How to Make a Homemade Postcard

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There is something quite special about receiving a homemade postcard from somebody you love. It is a quality that exceeds Facebook posts and tweets and is something personal to both the recipient and sender.

Now, you must be asking why you would want to spend your time making postcards when you could just buy one from a shop nearby. But, the personal touch, the ease to make them and the cost effectiveness of making and sending, outweighs any con you can think of.

The person you send one of these masterpieces to will be touched and save every single one you send. They are fast to make, and you can create unique designs for each postcard.

Without further ado, here’s how to create some great postcards for your friends and family!

Supplies You Will Need:

  • 4x6 inch blank card
  • Scissors
  • Coloured pens, pencils and markers
  • Glue
  • Paints
  • Ruler
  • Mod Podge

Other Options for Fun:

  • Coloured ribbon
  • Metallic paints
  • Old photos
  • Anything else you can think of that could glued to a postcard

 

Steps to Create:

Prepare your work surface: Clean the area that you are going to use and put down some old newspaper to protect the surface from glue.

Prepare the back of the postcard: Take a piece of the card and prepare the back of the postcard. Draw a line down the centre of the card with a ruler (this can be in the centre or slightly to the right to allow for more writing space). Draw 3-4 horizontal lines on the right of the line for the mailing address. Don’t worry if they aren’t straight or perfectly in line, they are handmade after all!

Gather the necessary materials: Decide what you are going to put on the front and gather the necessary materials. This can be a simple design, or from a specific location. You can draw something to stick onto the front or draw straight onto the postcard. The possibilities are endless!

We recommend gluing a basic background down first, to accommodate for your design.

To protect: Finish your front design and give the entire front a coat of Mod Podge (gloss) to seal the front and to act as a waterproof coat.

Note: Be careful not to coat the back as it will be impossible to write on.

Be careful going over coloured pens, they may run.

To finish: Write on the postcard and add the address. Pop on a stamp and send it in the mail!

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