12 Days of Christmas Crafts and Recipes: semi-homemade greeting cards

semi homemade christmas photo greeting card craft costco michael's target

I adore photo greeting cards during the holidays.  Being the crafter that I am, I tend to shy away from the printed, postcard variety you can order and like to get photos printed myself and dress them up.  This year, I had 4×6 pictures printed at Costco after using Photoshop to add a festive greeting, purchased green cardstock from Michaels on a super 4 for $1 deal and bought value packs of cards from Target to use as a base – 18 cards for only $5! The cards themselves were a little silly, but had a gorgeous, bright red background that I knew would work well with the photo I chose.  Trying to make your own cards from scratch with colored envelopes and cards from craft stores can get a bit more costly, so starting with the value packs is a great way to make your holiday cards your own without spending a lot of dough.

Here’s what you need:

semi homemade christmas photo greeting card craft costco michael's target
  • boxed cards with good background color or print
  • coordinating cardstock
  • printed photos
  • photo mounting squares (Big Lots has ‘em cheap, cheap!)
  • paper trimmer or ruler and scissors

Here’s what you do:

  1. Use your paper trimmer to cut out three 4.5 x 6.5 inch rectangles from each  sheet of 12×12 cardstock.
    semi homemade christmas photo greeting card craft costco michael's target
  2. Use photo mounting squares to affix photo to cardstock, then cardstock to face of card.
    semi homemade christmas photo greeting card craft costco michael's target
  3. Add your own personal greeting, sign, seal and deliver!

Cost: $18 for 36 cards! Only $0.50 per card…not bad! Photos were $5 at Costco, cards were $10 total at Target and cardstock for 36 cards was $3 at Michaels.


  • Big Photo Christmas Cards posted: 09 Dec at 2:46 pm

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