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Vintage Charm Chain

By: Melony Bradley

This nostalgic Vintage Charm Chain by Melony Bradley links multiple postcards using key rings. You might know someone that is leaving soon and want to encourage them to write to you. This homemade vintage charm chain is a great DIY gift idea to remind your loved one of home. They say distance makes the heart grow fonder, and that might be true, but a handmade postcard charm chain takes the cake.

Vintage Charm Chain



  • 1-inch wide wood strip
  • Hand saw
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Scanned and sized, printed postcards
  • Heavy paper
  • Scissors
  • Podge
  • Foam brush
  • Small hand drill (to pierce wood)
  • Keyrings


  1. Measure and cut the pieces so that they are rectangular, resembling a letter or postcard. Sand any uneven edges and wipe pieces with a tack cloth.
  2. Paint the wood pieces, front and back.
  3. Once your pieces are painted, print out the scanned and sized postcards. Remember to scan both the front and back of them as you will want to finish the front and back of the charm.
  4. Cut them out with small sharp scissors.
  5. Now it is time to decoupage. I like to use Aleenes Collage Pauge, along with a foam brush.
  6. dry brush the edges using DecoArt's Lamp Black.
  7. Pierce holes in the wood using a small hand drill.
  8. Add any embellishments you want, such as beads or gems.

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This is a really great idea, but take it one step further and create vintage charms using polymer clay, transfers to make a bracelet or necklace. Oh! the ideas popping into my it!


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