Good morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I’m writing this post on Tuesday since starting tomorrow we are hosting family through Sunday! First my side of the family for Thanksgiving, and then my husband’s side over the weekend. Bugaboo is beyond excited to spend time with family and I am looking forward to seeing everyone too. I like Thanksgiving food but, honestly, not as much as a lot of people. My favorite part of the holiday is playing games – our favorite lately has been dominos, and Bugaboo loves Bingo. I printed this fun Thanksgiving Bingo game to play during the day with him from CrazyLittleProjects. We’ve already played it earlier this month and it was a big hit. This year the Packers game is on Thursday night so we are all looking forward to that!
I am so excited to start posting Christmas crafts!! My favorite kind of crafting! Seriously, I just love Christmas and love crafting anything related to the holiday! Warning – I may start using too many exclamation points as I talk about Christmas – its hard not to! Last year I had a lot of fun posting a series I called “12 Days of a Handmade Christmas“. It was my mission to make as many of my gifts handmade and found I really enjoyed it. Not only did we save a lot of money, but I had a lot of fun making the gifts. This year I don’t have quite as much time now that I have two little ones who aren’t always on the same nap schedule. Our gifts this year are a combination of handmade and store-bought. I’m really excited about the handmade gifts this year and will again be sharing them in my second series of “12 Days of a Handmade Holiday”.
Between now and Christmas, I’ll have 12 posts with 12 different DIY projects ranging from decorations to cards and lots of gift ideas! Some are bigger projects and some are quick and easy – and there will, of course, be some fun free printables and patterns! Be sure to check out last year’s “12 Days of Handmade Christmas” for more DIY projects for the holiday! Happy Holiday crafting, everyone!! :)
On to today’s project – DIY Holiday Photo Cards! I am so excited about these. Last year we ordered photo cards from Shutterfly with some great coupon codes. While they turned out really nice, I wanted to give homemade cards a shot. I am so happy I did. They have been our least expensive cards to date and I loved how custom I was able to make them. We decided to use a photo of our family taken at the our local zoo’s dinosaur exhibit. All four of us are sitting on top of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. It is such a funny photo we thought we’d go for it and create a fun cheesy dinosaur card – because why not, right? (The photos I used to photograph these cards for this post are not our family photos. I found these fun stock photos from freedigitalphotos.net).
Below is the tutorial for creating your own photo card. I used Photoshop to design the cards and have included them as free printables – on the rare chance you, too, want a dinosaur holiday Card!
Supplies Needed for DIY Holiday Photo Cards:
- Free Printable: (Free download for personal use only!)
- White card stock (I use 110 lb Bright White)
- A7 Envelopes
- Corner Punch (optional)
- Glitter Glue
- Glue stick, Easy Stick, tape for adhering your photo
- Paper cutter
STEP 1: Create a card design in Photoshop or print off one of the free card printables under Supplies Needed. If you are creating a design in Photoshop, size your document to 5″x7″ and choose a resolution of 400 pixels/inch or more. I typically go with 500.
I printed 2 cards per page to not waste any paper.
STEP 2: Cut out cards using a paper cutter or scissors. For a nice touch, you can use a corner punch to round the corners of your card. I was excited to do this since I have never paid extra for the rounded corners when I’ve ordered cards before!
STEP 3: Adhere your photo to the card. I had to trim my photos down to fit the space I left for it and to go around the back of the Brontosaurus. I created a template for this so I could do this quickly.
On the holiday wreath card, I needed to cut the photo in a circle. This is easiest with a circle punch if you have one! I used an Easy Stick to adhere the photos which was a quicker way than using a glue stick or tape.
STEP 4: Embellish with glitter glue! I wanted the cards to have a little sparkle but didn’t want glitter to get on the recipient. Glitter glue turned out to be perfect for this and it was really quick! I used a toothpick to pick up any excess glitter glue.
I made 40 cards and spent $13.64 (minus stamps) so each card cost 34 cents! That’s pretty awesome in my book! I had several items on hand which is how I kept the cost down – that, plus coupons! Those Joann Fabrics coupons can really make a difference – especially the 60% off an item. I kept the background of the cards white so as to not use up too much ink and printed two cards to a page so I only used 20 sheets of paper! The paper I used is my go-to white card stock which I use for everything – including another holiday gift I’ll be posting about soon! You can find a source list for all of the supplies below. I included the price I paid for each just so you could see how I kept the cost down :)
- A7 Envelopes – Joann Fabric (50 envelopes for $5.20 with coupon)
- White card stock – Office Depot (250 sheets for $17.99, so just $1.44 for 20 sheets)
- Photos – Shutterfly (free with a coupon)
- Glitter glue – Joann Fabric ($1.00 with coupon)
- Easy Stick pack of 4 – Joann Fabric ($6 with coupon)
- Martha Stewart Crafts Corner Punch, Rounder (had on hand)
- Cricut 29-0012 Trimmer (had on hand)
What do you think? Do you make your own Holiday cards? It’s definitely a bit of a time commitment, but two Christmas movies later and my cards were all set to go! I’ll be back Monday with the Second Day of a Handmade Holiday!