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Did you go anywhere fun for the 4th of July holiday? I went to the beach with my folks and bought a handful of souvenir postcards to send to friends, but then I saw these adorable postcard ideas and considered keeping them myself. Hey, can you blame me? Take a look at these creative ways to use and display old postcards and you might be tempted to hoard yours as well.

5 Pretty Postcard Ideas to Try: Banner

Credit: Emily Fazio

This birthday banner (made with Pantone postcards) by Emily Fazio is festive, cute and cheaper than a banner you’d find at a party supply store if you use postcards you already have. Get all the how-to instructions on DIY Network’s Made + Remade blog.

5 Pretty Postcard Ideas to Try: Framed Display

Credit: RMS user ColorCrazy13

Fill a small powder room with postcards like RMS-er ColorCrazy13 did here. It’s a great way to display your postcards instead of keeping them tucked away in a shoebox. I can totally see this look in a beach house bathroom.

5 Pretty Postcard Ideas to Try: Cork Board Map

Credit: Blue Ribbon General Store

This traveler’s cork board from Blue Ribbon General Store is another cool way to show off your travels and remind yourself of your favorite adventures at a glance. Can’t get your hands on one of these cork boards? Try the same idea on a large paper map for a similar effect.

5 Pretty Postcard Ideas to Try: Headboard Flair

Credit: Design by Joanne Palmissano | Photo by Susan Teare

Want to have sweet dreams? Surround your bed with your favorite postcards. This edgy industrial-style headboard made with PVC pipes is a perfect backdrop for your paper mementos. Head over to DIY Network to see how it’s done.

5 Pretty Postcard Ideas to Try: Alternative Wedding Guest Book

Credit: Courtesy of Benjamin Images

Travel postcards are a unique alternative wedding guest book for the bride and groom, especially if it’s a destination wedding. You can write your name and well-wishes or marriage advice and they can collect them in an album or display them around their home later.

Which postcard idea would you write home about? And do you have any cool uses for old postcards? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!


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10 Responses

  1. Carlee says:

    I especially like the framed postcards in the bathroom, and also the headboard.

  2. Nancy says:

    The postcards framed in white, on a white wall, really pop.

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  4. Paula says:

    I also framed postcards in white frames with white mats. I used postcards from our local art museum instead of travel cards. Chose the paintings I love to see and I can swap them out anytime. Great look on the cheap!!

  5. MLP says:

    I always buy postcards from places I travel to and frame them. I especially like to buy postcards with artwork of the area done by local artists, it is really economical and supports the community.

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Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...


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