Vintage Christmas Postcard Decorations (Day #2)

Hi there! Welcome to Day #2 of the 12 [Very Vintage] Days of Christmas! Yesterday I kicked things off on Day #1 with a tour of the Shaker Christmas Craft Show that I participate in every year. Today I have a simple, yet beautiful craft (or two!) for you: Vintage Postcard Christmas Decorations, using FREE PRINTABLE Christmas postcards available in my Member Library when you subscribe to my blog.

Additional Christmas projects you may enjoy include: yardstick ornaments, bottle brush tree decorating ideas, and my 2017 Christmas home tour.

Vintage Christmas Postcard Decorations adirondackgirlatheart.comThe graphics on the vintage postcards that I have for you are so striking, like this red robin. Isn’t he handsome?

Printed Christmas PostcardsI have two sets of postcard images for you to print out, including this set of three. They print out beautifully on matte finish photographic paper or “presentation” paper, available at office supply stores.

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To complete this project you will need:


  1. Matte finish photo paper (or presentation paper)
  2. White cardstock
  3. Modge Podge
  4. 1/4″ Paint brush
  5. Glitter
  6. Wire

Glue Vintage Postcards to Cardstock

For the first step, you’ll cut out the postcards, retaining a 1/4″ blank edge all the way around. Next glue the postcards to your cardstock with Modge Podge (MP). I usually place something heavy over them and leave them to dry overnight. Using a paper cutter, trim the edges of your postcards the next day to eliminate all the white spaces.

Glitterize Your Vintage Postcards

Vintage Postcard Christmas Decoration glitter application Use your paint brush to apply a coat of MP to the edge of the postcard, shake on some glitter, press lightly with your finger. I usually do about 3″ at a time. Be generous with your MP. Work over a clean sheet of paper or wax paper to allow easy pouring of excess glitter to back into its container.

Attach Wire to Vintage Postcard

Vintage Postcard Christmas Decoration Wire Attachment adirondackgirlatheart.comUse some easily bendable paddle wire to create a hanger for your postcard. To create the curlyque at the end, wrap excess wire around a pencil.

Vintage Postcard Christmas Decoration adirondackgirlatheart.comGlue and glitter make all things beautiful (my personal mantra!).

Vintage Postcard Christmas Decoration adirondackgirlatheart.comThey’ve been selling quite well from my Shaker Christmas craft booth for $7 each.

Santa Vintage Card Christmas Decoration I even made some using vintage greeting cards that you can also find in my Member Library. The postcards have sold much better, but I’m in love with this Santa Claus image.

Bonus Vintage Postcard Project

Vintage postcard garlandAs I was working with the vintage postcards, I had another idea to use smaller versions to create a festive bunting. Here you see my first attempt, hanging on one of my displays at the craft fair. It sold for $8 (a little low) and a second priced at $9 took its place. Just glue the cards to a long piece of ribbon and you’re done. You’ll find these smaller versions with all my other Christmas postcards in my Member Library under “Antique Postcards.”

I hope you’ll pop in again tomorrow for Day #3 of 12 Days of Christmas, when I’ll be sharing a perfect-for-the-holiday sign project with some farmhouse style.

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  1. Oh, my gosh, Diana, I LOVE those! I’m gonna look through my many Christmas cards and print these you offer and see if I can get five minutes to make one……or more? I got the images with no problem today. Still don’t know what happened yesterday. \

    Thanks for these printables!

    1. I’m so glad you like the project, Naomi!! They really don’t take long to whip up, so I can definitely see you making at least one 🙂 Your welcome for the printables; I hope you can get some good use out of them–

  2. Thank you Diana! I love old postcards. Recently an older quilting friend was downsizing and she had 3 stacks of old postcards from her mother. She allowed me to go through them. The treasured one was called a puzzle postcard and it was a series of 4 postcards with Uncle Sam on them when you put them all together. Very special. My husband looked them up and said they go for at least $100. He is going to make a frame with glass on both sides so you can enjoy each side.

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