Picture of Recycled Postcard Kit from T-Shirt
I love sending postcards... and getting postcards! (Well actually any mail that's not a bill) Something about having a kind, thoughtful note in your hand.   Equally fun is finding a quiet spot, mountain side or coffee shop to sit and write, or draw and paint.  So I've created this postcard kit to take along with me, wherever I may wander. 
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Step 1: What You'll Need

Picture of What You'll Need
To make the case:
  • 1 or 2 old T-shirts (depends on how big the shirts are) 
  • Sewing machine  (not impossible by hand... just lots of layers)
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Rope, or  ribbon
  • Piece of cardboard or mat board to make a template/pattern.
  • Chalk or those markers that erase in the wash.
  • Safety pin
  • Box cutter & metal ruler or paper cutter
To make the postcards: (optional)
  • Box cutter & metal ruler or paper cutter
  • 1 ply cardboard from cereal boxes
  • Sandpaper (not pictured)
To make the address book: (optional)
  • Box cutter & metal ruler or paper cutter
  • 1 ply cardboard from cereal boxes
  • Scrap paper
  • Hammer
  • Needle & strong string (I'm using hemp)
  • Nail
  • Wooden block to hammer on
  • Sandpaper (not pictured)

tbcross4 years ago
this is really a neat idea. I feel like we are missing out on something since people stopped writing each other. I have many of my grandparents letters and postcards to each other when seperated and to & from friends and family and they are truely works of art.
I was wondering do you make your own postcards entirely or do you use old ones and add onto them?
AlpineButterfly (author)  tbcross4 years ago
Thank you,
I do a little of both, and/or everything. I like recycling things, giving them new life, or extending it a bit :-)
I still have all the letters my mother sent me when I was a child, my folks split up, and lived on separate continents... there was something really comforting about having a box of letters I could peek through when ever I felt like it. So yeah, I agree there is something nice about having a note or letter... that's not quite the same as going through your inbox.
Well you inspired me to make my first ible and we've now joined postcrossings here's a link to my postcard ible. Thanks for the great idea!!
AlpineButterfly (author)  tbcross4 years ago
That's a wonderful 'ible... your cards are beautiful, they make me smile!
agis684 years ago
very nice project...I will make one
AlpineButterfly (author)  agis684 years ago
Ohhh, please post a picture when you do... my favorite is seeing people make and do!! :-)
Naturally But wait. Now I am gathering the materials....
dorinmouss4 years ago
Great ideas, thanks for sharing. Will try for sure!
plz vot 4 me in the office supplies contest 4 my DIY tattoo machine.

Thanks, emihackr97.
darus674 years ago
You should check out the Postcrossing project at
Send postcards to, and receive postcards from random postcrossing members
around the world.
AlpineButterfly (author)  darus674 years ago
Postcrossing is a wonderful site, I actually enjoy it a lot! Great suggestion for people who might be interested in this instructable.
ChrysN4 years ago
Nice project, and really well documented too.