This year, National Grandparents Day falls on September 12th. Whether you have grandparents nearby or far away, sending them mail for National Grandparents Day would be a great idea! Combine some crafty skills and reusable items to create handmade postcards for your grandparents. Below is a fun tutorial that will guide you through making DIY mail art using empty food boxes.
Empty Food Boxes
Step One – Gather the food boxes that you want to use for your mail art craft. Cereal bar boxes, cereal boxes, fruit snack boxes and instant oatmeal boxes all usually have interesting pictures that would make fun covers for your postcard.
Step Two – Using scissors, cut off the sides, tops and bottoms of the boxes. You should end up with two flat pieces, the front and back of the boxes. Now, decide how big you want to make your postcard. According to the United States Postal Service website, postcards must fall under the following dimensions:
Minimum: 3-1/2 inches high by 5 inches long by 0.007 inch thick
Maximum: 6 inches long by 4-1/4 inches high
Additional postage required for larger postcards
Use your ruler to measure the proper mailing dimensions and then with a pencil, trace the lines you need to cut. Try to recycle the scrap pieces in an art box for future craft projects.
Step Three – It’s time to write a special message for your grandparent. This needs to be written on the left side of the postcard. Don’t forget that you need to leave a few inches on the right hand side to write the address you are sending the postcard to and the postage stamp. I recommend using your ruler to draw a vertical line to separate which side needs to stay open.
Step Four – Mail your postcard so it can arrive at your grandparent’s house by September 12th!
Extra Tip: If you have a baby or small child that is unable to write yet, you can paint their hand with a washable acrylic paint and stamp their handprint onto the postcard!
Learn more about National Grandparents Day here.