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Monday, February 4, 2013

Making a Post Card from a Gummie Box

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Home-Made Postcards!

I don't know about you but I love getting mail! Of course I don't love getting bills but regular mail like products I buy, samples and maybe even the letter or 2. Not many people use snail-mail anymore, it's all went to email and facebook messages. Even though online mail is more convenient, getting mail in your mail box is more fun. My little girls light up when they check the mail box and find something with their name on it. That's how I came up with the idea to send postcards to their friends and family. But who wants to go to the gas station and buy some of those lame local town postcards for your kids to send out? You can't find cool postcards anymore. Why not make your own? You can get creative and make any postcard you like! The easiest way to start making your very own postcards, is to grab an empty Gummie Fruit Snack box and cut it to size.

Crafty Tip ~ A Standard postcard measures between 3 1/2 x 5 inches and 4 1/2 inches x 6 inches. Anything sent postcard-style (no-envelope) that measures differently or is not rectangular needs first-class postage.

While my kids were playing outside today, I decided to make my own postcard. I went to my craft bag and found some soft brown fabric, that I had left over from a Halloween costume I made for my best friends son, and some purple ribbon. I wasn't sure how those 2 colors were going to work together but I was being open minded. It turned out to be very classy like!
I took pictures as I made the post card....

I started with a gummie box and cut out one side of it

 Then I measured out a 6 inch by 4 1/4 inch rectangle

 I cut out the postcard and traced it to the back of my fabric

After I traced and cut out my fabric, I glued the fabric to my postcard and trimmed off the raw edges

Time to move on to the Ribbon!

I cut a small piece out of the middle of my wide ribbon and decided to glue it across my postcard. (From one corner to the other) And cut off the edges

After the glue dried, it was time to flip over my postcard and add the stamp words and address lines.

I did a google search and found a nice template for the back of a postcard.
My post card

You can use old T-shirts, stickers, googly eyes, lace, Or just for fun, If your cardboard piece has a cool design on it already then you can just add the words and lines to the back and mail it that way (I made one out of a baby formula label back when my girls were babies!)

If your going on a trip soon, this would be a fun project for you to do with your kids before supper! You can get some of the cheap postcards from the gas station along with a road map or odd food labels from the area your visiting. Just cut the map or food labels to the size of the post card and replace the store bought image with an awesome travel image of your own!! What a wonderful way to tell your family and friends about all the fun your having on your trip!

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