you thought about using postcards as gifts and crafts?
be a very personal gift, as you select interesting postcards
to match the person you are gifting. Here, you will find several ideas.
we've provided more ideas, which can also be economical gifts, as well as links for how-to projects.
unique, can be personal, and can really send a message.
Framing Postcards - Here, there
are several options, from cheap and simple, to more expensive and
professional. All will make a great impression.
postcards that are representative of your gift
receiver, such as a place, hobby, interest, etc.
The easiest, but, also the most expensive, is having a pre-cut mat and frame made at a craft
or frame store. For some gifts it may
be appropriate. See #1 below.
Utilize pre-cut mats and economical frames. We found 5"x7"
(outside size) pre-cut mats with to two different opening sizes -
3"x4.5" and 3"x5" at a popular craft store. These pre-made mats could work
postcards, but, not for all - cutting some off, and too large for
postcards are 6"x4," 3.5"x5.5", or 5.75"x4." Take your
postcards to the store with you to see what fits before you purchase
pre-cut mats. See #2 below.
You can also utilize oversized mats. For example, utilize
an 8x10 mat with a 5"x7" opening for larger
postcards, backed by a piece
of construction paper or poster board. See #3 below.
Sometimes, frames with several pre-cut mats can be the most
economical. Don't worry when it doesn't exactly fit, use colored paper or
poster board behind the postcard if the opening is too big. Where the mat
opening is too small, supplement with photos. See #4 below.
Utilize an interesting frame, backed with poster board,
fabric, or felt, and mount the
postcards helter skelter. I often use felt
and no glass, and tack the
postcards on with small stick pins.
See #5 below.
Make a collage utilizing one or more
postcards, along with
photos and other
mementos. See #6 below.
Professionally framed and matted, courtesy
This 1945 Texas bluebonnets postcard, which
measures 3.5"x5.5", fit very nicely into this pre-cut double
mat with a 3"x4.5" opening. We bought this mat on sale at Hobby
Lobby for $1.00.
Unfortunately, because of the text on this
3.5"x5.5" vintage postcard, neither mat would work. It is shown
here in a pre-cut mat with a 3"x5" opening. We bought this mat on
sale at Hobby Lobby for 80 cents.
This 5.75"x4" postcard is too small for the 5"x7"
opening in this 8x10 mat.
However, we placed a piece of construction paper
behind the postcard and it works perfectly.
This is an economical frame with pre-cut mat.
Old frames can often be picked up at garage sales,
or utilize something you already have.
postcards, photos and mementos to make
Decoupage Postcards onto books, boxes, flat frames, gift bags,
furniture, and more for
unique decor and gifts.
Scrap Booking - Don't forget to use
your scrap booking hobby. These can often help to tell your story, display
places, and the messages on back are often heartfelt memories.
Settings - Whether it's a Halloween, Christmas, Birthday, or any
other party, vintage postcards can help to make great table settings. For
an elegant party, buy individual collectibles for each setting. For more
frugal occasions, buy, one or more vintage
postcards and scan them for use
on multiple table settings. See more at
Utilize postcards as interesting invitations.
- Instead of using regular invitations for a party, shower, reception,
etc, use interesting postcards
instead. Take a look at our
custom postcards -- we have sold hundreds
of these for use as invitations and can create new
custom postcards for various states.
Postcard Wallets - Here is a very unique idea to utilize vintage
postcards in making pocket-sized wallets. These are perfect for holding a
little cash, credit cards, business cards, gift cards, and more. Choose a
card for yourself or one that would be interesting for a friend. A great
gift idea! See instructions at