How to Display Your Favorite Travel Postcards

Get creative ideas for showcasing your vacation mementos in your home.

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Opportunities to travel our great world are abundant, and like me, you might really enjoy the wonder that comes with exploring the National Parks where your adventurous spirit can take you from Acadia National Park, all the way down to Joshua Tree in Southern California. If you’ve been so lucky to experience the wonders of the National Park Service of the United States, commemorate your visit with a beautiful print from Ranger Doug’s Enterprises. The WPA National Park serigraph series is a reproduction of the WPA's (Works Progress Administration) Federal Art Project from the 1930s and 1940s, and ranges from posters to window stickers to the postcards you see below.

How to Display Travel Postcards

How to Display Travel Postcards

Creative ways to show off all of the postcards you pick up in your travels.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

I stash my traveling treasure chest with two kinds of items as I tour this world. Samples of sand from every beach I visit, and beautiful postcards to commemorate the trips. I get a different postcard for each day of my trip, and at the end of every day I recap what we did, who we saw, and the small details that I might be sure to forget with time. The total cost for these memories is nominal, but they’re some of my favorites to look back on.

Not surprisingly, these memories rarely find themselves buried at the bottom of a box never to be looked at again; the sand samples are sorted into small glass containers, and the postcards integrate quite nicely with our home's decor.

(Fun fact for families: If you’re traveling with a 4th grader, they can get free admission to any of the national parks in the USA through the Every Kid in a Park program through August 2016. Use it to your advantage, and visit as many parks as you can.)

How to Display Travel Postcards

How to Display Travel Postcards

Creative ways to show off all of the postcards you pick up in your travels.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

If you're looking for ideas on how you can display your postcard collection, look no further:

  • Compile your collection within a shadowbox picture frame. Even without being able to read your notes on each postcard, the visuals are sure to make you happy. Bonus points if you use a router with a straight bit to create an opening in the top of the frame, sort of like an easy to deposit mail slot for your finds. This idea would also be fun for collecting ticket stubs or date night mementos, right?
How to Display Travel Postcards

How to Display Travel Postcards

Creative ways to show off all of the postcards you pick up in your travels.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

  • Clip the postcards to a vertically hung string (or strand of sparkly LED lights). Hang them horizontally too, clipped together to create a long garland of memories.
  • Frame the postcards individually (learning how to cut your own mats has its perks). Find out how to cut mat here>>
  • Pin them as an ever-growing gallery on your cork board, refrigerator or wall.
How to Display Travel Postcards

How to Display Travel Postcards

Creative ways to show off all of the postcards you pick up in your travels.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

  • Display the postcards on your office desk, beneath that protective glass sheet. Likewise, if you have a glass top dining or coffee table at home, they would look great and be preserved there, too.
How to Display Travel Postcards

How to Display Travel Postcards

Creative ways to show off all of the postcards you pick up in your travels.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

Any way you showcase them, travel postcards can become a fun and unique collection for you and your family. If you visit the beautiful National Parks, be sure to commemorate your trip with a special print from our friends at Ranger Doug’s Enterprises.

10 National Parks Where You Can Tie the Knot

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For lovers who also love the great outdoors, getting married in a national park can be a uniquely meaningful experience that's worth the extra planning.

Rocky Mountain

Rocky Mountain National Park offers gorgeous mountain and lake vistas for a wedding, like this one at Sprague Lake. Note that most sites within the park only allow gatherings of 20 or fewer people. Couples hoping for a larger gathering or more traditional facilities often choose nearby Estes instead, according to National Parks wedding photographer Maddie Mae Wilbur. Photo courtesy of Maddie Mae Photography.

Photo By: Maddie Mae Photography

Arches

The stunning rock formations create a natural canopy or “chuppah” for couples marrying in Arches. Though the park allows the assembled to celebrate with a cookout afterward, many couples head to a hotel or resort in Moab for their receptions. Photo couresy of Moab photographer Angela Hayes.

Photo By: Angela Hayes

Olympic

A popular wedding destination, Olympic National Park’s lakeside lodges can accommodate around 120 guests for a reception and slightly more for outdoor ceremonies. Set amid the park’s ancient fir and hemlock trees, Crescent Lake Lodge is a picturesque — and full-service— locale. Olympic’s Lake Quinault Lodge provides similar services in a historic venue. Photo Credit: Aramark

Photo By: Scott Eklund

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