I began collecting postcards way back in 2010 when I had taken up snail mailing a year earlier and began receiving postcards from my pen pals around the world as little inserts in their letters to me. My passion for postcard collecting then started and I began to favour the amazing photography and artwork postcards you could get rather than the traditional view card. I set up a Postcrossing account where you get an address for a random person in the world and send them a postcard, in return you get a postcard from some other random person in the world. The great thing about Postcrossing is that everyone who takes part is genuinely interested in postcards and you can state your preferences on your profile too, mine being angels, photography, vintage, folklore and fairies, Paris and pink as you can probably tell from the pictures below! I now have over 2,000 postcards and I thought it was high time to put some of them to good use and have them on view as art in my home.
As my house is a rental property I can't paint it how I want, I can't put hooks in the walls for hanging pictures so I'm stuck for decoration really. Postcards are such a cheap yet effective way to decorate your home. Some of the cards I now have on my wall would have looked gorgeous in frames too but I wanted to create a collage in my bedroom so I could wake up every morning and see some pretty sights instead of a plain beige coloured wall - how very boring, right?! I choose some of my favourite cards, got some blue tack and stuck them to the wall. The best thing about my 'art' is that I know which country each card came from, who sent it and have the memories connected to the ones I picked up myself, namely the Paris cards and the blonde Dutch girl card which I picked up in Amsterdam. I have so many other cards which I want to add to this little collage but it will take some time trying to fit them around and position them correctly on the wall. My beautiful and sentimental cards are a much lovelier sight than boring beige!
Considering that the average price of a postcard is 45 cent that would make my little collage of art €22.95, a bargain price for something so unique and beautiful to decorate my home with and most importantly a decoration which no one else will have, I love having something unique, it makes it far more special.
Do you like my little collage? Would you or have you ever used postcards to decorate your home?
Stay pretty people!