Thursday, September 27, 2012

Recycling Bin Postcards

The kids had no school yesterday, and while we had plans for them for most of the day, they were begging for something to do practically at first light. I've had this idea from Infarrantly Creative in the back of my mind for a couple weeks now and thought this was the perfect time to bust it out! Raiding the recycling bin, we found some cardboard boxes and quickly gave them a new life as postcards! And you can too!

 What You Need:
  • Cardboard boxes, such as from cereal or crackers
  • Scissors or X-Acto
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • Someone to send these awesome postcards to!
With your ruler, cut a 4" x 6" rectangle out of your cardboard box. Truthfully, I couldn't find a ruler. So instead I took one of those inserts that fall out of magazines and just used it as a template - perfect size!

Then you just flip it over and draw a line down the middle to separate the actual note from the address. Then draw horizontal lines on the right-hand side for the address.

And that's it! A quick and easy activity that will undoubtedly make someone smile when they open their mailbox.  Some of my favorites were...
Fortune cookie postcard!!
The back of the graham cracker box had a S'mores recipe! Who wouldn't want THAT in the mail?!?
These chewy bars are kind of a running joke in our family...

And my boys had a blast writing notes and pictures on the postcards. Any project that gets them interested in writing is aces in my book!

Our family and friends have some interesting mail headed their way!

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  1. I never thought of using something like that, interesting. My daughter has been sending post cards to my niece since we moved.

  2. ha! this is awesome project. I love the recipe postcard! what a cool idea!