DIY photo postcards

17 Jun

Did you know you can mail a photo just like a postcard? Nothing fancy, no work. Just put a stamp on it, and mail it. I think that’s awesome, but I’m not sure how well it will hold up. So I made my photo postcards a little sturdier by sewing on a backing. Super simple, plus I love the texture added by the stitching.

#DIY photo postcards by makingmondays



card stock/thin cardboard



sewing machine and thread

I didn’t have any good photos lying around, so I printed some childhood photos that I scanned a while back. I added text to some in Photoshop.

#DIY photo postcards by makingmondays

You can use whatever you have around the house as the backing. I used an old folder and a cereal box for mine. Just cut to size. Since I was printing pictures,  I printed the lines onto my backing using this template from Martha Stewart. Of course, you can always draw them in or sew them in.

#DIY photo postcards by makingmondays

Put a dab of glue in the middle of the photo and attach it to your backing. You don’t want to glue the edge because it will gunk up your needle. Once it is dry, use your machine to sew around the edge. Begin and end by adding a back stitch to secure your thread.

#DIY photo postcards by makingmondays

Now write a note and add a stamp!

#DIY photo postcards by makingmondays

P.S. The current postage rate for postcards is $0.33


6 Responses to “DIY photo postcards”

  1. sarahbuis October 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

    I am in awe of your blog! It is absolutely wonderful. Just reading through it, I feel like you’re my soul sister ha!

    • makingmondays October 17, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

      Thank you so much! You’re so sweet. Not going to lie, we have a lot in common. I have some fancy plates hanging in my kitchen and my refrigerator is full of per-portioned veggies only difference is mine usually have a big scoop of hummus with them.

      • sarahbuis October 17, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

        I recently bought some three pepper hummus to try out! I will have to stick in in the jar with them next time!

  2. kirstytroy November 28, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

    Hi Kimmy, thanks for liking my posts! Just had a look though your blog and it’s full of so many cool things- i’ll have to have a go at making some of them!

  3. Jenny K December 2, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    Do you know if the post office is ok with the thread? I’m afraid of gunking up their machines.

    • makingmondays December 2, 2013 at 11:11 am #

      I sent them and they arrived at their destinations without incident. I cut the thread ends short, so there wasn’t anything dangling from them.

      I didn’t take them to the counter so I’m not sure what the post office would say, but the non-machinable surcharge is only 20cents extra so I think it’s still worthwhile.

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