A Weekend of Holiday Cheer and Handmade Cards


By Lauren Maloy, Public Programs Manager 

The holidays may be over, and a new year begun, but the National Postal Museum’s Education staff are still basking in the glow of an extremely successful Holiday Card Workshop, which took place on December 7th and 8th. This program is a beloved annual event that has grown over the years into something truly special. When the card workshop began over a decade ago, participants numbered in the enthusiastic hundreds. The 2019 event brought over 4,800 visitors through the National Postal Museum’s doors. However, the quantity of visitation has not decreased the quality of this program, as the museum’s staff put hours of thought and preparation into this event to ensure a smooth experience for all. This program appeals to every ability level as beginners and experienced crafters alike attend to make homemade cards for their loved ones.

It’s impossible to do this event description justice with words alone, so please enjoy some of our favorite images from this year’s program.

A bustling Saturday morning and beginning of the event... 

Museum packed with people of all ages, crafting supplies, and holiday decorations

Want some guidance? Museum staff put together “Inspiration Boards” for each card-making event to show you exactly what supplies you’ll need to make beautiful cards. 

A bulletin board of sample homemade cards to serve as inspiration

Scott, the National Postal Museum's Conservator, assists visitors with the embossing machine.

Man prepares paper to be run through embossing machine while two visitors wait

Visitors carefully select supplies.

Young child selects postage stamps from a plastic bin
Two children pick through an assortment of patterned paper squares
Visitors take ribbon, scissors, markers from table of craft supplies

The serious business of making cards.

Child stands next to adult who holds up and looks at finished holiday card
Child and adult work on cards at table; adult writes with a marker
Young adult draws with marker on card

A happy crafter full of holiday cheer. 

Youth in festive hat holds marker and smiles at camera

A thoughtful message and piece of postal art.

Visitor holds up completed holiday card with the following message "Manny, Sending you warm wished this Christmas. We love and miss you! We are making Christmas cards at the Postal Museum in Washington, DC."

We invite you to make your own handmade creations at the museum’s equally popular Valentine’s Day Card Workshop on Saturday, February 8th and Sunday, February 9th from 10 am to 4 pm on both days. This event, like our Holiday Card Workshop, is completely free and requires no advance registration. Mark your calendars to attend this bustling, joyful public program with your friends and family in February.

If you prefer a quieter crafting environment, please also take note that attendees of our February Wine & Design can make as many valentines as they please – within a two-hour time frame, of course. This smaller program takes place on Thursday, February 13th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Pre-registration online is encouraged ($15), and at-the-door tickets are $20 (cash only). Find out more about our Wine & Design program at: postalmuseum.si.edu/wine-and-design