Aug 15, 2011

DIY: Post Card Journal


Ever wonder what to do with all those Post Cards you purchase while on vacation and never send? Or maybe you have a friend that travels a lot who is always sending them? Whether it’s one of those, or the fact that you just like to collect vintage postcards, here is a great way to put them to good use.

This table top journal is a super easy way to document your daily life and find joy in the simplest of things. Whether you needed an extra shot of espresso in your morning latte or your little nugget took his/her first step. All your memories will be at your fingertips.

I don’t imagine the first year or two would be as exciting as, say, 10 years of doing it. But you have to start some where.


What you need:

1 McDonalds Happy Meal box.
2-3 pckgs 5 x 8 Index cards
12 Post Cards

Date Stamp and Ink Pad


How I did it:

1. Carefully peel apart the seem of the McDonalds box. Cut off the top of the box (handles and what not).

2. Lay the now flat McDonalds box onto your cardstock and trace. After cutting out your traced image, adhere (I used hot glue) to the outside of the box (which will become the inside of your box).

3. When your cardstock is completely dry, fold the box the same as it was before, only inside out. (Cardstock on the inside.) Adhere the flap that you peeled apart in Step 1.

3.  Take your 5 x 8 index cards and cut them all in half. If you have a scoring board, I’d use it for this step.


5. Go through and stamp the date on top of each index card (remember not to stamp the year). This is a bit time consuming, but I promise, it’s worth it.

6. Add whatever embellishments you want to the outside. I added some lace, twine, a few buttons and a clothespin to hold a photo.

7. Put the index cards in the box. Separate the months with your post cards. and VOILA.


You could also staple little mementos to the index card for added “awe” factor. Maybe a movie stub from your first date or  a picture that highlights your day.


It will make an fun conversational piece on the coffee table or end table. What a great way to reflect on your days and  remember to enjoy life’s little moments.

The possibilities really are endless. Have fun with it.


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