Postcards, once used to send greetings to friends and family from exotic locations, are less likely to be mailed, and more likely to be used as souvenirs or decorative items these days. Visit a gift shop in just about any city, and you are likely to find a rack filled with cards featuring beautifully photographed vistas and popular landmarks for a bargain price. While you could drop one in the mail to say hello to a long-lost friend, you could also use a collection of postcards to create customised wall decor
Frame postcards and hang them in groups. Most postcards are 4 inches by 6 inches or 5 inches by 7 inches, allowing them to fit into standard picture frames sold at any home goods retailer. Hang postcards from multiple locations as a sort of scrapbook or your travels, or group postcards from one locale together to highlight your favourite city or vacation.
Create a custom border along the upper edge of the wall or along a chair rail using postcards. Use postcards that are all the same height, and attach to the wall using a découpage medium. Follow the manufacturer directions for using the medium.
Hang the postcards from a string or wire stretched across the wall. Use clothespins or bulldog clips to clip the cards to the string, and intersperse your postcards with other memorabilia for a casual reminder of the places you have been -- or that you want to visit.
Purchase a frame with multiple photo openings, and use postcards to fill some of the openings. This works well to display vacation photos; use a shot of you and your spouse or family in one opening, and a postcard with the name of the destination in another opening.
Use postcards in a shadow box with other memorabilia from a trip or event. For postcards from a beach vacation, for example, fill the box with postcards, shells and sand from the beach and a paper umbrella from your poolside drink.
Create a postcard collage with cards you have received or purchased. Attach the cards to a sheet of poster board or thin cardboard, sized to fit your chosen frame, using a glue stick or other adhesive that you can reposition. Overlap the edges of the cards to cover the entire backing, frame and hang.
Scour your local antique shops or an online auction site for vintage postcards from your hometown or a favourite vacation spot, and frame them for hanging.
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- Scour your local antique shops or an online auction site for vintage postcards from your hometown or a favourite vacation spot, and frame them for hanging.