{Buy or DIY} 3 Creative Holiday Card Ideas

Now that it’s the second week of December (can you believe it?!), the holiday season is in full swing, and it’s time to buy a party dress, bake up some treats and send out your Christmas cards! The big day is nearing, but it’s not too late to come up with something great. Depending on how creative you’re feeling this season—and how much spare time you have—here are three ideas for spreading good cheer.


If sending out cards is just another thing to cross off your holiday to-do list, Minted will help you get the job done quickly and stylishly. Just upload your photo, and you’ll see it appear in hundreds of holiday card designs. Once you choose one, it’s easy to customize—pick signature, premium recycled or pearlescent (my favorite!) paper; add your words; choose flat or folded cards (the latter comes with more options); pick an envelope (and even a printed lining if you’re feeling fancy); place the order and you’re done.

Middle of the Road

If you’re feeling a little more creative but don’t want to spend hours creating a design in Photoshop, Blue Brush Studio has done the work for you. Visit this store on Etsy.com to purchase a template you can download, add your photo to and customize to your liking. Once you’re done, just send them to your local printer. Not only are the designs cutely unique, but also affordable—photo templates start at just $3.

Go All Out

Better Homes & Gardens has some great ideas for making your own cards. If you’re feeling crafty and have the patience to hand-make enough to accommodate your list, this can turn into a fun tradition with your husband or family to kick-start the holiday festivities. The handwritten note inside is what will really make it special, but I can’t resist jingle bells at Christmas—and think how amusing it will be for your friends and family to receive some in the mail!

Tell us: What kind of cards are you sending this year?

About Kelsey Bjelland

Kelsey is a professional journalist, web producer, aspiring event stylist and baker extraordinaire. After taking the plunge and moving from rural Montana to downtown Chicago in 2009, she took an internship at a local bridal magazine. Shortly after, she discovered her two loves—the wedding scene and a boy from Alabama. Those experiences inspired her to launch Pearls & Frosting, a dual-function website dedicated to connecting wedding vendors to share business advice and to providing intimate profiles of those vendors to future brides. By day, Kelsey is an assistant editor for several management consulting publications, a freelance magazine writer and a self-professed Pinterest addict. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Medill at Northwestern University.

2 Comments on {Buy or DIY} 3 Creative Holiday Card Ideas

  1. Shannon Kelly
    December 5, 2011 at 1:23 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing these card ideas. As an artistically challenged person, who also loves personalized things today’s websites have been a blessing. Upload a photo customize a few things, and I’ve got a beautiful one of a kind card I can actually be proud of. I personally used Americangreetings.com this year since they have good discounts on a daily basis, but I’ll have to check out the photo template idea for upcoming events.

  2. elaine
    December 12, 2011 at 12:17 pm (4 years ago)

    these are so cute!!


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