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Recycled Party Postcard Invitations

When was the last time you got a real invitation in the mail, that didn't require a pricey gift and formalwear For your next casual get together, send out a postcard invitation reminder along with a digital invite.

You can make this invitation using supplies that might otherwise end up in the trash, and impress your pals with your creativity at the same time.

It's a great craft for kids, too, so feel free to let Junior in on the party planning!


  • empty paperboard or cardboard boxes - cereal boxes, etc.
  • old magazines
  • glue - glue sticks work well, but you can use school glue, rubber cement, etc
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • fine tipped permanent marker
  • postcard stamps for mailing

Step 1: Open up your boxes along the sides or seams so that they are flat. Cut the cardboard into postcard sized rectangles, 4x6 inches.

If you have an old postcard handy, use it as a guide. Cut one for each invitation -- having a few extra isn't a bad idea, just in case.

Go through your magazines and rip out pages that appeal to you. Look for large pictures or colors that will cover your cards without extra white space or too much type.

You can make your invites on theme, or just pick pretty pictures, depending on what you have available and your tastes.

If you're having a dinner party, use cooking magazines.

An outdoor bash? Try a nature mag. If you're running low on magazines or can't bear to cut up your collection, you can also use newspapers or wrapping paper scraps too.

Step 2: Apply glue evenly to the printed side of your cardboard. You'll want the plain brown side to write your message.

Place the glue side down on the opposite side of the magazine page in the area you want featured on your card. Press down to smooth out wrinkles and ensure a solid bond.

Trim away the excess paper, but leave a little extra around the edges.

Repeat this process with each card until you have enough invitations for all of your guests.

Let the cards dry, then trim away the extra paper. You can even trim into the cardboard a few millimeters to make sure everything lines up.

Step 3: Draw a line down the middle of the blank side of your card with your ruler. Write your guest's name and address on the right side, and pertinant party information on the left.

Add a postcard stamp to each, drop them in a mailbox and get ready to party!

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