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Summer Postcard Craft for Kids

Let kids tell their own summer story with this DIY summer postcard craft for kids! Their imagination will take them places you've never been, and they can send you a postcard so you can join in on the fun, too.

Imagine the sheer delight that Gramma and Grampa—or some other lucky person in your little one’s life—will feel when they receive a homemade postcard, hand painted by a special child! Kids will have a great time using watercolors to paint a summer scene or vacation landscape to create their very own card. Even the mailman will notice this one!

There are lots of possibilities. Kids can use crayons, markers, or paint to create their own unique scene. Line the back of the card so they can write a message, address it, and put a stamp on it. This is a summertime greeting with heart!

You can research the U.S. Postal regulations for postcards online. Postcards must be between 3 1/2 and 4 ¼ inches in height and the width must be between 4 ¼ and 6 inches. The thickness is between .007 and .016 inches, which is about the thickness of an index card. The craft store also carries premade postcards made of watercolor paper that are ready to paint.

  • Watercolor paper cut to 4 X 6 inches (or purchased water color paper postcards)
  • Watercolor paints
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Ruler
  • Pen

Step 1: Have the child create their masterpiece on one side of the watercolor paper. (It might be a fun summer scene, or a picture of a beloved vacation destination. I always show the children a sample postcard so they understand what it's all about.) Then, let the painting dry.

Step 2: Once the painting is dry, I use a ruler to draw lines on the backside of the postcard for the children so that they know where to write their message and the address of the lucky person who will receive their card. Simple enough, right? This is a super easy craft but makes a child feel very special to be the artistic designer of a unique and one-of-a-kind postcard!

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