Ways to Display Postcards

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Ways to Display Postcards
Postcards bought on your vacation can become your next art project. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Displaying postcards gives you the chance to add something artsy to your walls. Many ways exist to show these mini pieces of art off. To create a cool postcard display, think about how you'll use the space and the kind of atmosphere you'd like to create. Select the postcards and display methods that best support this decorating plan.

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Frame

Framing offers a nice option for a postcard display, which works particularly well if you have oversized postcards that look like art, but postcards of any size will do. To create the display, you can include freestanding frames, hanging frames or a combination of both kinds. For example, you can create a decorative display for your fireplace mantel by using a combination of framed postcards. Set up the freestanding framed postcards on each end. Work in sets of three, placing the tallest ones in the back. Once you've accomplished this, hang the larger framed postcards above the centre of the mantel. You'll also work in clusters of three to five. The framed postcards in the centre will add balance to the framed cards at the ends of the mantel. Add items like decorative candles, silk ivy vines and decorative trinkets to complete the looks.

Shadowboxes

Shadowboxes allow you a way to save postcards that are precious to you in a way that preserves the nostalgic feeling you get from old postcards. These kinds of postcards could include ones sent from a grandparent during World War II, sweet notes from camp or from a foreign pen pal. Collect the cards you want to save. Once you have them, look for a theme among them. For example, if they're World War II era postcards, look for shadowbox accessories that go with this theme. These could include military badges of honour, old coins, photos from the era and old illustrated advertisements. Arrange all these items in the shadowbox. Plan to create a couple of shadowboxes if you have an abundance of postcards to display. You can hang these up just like pictures.

Découpage

For those homeowners who want a little more coverage, postcards decoupaged onto the wall offer a cool and unconventional way to display your cards. You have several options available to you with this option. You can cover one whole wall with an assortment of postcards, or mix it up a bit by adding items like antique magazine illustrations or travel posters as part of the display. This type of display is quite large. Because of this, you may want to make a rough sketch of the layout so you know where you'll place each postcard as well as the other items in your display. Once this is accomplished, prepare the wall with the découpage mixture and hang up the cards. Allow time for the glue to dry, and apply a découpage coat to the top of the display.

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