Picture Perfect Postcards: Make Your Own

May 28, 2008

Did you know that you can send cut out cereal boxes, plates, or plain old photos as a postcard? As long as it meets the minimum size requirement (eh, yes…as we learned when the reply cards I made for our wedding were too small 🙁 ) and does not exceed the maximum, it gets delivered!

With all the recent free photo offers, I’ve been printing pictures and sending them as postcards. Nothing special needs to be done–just send the photo as is.

This is great for those who send postcards while traveling, too: instead of buying postcards (if you have a digital camera), you could simply run into a store with your memory card, print out a few pictures, and mail those.

Here are the postcard size guidelines, as listed by the USPS:

• Maximum size is 6” long X 4 1/4” high
• Minimum size is 5” long X 3 1/2” high

Postcard postage within the US is now 27 cents. (I had some photo stamps that I got with an offer from Cash Crate.)

Another idea for making your own postcards is to cut off the fronts of “used” cards and send those as inexpensive postcards..

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  • alwayswithme May 28, 2008 at 11:25 am

    Great idea. I’ve got tons of old photos that might be fun to use as postcards to friends and relatives that are featured in them.

    I am a new commenter and I can’t figure out how to get WordPress to make my WFMW entries to come up on their own page. If you could explain it to me, I’d appreciate it.

  • Keren May 28, 2008 at 11:36 am


    Just click on the title of your entry, and it should bring up the page with only your specific post. Hope that helps!


  • Lines From The Vine May 28, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    We do this all the time when writing to my Grandmother…these postcards mean so much to her. I never actually knew what the accepted sizes were- thanks for posting!

  • JC May 28, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    Thanks, I’ll try that.

  • Lindsay May 28, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    How cute! I love the idea Keren! How fun and frugal and a great way to reuse cereal boxes!

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  • Mary T June 21, 2008 at 9:32 am

    That is a super cute postcad!! Money can’t buy better ones!