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Make your own holiday cards this year

Sending holiday greeting cards doesn’t have to be a chore this year. Get creative and tap into your inner “Martha” by making your own holiday cards. Not only is it fun, but you can customize each card for your friends and family.

Design online

Shutterfly and Photoworks are two great options for making your own holiday cards online! There are easy-to-use templates designed to help you get started and dozens of color and decoration options to fit your style. You can simply upload your favorite images to add to your card.

Instead of a holiday card, you might want to design your own photo book or photo calendar! These web-based design sites allow you to design fully-customizable books and calendars too. Consider creating a holiday recipe book or calendar for your family.

Despise hand-addressing all your holiday cards? With Shutterfly, they'll do it for you after you design your card. Easy as pie!

 

Design by hand

If you love arts 'n crafts, then make your own holiday greeting cards. There are some fabulous new products on the market to help you style your cards from chic to glam. Grab some patterned cardstock, festive holiday ribbon, scissors, glue, and some family pictures for this crafty project.

Martha Stewart has a new line of colored glitter available in dozens of colors. If you aren't into loose glitter but still want some sparkle, opt for glittered scrapbook paper! There are dozens of holiday designs you can use to create matting for a holiday picture. You can also add a touch of glam with stick-on rhinestones that you can adorn to cut-out snowflakes or ribbon.

Try out fun shapes for your holiday cards such as ornaments, snowflakes, or wreaths. Your holiday card doesn't have to be the traditional rectangle or square. Get creative by cutting out a simple tree silhouette and adorning it with your holiday greeting and green rhinestones. Top with a gold star or simple gold bow and enjoy your hand-crafted card.

Try out scissors that give a scallop or zig-zag edge to your papers too. Or simply glue down a family picture and top with a holiday ribbon. If you need some inspiration, do a search for holiday printable templates to find dozens of easy-to-print templates that you can decorate and add to your holiday cards. The kids will also love helping out with this fun project.

Remember to include extra postage if your card is thick or heavy with decorations.

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