, homemade postcards are a great way to let your loved ones know that you’re thinking of them.

Mail the love, Friends! Whether it's a piece of original art or an upcycled cupcake box, homemade postcards are a great way to let your loved ones know that you're thinking of them.

Need some ideas? Check out these awesome tutes for making homemade postcards, and then go raid the recycling bin!

12 Homemade Postcards

Make a Coloring Book Page Postcard

1. coloring pagesYou generally have to back these with a sturdier cardboard, but adult coloring pages, especially, make wonderful postcard graphics.

2. cyanotypesThese sun prints are also really fun for kids to make!

3. embellished vintage postcardsJust because the postcard is already manufactured doesn’t mean that you can’t add your own magic to it!

4. fabric postcardsEven if you love to sew more than you love to draw, you can still make homemade postcards.

How to Make Food Packaging Postcards

5. food packaging. Food packaging is colorful and fun to trick us into eating food that’s crap for us, but once you’re suckered in, you might as well doubly enjoy yourself by turning that colorful packaging into fun postcards. The junkier the food, the better the postcard!

6. scratch-off. Getting a postcard in the mail is like winning the lottery!

7. original artStart with plain cardboard or bristol board, and create your own artwork for the front of the postcard.

8. postcard kitThis would make a great gift for someone heading off to college, moving out of state, or even a kid going to sleep-away camp.

9. printablesIf you can’t figure out your own art, use these printable postcard templates and just color them in.

10. mixed mediaThis video tute shows you how to make a larger artwork that you can cut down into fabulous and fascinating postcards.

11. splatter paintPeople will never guess how easy these flowers were to make.

12. watercolorWatercolor paint works on most papers that have a tooth, and can add a beautiful background or lovely details.

Written by Julie Finn

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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