Last Minute Postalpix Print Place Setting Ideas for your Holiday Table!

These super cute, super easy place setting ideas can be made the day of your party with little effort ! Just grab your Postalpix prints and a few items you may already have lying around the house, and follow a few simple steps ! Your guests will have a blast going around the table looking at everyone’s photos!

Use a Pinecone and place your print on top! Add some glitter to make it extra special !

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Make a tiny wreath with a sprig of Rosemary ! Add some flowers you may having lying around!

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Grab a baby pumpkin and cut a thin slit in the stem, place your Postalpix in the slit, and everyone will love it !

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Use clothes pins to hold your Postalpix place setting, add a sprig of Rosemary and some Gold leaf if you’re extra fancy !

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Collect some wine corks, and paint or gold leaf the bottom. Cut a slit in the top and slide your Postalpix print in !

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Holiday Memory Mobile

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This is the perfect DIY for displaying your holiday memories ! Ask each member of the family to clip on their favorite prints, and get creative with the decor ! 

Supplies: 

3 embroidery hoops in varying sizes

Mini clothespins

Glue Gun

Jute String

Ornaments 

Postalpix Prints 

STEP 1: Grab your string and cut 3 pieces about 3 1/2 ft in length. Begin wrapping your string around the largest embroidery hoop, 3-4 times, be sure to leave 6 inches at the top for hanging. Measure another 6 inches, and again, wrap the string 3-4 times around the medium sized embroidery hoop, Measure another 6 inches, and again, wrap the string 3-4 times around the smallest embroidery hoop. 

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STEP 2: Repeat STEP 1 with remaining pieces of string, covering the perimeter of the hoops.  Cut off leftover string from bottom.

STEP 3: At this point, you should be able to grab the remaining strings at the top, and tie them together, in order to hang your mobile.

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STEP 4: Add small dots of glue around the perimeter of your hoops, place your mini clothespins, and wait for glue to dry. Make sure your mobile’s hanging for easier application.

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STEP 5: Decorate with ornaments ! Instead of using hooks, use your jute string for a more rustic look. 

STEP 6: Clip on your Postalpix Prints!

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STEP 7: Hang in a cute corner, over your holiday table or in front of a window so that it twists in the wind ! 

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BONUS STEP: Tie a long piece of string down the center of the mobile, secured at the top. Clip one of your mini clothespins at the bottom, and tie an ornament for an extra layer !

Glimmering Fall Memory Garland !

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The whole family will appreciate the fun that goes into making this one! With just a few simple items, you can hang your Postalpix proudly with this super fun ‘Fall Garland’! The glimmering colors and the hanging leaves make this perfect to display proudly in front of a window, for extra sparkle! If your ready to have some family fun and add some holiday decor with meaning to your home, then lets go! 

Supplies :

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-Fall Leaves from your favorite tree

-Jute twine or string

-Glue (glue pens work great here!) 

-Glitter, use gold if your extra fancy

-Gold leaf 

-(Optional) – Use paint brush to spread glue if you don’t have a pen

STEP 1: Gather your leaves and choose 4 that are the flattest, and similar in size. Spread glue on the back of each leaf, and sprinkle your glitter over top. Set aside and let dry!

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STEP 2: Grab 3-5 Postalpix prints, and spread glue across the back. Apply your Gold Leaf sheets, and carefully secure onto the back of your prints. Set-aside and let dry completely. This step can get a little messy, but have fun with your gold leaf, and layer for texture!

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STEP 3: Once your glue has dried, use scissors or a hole punch, to poke a small hole in the top of your Postalpix prints. 

STEP 4: Cut 9 pieces of twine, at about 6 inches long. Cut another piece of twine about 4- 5 ft long.

STEP 5: Grab the 6 inch pieces you cut, and tie a knot onto each Postalpix and leaf. Use the stems of the leaves and the holes you poked in the prints to do this. Leave at least 3-4 inches of string to hang. 

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STEP 6: Take your leaves and prints, and tie each component about 5-7 inches apart onto the longest piece of twine. 

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STEP 7: Hang in front of a window and watch it spin and sparkle in the wind all season long while you cherish your memories!

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Halloween Hostess Gift With Postalpix

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This DIY is great to give as a Hostess Gift or even to keep in the house as a beautiful reminder of what the holidays have brought us today (pumpkins and flowers!), and in the past (postalpix memories!). Creating something by hand, as well as attaching a precious memory makes this gift one of the most thoughtful you can give this season. We hope you enjoy making this fun holiday DIY!

Supplies : 

-Postalpix Print

-Pumpkin

-Bouquet beautiful flowers

-Foam or Floral Foam 

-String 

-Paper Filling 

-Knife + Spoon

-Extra Decor (Optional)

-Chalk Paint + Chalk (Optional)

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STEP 1: Slice! Begin slicing off the top quarter portion of the pumpkin, a little more than you would for a jack-o-lantern.

 

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STEP 2: Carve! Carve off the entire top portion, and set aside.

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STEP 3: Scoop! Scoop out the ‘guts’ and seeds from inside of the pumpkin, try to get all of the strings and create a clean surface. Don’t forget to save those seeds!

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STEP 4: Place! Grab your foam, and place inside the pumpkin, covering the bottom.  

PRO TIP: To make flowers last longer, use ‘Floral Foam’ and soak before use. 

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STEP 5: Poke! Be sure your flowers are cut to the right height for you pumpkin, and begin placing/poking them into the foam. Start from the inside-out to make things a little more organized. 

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STEP 6: Pretty! Look over your flowers and fill in any empty spots. 

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BONUS TIP: Use ‘Chalk Paint’ on the back of your Postalpix Print, and write a cute note to your friend.

STEP 7: Use your string, and tie your Postalpix Print onto the pumpkin with a bow. Add any other decor like ghosts, spider webs or even go for more of a fall theme and you can give this gift all season!

STEP 8: Fill the rest of the space in the pumpkin with your paper filling. 

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STEP 9: Give! Give to your hostess at that holiday party your going to this weekend! They’ll love this super thoughtful gift, and of course the amazing Postalpix memory they get to cherish. 

The Only Two Apps You Need to Make Travel Friends

I’ve had a love affair with traveling for as long as I can remember. It hit a fever pitch in college, when I spent 5 months studying and traveling in South America.

It was the trip of a lifetime. There was, however, one recurring issue I ran into. Making friends in new places was often difficult, especially if I only stayed for a short amount of time.

Now, over 6 years later, I use two apps to avoid this problem:

  • HelloTalk: This brilliant app connects you with native speakers of a language you’d like to learn, who also want to learn your native language. It’s like a chat app, but with built-in translation features. I’ll explain how I use it to find friends before I travel to a new country.
  • PostalPix: Yes, our own app! I use it to mail prints of my iPhone and Instagram pics to my new friends after I leave their city. It’s a great way to stay in touch. Receiving real photo prints in the mail is a lot more meaningful than sending them by text, email, WhatsApp, etc.

Finding Friends Before You Visit

Wouldn’t it be great to have friends waiting for you in a city or country before you visit? Of course it would! There’s no better way to experience a new culture than with a local.

A month or so before visiting a city, start using HelloTalk to find friends there by using the custom search feature. After creating a free account, you can find the custom search area by tapping the looking glass icon in the upper right corner of the Search tab:

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Enter your destination in the “search by city” field and select a language you’d like to learn in the “native” field. I like to leave “nationality” blank because you’ll miss out on people who immigrated there and still speak the local language. This is especially true in Latin America, where the local language is almost always Spanish.

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After searching, you’ll see a list of local users that meet your criteria. Simply find language partners that look interesting and start conversions with them. A basic greeting in their language is all you need to get things started (i.e. “Hi, how are you?”).

Remember that the primary goal of HelloTalk is language learning, so no need to write something charming or witty. Be courteous to your partners and help them with their language learning to whatever degree they’d like.

After getting to know your language learning partners through messaging and/or calling (HelloTalk has free voice calls), you’ll get a feel for who would make sense to meet with in person.

Always be cautious and use common sense when meeting up with people offline! It’s a good idea to meet for the first time in a public area with plenty of people around. If you’re weary of meeting with someone solo, you can also organize a group gathering with a few of your language partners. HelloTalk makes this easy with their group chat feature, which you can access at the top right corner of the main conversations screen.

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Keeping In Touch After Departing

Unfortunately, the time will come when you have to leave your new friends and return home. Aside from continuing to communicate though HelloTalk, I like to use an unconventional method to stay in touch: Sending photo prints in the mail with PostalPix!

Chances are you snapped a lot of photos with your phone when you were visiting, hopefully some of which included your new friends. Rather than texting or emailing the photos, you can use PostalPix to send real prints to your friends in the mail. We can print and ship any photo from your iPhone, Android, or Instagram account.

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All you have to do is download PostalPix, select the photos you’d like to send, and enter the address of your friend. You can even duplicate your order and send it to multiple recipients at the same time.

Address formats can vary in certain countries, so make sure you confirm how to write it in a way the local post office will understand.*

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You’ll be amazed at how excited your friends are when they receive prints in the mail. Think about it. How often do you open your mailbox and find something meaningful, like personal photographs? Probably not often, which is why it’s sure to make someone else’s day.

What’s Next

Hopefully this guide makes it easier to meet people when traveling and stay in touch with them afterwards. Now you have no excuse not to scratch that travel itch, especially for a quick solo trip.

So what are you waiting for? Download HelloTalk and PostalPix (both available on iPhone and Android) and start planning your next trip today!

*As of now, PostalPix only mails to US addresses. International mailing is in closed beta and should be available publicly soon. If you’d like to be notified when it releases, be sure to fill out this sign up form.