52 Weeks of Mail: Week 48 | Clear Postcard

For Week #48 snail mail, I was excited to try and make a clear postcard. Also known as a packing tape postcard.  Originally, I found this post via my Pinterest search.  I also found several other variations of a clear postcard- you can see them here.  For my version, I made a Christmas-inspired clear postcard and mailed away to my nephew.  I hope he loves it.  It was super simple to make; keep reading for the DIY steps for this kid-and-adult-friendly art project.

52 Weeks Of Mail- Week 48 Feature Photo | Clear Postcard

The basic concept of the project is: find packing tape, find magazines and other fun scraps of paper, twine, glitter, etc; cover with tape and mail.  Easy, right? The back side (pictured above) has the address , stamp and Christmas-y items. The front side of the postcard includes a handwritten note and more holiday graphics.

52 Weeks Of Mail- Week 48 Feature Photo | Clear Postcard

Quick and Easy Steps to Make Your Own:

  1. Gather Supplies
    • magazines, wrapping paper, scrap paper, junk mail, twine, glitter
    • Clear packing tape
    • Pens, markers, scissors, paper punch, washi tape

52 Weeks Of Mail- Week 48 Feature Photo | Clear Postcard

2.  Use tape to mark outline of a 4×6 postcard on your work surface (should not be paper or another surface that will rip when placing packing tape over it).  If you wish to make a larger postcard, you may, but postage will be more than .34 cents. Check USPS.com for specifics on postcard sizes.

52 Weeks Of Mail- Week 48 Feature Photo | Clear Postcard

3.  Layout the design of the backside of postcard like so (above photo)- include your recipient’s name and address.  NOTE: DO NOT place stamp between packing tape– place on outside of tape to ensure your mail will be delivered! This will be the very last step.

52 Weeks Of Mail- Week 48 Feature Photo | Clear Postcard

4.  Once your backside is complete, cover with packing tape. I used 3 strips, each slightly longer than 6 inches, so there is overhang.  You will trim your edges at the end.  Peel up tape, flip over and lay back on surface.

52 Weeks Of Mail- Week 48 Feature Photo | Clear Postcard

5.  Design the frontside of your postcard.  Once complete, add 3 more strips of packing tape over frontside.

52 Weeks Of Mail- Week 48 Feature Photo | Clear Postcard

6.  Trim edges with scissors.  If you wish, you may add washi tape, or another decorative tape, to edges of your postcard.
52 Weeks Of Mail- Week 48 Feature Photo | Clear Postcard

7.  Don’t forget the stamp on the upper, right-hand-side of the backside (with address).  Postcards stamps are only .34 cents, but I used a forever stamp to stick with my Christmas theme.

52 Weeks Of Mail- Week 48 Feature Photo | Clear Postcard

8. Place in mailbox and hope you get one in return. 🙂

52 Weeks Of Mail- Week 48 Feature Photo | Clear Postcard

Pretty easy, right?  I had so much fun I may have to send out a few more.  Now it’s your turn. Round up your crafting goods and make one now!

All Photos via Designs By Jolene

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