DIY Vintage Christmas Postcard Poinsettia…

Hey y’all…I’m so excited to show you a sneak peek of one of my Christmas decorations!

You know those serendipitous moments – the ones that are few and far between? I had one of those moments while I was crafting this week. A Christmas decoration idea suddenly came to me, I had all of the materials in my home already and I got a chance to take out my beloved vintage Christmas postcards to use for my project. Aren’t they beautiful?

DIY Vintage Christmas Postcard Poinsettia. Simply photocopy the backs of vintage postcards. Cut out poinsettia leaf shapes and glue together.These cards are the real deal…dated from 1900 to 1913. I have been collecting them for many years now and I prefer the cards with Santa Clauses on the front. And, as pretty as the fronts of the postcards are, I am drawn to the back of the cards as well. I like to read what people wrote to loved ones at Christmastime – what part of the country was the card sent from, whom was it delivered to and I’m really intrigued by the penmanship. I thought that the pretty neutral and creamy white postcard backs would be perfect for what I had in mind.

So…I placed several cards on the photocopier. I chose to print on both sides of heavy card stock.

DIY Vintage Christmas Postcard Poinsettia. Simply photocopy the backs of vintage postcards. Cut out poinsettia leaf shapes and glue together.This is what it looks like after printing…isn’t it pretty?

DIY Vintage Christmas Postcard Poinsettia. Simply photocopy the backs of vintage postcards. Cut out poinsettia leaf shapes and glue together.I created three leaf patterns – small, medium and large.

DIY Vintage Christmas Postcard Poinsettia. Simply photocopy the backs of vintage postcards. Cut out poinsettia leaf shapes and glue together.I stacked three printed sheets together and cut out each leaf size twice – giving me six leafs of each size.

DIY Vintage Christmas Postcard Poinsettia. Simply photocopy the backs of vintage postcards. Cut out poinsettia leaf shapes and glue together.I started with the bottom layer first and added a dab of glue to each leaf. Using a glue gun is the quickest way to complete this project, but you can also use Elmer’s Glue or any other adhesive you are happy with.

DIY Vintage Christmas Postcard Poinsettia. Simply photocopy the backs of vintage postcards. Cut out poinsettia leaf shapes and glue together.I found these floral stems a week ago at the dollar store. At the time, I didn’t know what I was going to use them for but I like the gold clusters. I glued three of these clusters onto the center of the flower.

DIY Vintage Christmas Postcard Poinsettia. Simply photocopy the backs of vintage postcards. Cut out poinsettia leaf shapes and glue together.I pulled back each leaf layer so that the flower wasn’t flat.

DIY Vintage Christmas Postcard Poinsettia. Simply photocopy the backs of vintage postcards. Cut out poinsettia leaf shapes and glue together.This is what it looks like…I love it! One down, 20 more to go 🙂

DIY Vintage Christmas Postcard Poinsettia. Simply photocopy the backs of vintage postcards. Cut out poinsettia leaf shapes and glue together.I really like how the green stamps stand out as well as the postal cancellation and markings…do you see the 1909 postmark?

DIY Vintage Christmas Postcard Poinsettia. Simply photocopy the backs of vintage postcards. Cut out poinsettia leaf shapes and glue together.

DIY Vintage Christmas Postcard Poinsettia. Simply photocopy the backs of vintage postcards. Cut out poinsettia leaf shapes and glue together.So, what do you think? This was quick, fun and easy and will make a huge impact on our tree. I can’t wait!

Comments

  1. says

    You’ve out done yourselves with his one! Love serendipitous crafty moments ~ and this one is marvelous. Love everything ~ the use of postcards to create paper, the clever flower paper craft, the end result is beautiful. Can’t wait to see how you use them!! Bwg ~~~

    • says

      Hello Bobbi-
      YES! We love when we have an idea and don’t even need to leave the house to collect materials. It keeps the creativity flowing 🙂 Stay tuned for our Christmas decor!

  2. says

    As a fellow lover of vintage mail, I am real inspired by these. Found you over at Your Turn to Shine Link Party, I’d love for you to come on by The Be. YOU. tiful link party and link these up. Pinning!

  3. says

    Hi there Adrienne!
    We can’t thank you enough for the invitation to your link party! So glad you introduced yourself and your blog – can’t wait to get to know you better!

  4. says

    Vicki and Jennifer, this is sooo beautiful and I LOVE how you used photocopies of vintage post cards!!! So brilliant and love that vintage look. Great idea, Lisa

  5. Books fall open says

    Received a Christmas present from a friend that was a similar commercial version & already was wondering how to make something classic-like for my daughter to give to her in-laws without spending a lot of money [rehab house & new baby]. Love this idea. I do not have tons of paper ephemera, but do have a combination of some things. I’m going to try to pull things together & try to do one for her. I like your method of cutting 3 pieces at a time. Thank you so much for sharing.