DIY Holiday Photo Cards

Do you send out holiday cards? Some years I do, some years I don't. Last year I bought cards and forgot to send them out. Oops. I prefer doing photo cards, but the templates aren't always great and it's frustrating to have to buy a preset quantity, such as 25 or 50, when I only need a specific number of cards. Budgets also get tight this time of year. Spending $1.50 to $2 per card for 50 cards after buying Christmas gifts isn't always feasible. This year I used PowerPoint to create holiday cards to save both time and money.

Step-by-step instructions on how to create the cards are below. The cards can be emailed or printed, depending on your preference.  If printing, I recommend printing the cards at home on cardstock. I find that the printing quality at places like CVS and Target can be highly variable.

1. Create a new PowerPoint presentation. Click on the Design tab along the top, then Slide Size in the right corner. Set your desired card size. I chose 4 inches by 6 inches. 

2. While on the Design tab, select your desired background. You can make it a solid color or a pattern. Alternatively, you can select Format Background in the right corner to upload a custom background. If you plan on printing the cards, add a blank slide for the back of the card. Do so by returning to the Home tab and clicking New Slide. 

3. Move to the Insert tab and click Text Box. Type in your desired message. 

4. Highlight the text and move to the Home tab. Change the font, szie, and color of the text as desired. I used Bodoni MT and Edwardian Script ITC. 

5. Go back to the Insert tab, and select Pictures. Locate the desired pictures on your computer and insert them into the document. Play with the scale and orientation of the images until you find an arraignment you like.

6. Click File, then Save As. Save the file as a PPT or PPTX first in case you decide to make changes the card.

7. If you plan on sending the card imbedded in an email or sending it to a place like CVS or Target to print, select JPG, PNG, or TIFF as the Save as type when saving a second time.

If you plan on printing the cards at home using letter sized cardstock, duplicate the slides for the front and back of the card. Do so by right clicking each slide and selecting Duplicate slide. The order of the slides should be front, front, back, back.

Select File then Print. Under the Settings list of the printing menu, select 2 slides per pages and Print on Both Sides. Print as many cards as desired.

1 comment:

  1. This is such a great idea! I love simple ways to save money like this!