I’ve hosted this DIY Postcard Swap since 2010. 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.
Please note: The rules and guidelines are simple, but please read through this entire page, especially if this is the first time participating, and check the FAQ if you’ve got questions. Thank you.
Today 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.
Dates and deadline for Spring 2017
|Sing up before||April 21, 2017|
|Your Postcards Should be ready to send the week of||April 24, 2017|
Please just have the 10 postcards ready to send April 24th, that’s a Monday. Before that you will receive your addresses, so you should be able to get them out that week. I will send you the 10 addresses via e-mail. If you can’t find them: Please first check your spam folder, your paypal e-mail address – and then contact me (on the 24th or after that), thanks. If you did not receive your addresses it is your responsibility to let me know ASAP – and I will resend them to you, maybe on another of your e-mail addresses? You can also contact med through Studio iHanna‘s page on Facebook. Thanks.
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. To pay is easy, quick and secure. Your payment goes through the well-known site of Paypal. You can also pay with a credit card: Just click the paypal button and instead of logging in, choose card payment at the bottom of the page.|
2. Fill in the registration form
|This is an important step to get you into the swap, don’t miss it. 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 Postcard Swap with your friends
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.
Share the Postcard Swap on Social Media too
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 swap-button or any image on this page 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, your Facebook wall or instagram – I so appreciate that! Please link it to this very page! If you’re interested in a collaboration, let me know.
Click the button above that you like most, save the bigger image to your computer and upload it to where you want to share it. If it’s on your blog link it to this page (http://www.ihanna.nu/postcard-swap/), thanks.
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 upcoming 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!
There is no need to tag me by name in every photo or tweet you share, I’ll see it if you include the hashtag #diypostcardswap when posting on social media like youtube, instagram, facebook or twitter! If you’re on Snapchat follow me - I’m @ihannanu.
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!), that is much appreciated by most swappers. It’s much more fun to get a postcard from a fellow human being than someone that reminds more anonymous.
DIY Postcard Inspiration
- Pen pals, Postcards and my Messy Desk
- DIY Happy Collage Postcard with a kitchy twist
- Create your Own Christmas Cards
- Postcard Collage Video 2: The Colorful Postcard
- Postcard Tutorial Video: Fall Color Inspiration
- My Colorful Collage Postcards
- How to Finish a Postcard using a Sewing Machine
- Creating a Series of Postcards
- Index Card Postcard
- Blue Handmade Postcards
- A Love Message
- Blue Altered Vintage Postcards
- Pink Polka Dot Altered Vintage Postcards
- Painting on Vintage Postcards
- The Prettiest Postcards Ever
- Making a few Extra Postcards
- Word Poetry Postcards
- Video Inspiration for Creating Postcards
- Postcards in the making
- Postcard Storage Binder with Dymo Labels
- Good Mail Day – A primer for Making Eye Popping Postal Art
- Video tutorial: How to create a Ring Binder
- Handmade Mail Art for iHanna
- Paper Patchwork Postcards en masse
- Wishing you a Day filled with Good Things
- Pop Art DIY Postcards
- Beyond One Thousand Handmade Postcards
- Free Printable Postcard Backside
- Pink is my favorite colour
- The Amazing Postcard Swap Return
- More DIY Painted Postcards
- DIY Painted Postcards
- Painting a paper and Making Four Postcards
- DIY Postcards with a Message
- Kitschy Fabric Christmas Cards
- It’s the Start of a Beautiful Postcard
- What I like about handmade postcards
- My Meta Postcards
- A First Postcard Idea
- Pretty stamps and postcards
- Recycled book turns Postcard Ring Binder
- My batch of Sewn together Postcards
- Stamped Cats on Mom’s Postcards
- Sew it yourself postcards
- Shabby Chic Roses on Mom’s Postcards
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
- 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!
Inspirational Books You Might Like
iHanna started the first swap in spring 2010 and since then it’s grown a lot.
In fall 2015 we reached the 6th year of the DIY Postcard Swap – and we’re continuing. Up until then there have been 10 swaps and over 10.000 handmade postcards generated though this swap, and after that even more. 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 and in spring 2016 we were 180 participants. In the DIY Postcard Flickr Group, started the 4th of February 2010, you could find 2,160 photos and 320 members a while back, and even more today.
Most participants are from the states, then Scandinavia and Europe – but we have had people from every continent joining at one time or other. This is truly an international swap. Your hostess, Hanna, is from Sweden.