Making the perfect photo Christmas cards doesn’t have to be expensive, or an all day event. Just follow the lead of any of the card designers below and soon you’ll have a batch of homemade Christmas cards that beat out anything store bought by a mile. So get out all of your favorite photos from this year, or make some new ones just for the card, and let’s get crafting.
1. Instagram Holiday Cards
These Instagram holiday cards are a way for you to take your favorite photos and turn them into Christmas cheer for your closest friends family. They provide instructions for how to get your photos from online form to offline form, and you’ll be able to decorate the cards in a way that is unique and will be something special for them. What’s great about these cards is that you can personalize them for each person you send them to just by using a picture of you together with them this past year. It really helps to display those special moments you’ve shared.
2. Fabric Photo Christmas Cards
These photos are cut into triangles and affixed to the front of the card. A letter is placed below each one so it can spell out Joy or Peace or Love, whatever you think encapsulates the meaning of the season, or that matches the number of people in your household. It’s nice that she’s provided all of the steps, including tips on how to avoid some problems and make the process go more smoothly. All of the materials you need for this can be picked up from a craft store on the cheap, which is a big bonus because they turn out looking fantastic.
3. Peek-a-Boo Polaroid Cards
These Christmas Cards involve taking pics like the kind that a Polaroid would spit out, but only allowing one of them to appear through the front cover of the card. There’s plenty of room on the inside to include a personal message, or to use a stamp to leave the same message for everyone. There’s also additional pictures of you and your family for them to enjoy, and it does a really good job of focusing in on your favorite one, but also giving them more to look at once they get inside.
4. Christmas Card Photo Strip
This is a very unique card that takes a photo strip like the sort you get when using a photobooth, and boxing it up special so that it’s really a card that acts like a mini gift because it comes in a box. They also give the idea of including little holiday candies inside, like peppermints or perhaps Hershey Kisses. It’s really nice that the dad is holding up a sign in the top panel which acts like the card, and there’s also space on the back of the strip to include a holiday message of your choosing. Christmas props like antlers and Santa hats go a long way.
5. Take a Creative Family Photo
When it comes to your family Christmas photo this year, don’t be boring, get creative and remember that with a bit of trick photography you can make it look like you guys are doing anything. Take this family for example, they are soaring above the rooftops a la Peter Pan and co. which is accomplished by getting a little silly sprawled out on the floor. But it’s worth it when you see the finished product. Steal their idea or come up with your own to really give your friends and family a treat this holiday season.
6. Cute and Easy Christmas Cards
We like cute, and we like easy, so these cute and easy Christmas cards really spoke to us this year. It’s very thoughtful to want to send out cards for Christmas, but for whatever reason it seems like it always gets put off to the last minute. But since these are so quick to put together you can have them done and can get them off of your mind. All she did was make a Merry Christmas banner to display above them, and then framed the shot next to a red barn to get the right rustic look.
7. Christmas Cards with Washi Tape
Washi tape is set to be your new best friend this year. It’s decorative tape that you can use just like regular Scotch tape, and it has special designs to it that fit the occasion. In this example she’s using holiday themed washi tape to hold the picture onto the card, and also as a way to decorate the envelope. You might find yourself coming up with new projects that you can use washi tape, or perhaps you already know how great it is and have a supply at the ready. These are made Christmasy with a simple banner held by mom and dad on the outside.
8. Photo Booth Style Cards
You can turn your Christmas photos into a fun time by making them photo booth style and having a good time with each other. This multi-paneled card style means you don’t have to wait around for the perfect shot, because you’re using many pictures that all go together in sort of a collage. Since the pictures will be next to each other you can do cutesy things like the way they’re giving each other a kiss across two different panels. Adding props helps you be goofy and shows off your personality so these cards get infused with traits that your family has.
9. Ribbon-Trimmed Photo Christmas Cards
The outside of these Christmas cards is rimmed with ribbon to give them a very decorative feel. They feature whichever cards you want to share with your friends and family, and do a great job of showcasing them as the main attraction. All you need is some printed photos, Christmas style ribbon of your choice that you think will look great on the card, a photo card to stick everything to, a pair of scissors, and your trusty hot glue gun. A bit of trimming and affixing and you’re good to go, all that’s left is to decide what to write on the inside of the card.
10. One Minute Photo Cards
Once you have all of the supplies assembled, these photo cards are as easy as sticking the decorative piece onto the side of the card. It will take longer than that to get everything ready, but these so remain relatively quick and easy. She’s using a stamp on a piece of decorative scrapbook paper. This allows you to customize exactly what you want it to say, and how you want it to look. After you’ve got them all pre-stamped, it’s just a matter of using glue dots to stick them to the photo. They can even double as postcards if you want to save on mailing costs.
11. Christmas Cards with PicMonkey
If you want to do all of the DIYing on your computer instead of with crafts, these Christmas Cards let you use PicMonkey, an online photo editor. She walks you through all of the steps of finding the font and how to align the picture so it looks the best. She also gives tips on how to take a great family picture without necessarily getting the perfect family picture, and how to feel OK about it. The end result is a professional looking card that doesn’t take long, and only requires a bit of computer skills to pull off.
12. Photo-Lined Holiday Envelopes
If you’ve already got a bunch of pre-printed Christmas cards but still want to include a photo, here’s a way to make it so the envelope is the photo. Even though this looks complicated, the instructions are pretty easy, and basically involves cutting out your photo to fit just right inside the envelope, and then gluing it on. When someone opens your card they’ll be surprised to see that the envelope is actually lined on the side with a picture. For best results you’ll want to get the photos printed onto regular paper, and not photo paper so it’s thin and doesn’t make it hard to close the envelope.
13. Easy DIY Photo Cards
These photo cards feature your pictures on one side, and a special holiday message on the right side. They come out looking like you’ve gotten them professionally done, but it’s all easy to do once you have the template she used. Since you won’t be hiring a professional to make these, you end up saving a good amount of money by doing it yourself, and it just takes a bit of vision and pre-planning how you want them to turn out. Once you know how you want them to look when you’re finished, it’s just a matter of putting the pictures in the right places.
14. Changing Face Snowman
This snowman card is a lot of fun because it’s interactive for the recipient. They won’t be able to help themselves when they see the little “Pull” tab by the snowman’s head. Once they do they’ll see that there are all of the family members that become the snowman by poking their head into the circle. As long as they keep pulling there will be other faces to take the place until everyone has been included. You draw the snowman onto white and blue cardstock, and you’ll need to resize the photos until they fit just right in the snowman’s head circle.