I’ve hosted this Do it Yourself Postcard Swap since 2009. I created it because I love mail art, mixed media, handmade postcards and sharing creativity with my readers! I love getting surprises in my inbox – and I know you do too, right? The swap has grown to be a beloved feature of my blog, and many participate year after year. I host this swap twice a year and open it up once in spring and once in autumn.
I want to invite you to join the DIY Postcard Swap! This is how it works: When you sign up for this swap you will get to create ten handmade postcards, in any style, and send them out to ten strangers. In return you will get postcards back from ten other people. In this way, you get to create something beautiful, spread the joy of creativity, and connect with people from all around the globe. Create, connect & share – that’s our swap slogan!
Please have the 10 postcards ready to send in week 19 – that is the 1st of May! I will send you the 10 addresses on the 2 – 3 of May via e-mail to get the list of addresses to you.
NOTE: YOU MUST SEND YOUR 10 POSTCARDS NO LATER THAN 6th of MAY!
Dates and deadline – swap now closed
If you want to be notified about the next swap this autumn, please sign up for my Newsletter.
The Spring 2016 Swap Sign Up ended on the 1st of May 2016. You will receive your addresses shortly if you have signed up. If you haven’t heard from me by the 3d of May – please first check your spam folder, your paypal e-mail address – and then contact me.
|Sing up before||1 May 2016|
|Your Postcards Should be read to send||3 May 2016|
|Send your postcards no later than||6 May 2016|
If you want to be notified about the next swap, please sign up for my Newsletter.
The DIY Postcard Swap Information
The rules are simple, but please read through this page, especially if this is the first time participating. And then follow through on your part. You will disappoint so many people waiting for your handmade postcards if you don’t finish on time! Please note that this swap is not for children, sorry. If you have any questions not covered on this page or the FAQ – feel free to then contact iHanna.
1. Join the swap by paying the 8 dollar fee
|This swap is growing every year and I love that, one year there were way over 200 participants! To be able to take the time to arrange it, I need to charge a small fee. The payment easy, quick and secure as it goes through Paypal. You can pay with a credit card too.|
2. Fill in the registration form
|This is an important step to get you into the swap! After paying via paypal account or credit card you must also fill out the sign up form! If you are not sure you have signed up please contact me. In the first field of the sign up page please state in this order:
3. Make 10 handmade postcards
|You will make 10 postcards. Your choice of postcard size and style. Just remember no copies – just original art. Bought postcards are beautiful – but those are not welcome in this swap. Instead try to be artistic with your cards, and have fun while making them. DIY actually means “Do It Yourself”, and you can experiment with what you’ve got at home. Try collage, mixed media, create flat fabric art, alter an existing postcard from your paper stash (!), paint with watercolors or acrylics, draw a mandala, make a scrapbook style card, embellish, sew, paint, embroider, etc! I’ve got plenty of blog posts with postcard inspiration, all listed below.|
4. Send your cards out on time!
|Finish and send your postcards in a timely manner, please. It’s not okay to let people wait several weeks after deadline! Simply get your postcards to the post office on time, thanks. See all dates above and Note the Dates in your Calendar.|
5. Some Optional Ideas
|Detail on these ideas below, but just quickly: Invite your friends to be in the swap! Help spread the word by sharing the link button! Host a postcard party! Document your process! Share your postcards online! Blog about them! Add your postcards to the Flickr Group! Comment on others images! Use the hashtag #diypostcardswap on Instagram, Flickr and Facebook!|
Benefits of Swapping
- With a deadline you get a little push to create something special – right now!
- Stretch your Creative Muscles a bit
- Send what you make to people who will appreciate it, treasure it
- Experiment in a series, or by doing each card differently, and have a play date with yourself
- You will get 10 fun surprises in your mail box
- You get to share the art you create with the world
- Find new blog friends and become inspired by other’s postcards
- Start a collection of Handmade Postcards
- You can decorate your Inspiration Board with the incoming postcards
- Support a blogger (iHanna) by signing up
Share the Joy of Handmade Postcards
Why not make this swap into a postcard party and invite a few friends to create together? Mix up a few drinks, paint, get out the crayons and collage fodder and get to work! I bet you’ll have a wonderful time together.
In past swaps I have invite my mom, cousin, and a few friends to sign up, because it is great fun to see what they create, to create together with them and then later see what they get in their mailboxes! Why don’t you invite your peeps too? If they don’t read this blog you can just ask them if they are interested and help them get signed up – just make sure they know the dates + rules of what they sign up for.
I love to know what your postcard experience was like, so feel free to always leave me a comment on the current swap post and tell me what it was like for you this year.
Help me spread the word
You are most welcome to link here, share this post on your Facebook page for friends and family to see, via twitter (I’m @iHanna if you want to ping me), pin the button to pinterest, add it to your instagram feed – or write about the swap in your next blog post or your newsletter. It means a lot to me and this swap reaching those interested to join us!
I would love if you use the swap buttons that I designed! Post it anywhere, for example in your blog’s sidebar – I so appreciate that! Please link it to this very page! If you’re interested in a collaboration, let me know.
Thousands of handmade postcards are made – to celebrate creativity & happiness! [tweet that]
Document & share what you make
Once you’ve made your postcards we’d love to take a peek! This is optional, but rather fun and full of possibilities…
If you have a blog and write about your art process there, please share a link to that post in the link up post on my blog. Also feel free to take photos (or to scan) finished postcards and share them in the Postcard Flickr Group!
You don’t need to have a blog to sign up, nor do you need to share anything online – but it would be nice if you took the time to be supportive in our creative community (commenting, making extra cards for those who don’t get all of theirs etc). Swapping is about being a part this awesome group of people who loves to swap too! Thanks for visiting other participants, spreading your creativity and leaving encouraging comments etc. Include your email if you want to be contacted/thanked by the receiver (connect with each other!).
No need to tag me in every photo, but please include the hashtag #diypostcardswap when posting on social media like youtube, instagram, facebook or twitter!
DIY Postcard Inspiration
DIY Postcard Swap Resources
- Free printable postcard backsides – download the pdf and print away!
- DIY Postcard Flickr Pool – join and share your scanned or photographed postcards here!
- the iHanna Newsletter – sign up if you want to swap handmade postcards next time too! I send it out only a few times each year and you will be informed of all things new and cool!
- Postcard Inspiration Pinterest Board – what inspires me
- Subscribe to the Instagram Feed
- All of iHanna’s Postcard Posts – take inspiration from me, because I have created postcards for years! Lets glue, cut, paint, sew, stamp and write postcards!
Fall 2015 we reached the 6th year anniversary of the DIY Postcard Swap – and we’re continuing. So far there have been 10 swaps and over 10.000 handmade postcards generated though this swap! That is not bad, for keeping the postal workers busy!
On our second year a whopping 2800 postcards were created – the record so far! Spring 2014 more than 200 participants singed up. In the DIY Postcard Flickr Group, started the 4th of February 2010, there were 2,161 photos and 321 members last I checked.