Recycled Greetings: Make and Reuse Postcards


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It’s increasingly rare to get something more interesting than your local market circulars in your mailbox. Snail mail is always a change of pace, but postcards make for great keepsakes, and are some of the few pieces of mail still fun and cheap to send and receive. Here are some great creative recycling projects to make your own postcards and what to do with postcards you’ve received.

Make Recycled Postcards

Making your own postcard is incredibly easy to do with materials you already have at home. Homemade postcards are a great reuse project for frozen food boxes, which usually cannot go into your paper recycling bin because of the waxy coating. Old cereal boxes or paperback books are also popular choices.

Especially around the holidays, make recycled postcards out of old Christmas or holiday cards. This is a great way to send thank you notes for gifts received.

If you want to add a more professional finishing touch to your handmade recycled postcard, this rubber stamp is perfect for stamping the back of your postcard with a template for your message space and address lines. rubber stamp postcard template for easy recycled postcards

What to do with postcards you already have?

On your walls:

Postcards are fun to decorate with. Keep it simple and stick them on your fridge or tack on a message board.

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Or get a little crazy and use them as wallpaper.

postcards recycled into wallpaper

Frame special postcards individually or in groups of 2 or 4.

Use binder clips, paper clips, or a hole punch and some string and make postcard flags.

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Find Recycled Postcards

If you have a specific project in mind, find old postcards at thrift stores or garage sales. Some may be “new” as in not sent through the mail yet, so if you’re looking for neat postcards to send to friends just because, this is a cool way to go. You will probably also find a fair share of “used” postcards, which would be great for art projects like those above.

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