diy {You Make Me Happy postcard gifts}

Earlier this year I posted some about wanting to plant ‘seeds of kindness’ in others. Basically I have some of the most thoughtful and encouraging friends and family and I want to me more like them. So, I’ve been trying to find different ways to spread a little kindness to those around me. Months ago I had the idea to send a postcard to a friend, but include a few more postcards that could be passed along. Kind of a happy snail mail pay it forward. I asked my sister if she would design a simple postcard that I could have lots printed. She sent the design my way in a few days. Now months later, I am finally doing something with that design!

The idea is super simple: wrap a small stack of postcards and mail them to someone who makes your day happy along with a personalized one from you.

Step 1: Decide on your design. You can create your own or purchase a design. I used my sister’s design, which you can buy in her shop.

Step 2: Print your cards. I printed mine at overnightprints.com, all you have to do is upload the design and select your preferences. I did 4×6 postcards with rounded edges and a glossy finish. I ordered 100 and it cost less than $20.00. They have specials all the time, so I just wait and watch.

Lastly: I made stacks of 5, wrapped them in scrapbooking paper, added some tape & baker’s twine.

They aren’t anything fancy, but if I got one written to me with a stack to mail to 5 friends – it would make me happy. Real mail (not email) is one of my favorite things! Another one of my favorite things is having a sister who is a designer and I can somehow convince her to do stuff like this for me! Thanks Lesley.

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  • Keely - I love this! I love mail, too (who doesn’t!?), and happy mail like this is my absolute favorite. I’m definitely stealing this idea. :)

  • becky dunnell - I made it one of my goals last year (and into this year) to mail more cards — I am in a card swap group and I make cards a lot as well, but they just sit there. About a month ago I finally met that goal and started using those cards! I have had more than one positive reply about how getting a simple card in the (snail) mail made their day! Now to start including a couple cards for them to send! What an awesome idea!

  • amber - Super cute & fun. I love happy mail too…but who wouldn’t;)?! And sisters are really the greatest. Especially little sisters with talent…who still listen to their older sisters:}.

  • kimberly oyler - looooooove. i so wouldn’t be mad if i opened my mailbox to this. what a great idea.

  • Mirys - Lesley is REEEEEAAAAALLLLYYYYY super criative and lovely! I love the postcards! Any chance you send some of them to Brazil???

    Kisses and blessings.
    Mirys – from the Diary of the 3 Musketeers

    PS: the post from yesterday was one of the most touching you have ever written! Priceless!!!

  • Ashley - I would certainly feel loved if I received this in the mail! Such a great idea to plant seeds of kindness!

  • Carrie - This is such a lovely idea – who wouldn’t love to receive something other than bills and junk mail?!
    I remember doing something like this at school for Mothers Day maaaaany years ago (!!) and we taped a few sunflower seeds to the cards too…that way, hopefully, as well as a card you get flowers too :-)

  • Kristin S - Love this idea! And anything Lesley does is always stellar.

  • Emily - This is a great idea! I read a blog and she sends out a postcard or letter on a regular basis (after getting in the habit by doing it every monday or so) and I’ve wanted to get in the habit, myself. I love these cards. (Can you do a “now you’re living in a dorm!” care package DIY, next? I’m brainstorming!)

  • hannah singer - YES. cheers to real mail.
    love these! you two creative sisters rock my socks. XO

  • Amanda - I love this idea!! Are you mailing the postcard as it is and then sending the stack of 5 separately in an envelope (same day/different day?)

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators - I would love to receive that in the mail! How fun it is to create and come up with ideas with your sister (that’s one of my favourite things too).

  • Amanda Rydell - Love this!!!
    Snail mail is the best!! And whom ever receives these from you
    will have a day full of sunshine.

  • Tina - Oh man I saw this two days too late! We just moved, and I got a great picture for a moving announcement, and ordered the picture…then realized it’d be nice to have the postcard-like backing to mail them out. So I think I’ll be doing it the hard way of adding cardstock. (I just got the pictures, I can’t justify redoing the project, as much as I’d like to!) Or just letting go and putting stickers on the back. :) Those are lovely.

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh! that is soo cool! You know how I feel about real mail! It rocks! Awesome job, Lesley! High five with the design :)

  • Jennifer@Godstellations.com - A lovely idea to keep real mail alive!

  • Mirys - You INSPIRE me! Every single day! And I wrote about it at my blog (diariodos3mosqueteiros(dot)blogspot(dot)com(dot)br/2013/06/bc-quem-te-inspira-na-blogsfera-diario). Thanks for writting!!!

    Kisses and blessings.
    Mirys – from Brazil

  • Seamingly Sarah - They look awesome! And I disagree with you, everything you seem to do comes out looking fancy to me. It’s all a matter of perspective. =) We love real mail here too. Especially my 5 year old who has discovered the love of receiving letters! Everyday she asks if any of the mail is for her. Thank goodness for grandmas, aunts and her other 5 year old friends who crave mail.

  • Aja - I just love this idea! One of my goals this year was to be a better friend/sister/daughter/etc as well.. this is such a sweet and easy way to brighten someone’s day! Thanks for sharing!

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