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My Little House Design: DIY Postcard Wall Art

Monday, December 3, 2012

DIY Postcard Wall Art

Welcome, YHL readers! Thanks for visiting! I love YHL's new book and I am so happy to share a project that was in part inspired by their Project #28: Collage Your Wall.

This weekend I got on a project that I've wanted to do for a while.

mylittlehousedesign.com postcard wall art

If you can't tell from the image above, I used postcards to create large scale wall art. I love it! It all started nearly a year ago at Christmas when I got a set of postcards with book covers on them.

mylittlehousedesign.com penguin books postcards

The set of postcards I got are Penguin Book covers that range from The Great Gatsby as shown above to some super obscure books like Common Sense About Smoking. Ironically they sat on my bookshelf for a year. I tried a few small projects with them but nothing really turned out. Then a few weeks ago I decided I was a little tired of my Klimt canvas.

mylittlehousedesign.com gustav klimt wall art

Don't get me wrong, I still love this piece. I've been a fan of Gustav Klimt since high school (in college I even named my beta fish Gustav in homage) and when I saw this large print at IKEA I had a rather visceral reaction to it.  But it was time for it to move to another part of the house (yet to be determined). So that is when I decided that maybe doing a large wall of postcards would be cool.

Here's how I did the project:

1) In order to give the overall look more texture I mounted several of the postcards on foam core. I used rubber cement to adhere them. I randomly decided that I wanted 25% of the total amount of postcards to be mounted, which for my wall came out to 12 postcards. 

mylittlehousedesign.com postcards mounted on foam core with rubber cement

2) After they dried I used a utility knife to cut them apart.

mylittlehousedesign.com using a utility knife to cut foam core

 The utility knife left a pretty rough edge so I used scissors to clean them up.

mylittlehousedesign.com before with utility knife

mylittlehousedesign.com after with scissors

3) I measured out the area I wanted on the wall and marked it with FrogTape. For this space I decided on 4'x4' which is 48 postcards with about 2" in between each one.

mylittlehousedesign.com using frog tape to mark the area

 If the tape looks crooked to you that's because it is. I was using it more as an idea of where I wanted them to go not an actual starting point.

mylittlehousedesign.com postcard wall art tutorial

As I've mentioned before, I am not good at doing tedious measuring so once I had the first row done I eyeballed the rest. The first row I did by using my level to make sure everything was straight and then as luck would have it the level was nearly 2" wide so I used it mark the distance between the postcards as well. I spread out the twelve that I put on foam core randomly.

mylittlehousedesign.com DIY postcard wall art

mylittlehousedesign.com DIY postcard wall art

mylittlehousedesign.com DIY postcard wall art

mylittlehousedesign.com DIY postcard wall art

mylittlehousedesign.com DIY postcard wall art

mylittlehousedesign.com DIY postcard wall art

When it was all said and done I could have easily skipped the foam core stage and just put them all on the wall flat because the foam core didn't add enough dimension to make much of a difference, but I'm glad I did it because I would have always wondered if it would look better with some mounted.

This project would also work well with any other kinds of postcards, like these awesome Pantone ones, your own personal collection of postcards, or vintage ones collected from antiques stores or from pre-collected sets on Ebay.

I love checking things off my mental to-do list!

Creating with the Stars

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At December 4, 2012 at 8:31 PM , Anonymous jules said...

Came over from yhl. I like it!

At December 4, 2012 at 8:40 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for visiting Jules!

At December 5, 2012 at 10:11 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nifty! Good JOB! I think I'm going to try that at my house.

At December 5, 2012 at 10:53 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

Thank you! You should totally do it - it looks cool and it was a very cheap project (only about $25!).

At December 5, 2012 at 6:42 PM , Anonymous Lindsey @ A Pear to Remember said...

Amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing. I am so inspired! Back in our apartment, I hung a series of vertical 4 x 6 b+w photos I had taken at a widelife park: imagine close-up camels and giraffes nose-into-my-lens. It was quirky and fun, but haven't replicated it at our condo now. I LOVE that you have book covers, so simply and sophisticated : )

At December 5, 2012 at 10:28 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Thank you! I love the idea of 'animal portraits' that must have been adorable! It would look awesome with some many different types of pictures like vintage portraits, pictures of the ocean, sunsets, ... the options are truly endless. Thanks for stopping by!

At December 6, 2012 at 2:41 PM , Anonymous Suz said...

how did you attach them to wall? tape? glue?

At December 6, 2012 at 2:53 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

3M Command strips!

At January 8, 2013 at 9:15 PM , Blogger Kim said...

You should totally upload your collage to the Penguin books link on Amazon. Someone else loaded a picture of the framed postcards, but I like yours way better.

At January 9, 2013 at 12:51 PM , Anonymous charleston forge furniture said...

I usually do not post in blogs but yours is amazing and good work.

At January 9, 2013 at 1:37 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Interesting I never thought of doing that. I'll have to look into it. Thanks for the suggestion!

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