Make a Custom Christmas Card from a Photo

Many years ago my cousin sent us a Christmas card which had a sketch of the front of their home with a red wreath. I always thought it was a unique idea, and this year I tried making one of my own.

This tutorial on how to make a custom Christmas card from a photo is super simple, and you will love the result.

2015 Christmas Home Tour Front Door ~

Start with a photo of your front door.

Custom Christmas Card -Front Door Sketch-

Using a photo editor turn it into a black and white sketch. I used this one: Picture to People.

Photo in Microsoft word ~

Then insert the image into Microsoft Word.

Using a landscape layout, make a copy of the image and size the photos to fit the bottom half of the page.

Greeting in Microsoft Word

Then on a second page, also at the bottom half, type your message.

DIY Custom Christmas Card - full page -

Print out the two pages and take them to an office supply store and have them photocopy the images onto one page. I picked up a pretty white metallic card stock for this project.

DIY Custom Christmas Card final sq -

Then my daughter added a touch of color by using some markers to color in the wreaths.

Cut them in half and fold. They fit perfectly into standard A4 invitation size envelopes. We ended up with 100 cards, from 50 pack of card stock which was a little more than we needed, but I really like the way they turned out.

Of course you could use any photo for this project. Perhaps you would like to use your Christmas tree or a decorated mantel. The possibilities are many, and I hope you are inspired to try this idea your own photos.

Custom Christmas Card pin -







About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. Kathy Estep says:

    When I opened your Greeting card, I immediately recognized your front porch from other tutorials. Love the card! I may get Nikki to help me try this next year?

  2. It’s beautiful! And such a personal card.

  3. What a great idea, Patti! And they look beautiful! You could keep one copy to frame and display every year!

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