Are you looking for some handmade Christmas card ideas? I think that, even in this era of e-cards, there’s really nothing nicer than getting a hand-addressed Christmas card in the mail. And it’s an especially personal way to send the ubiquitous, generic gift card that seems to have replaced the carefully chosen and wrapped presents of yore. They’re easy on the giver and probably easier on some recipients, but plastic doesn’t have much soul.
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You can run out to the shopping centre and buy some boxed greeting cards, of course. But there’s still time to create your family’s own personalised Christmas cards and here are some super fun ideas for them:
Re-Invent the Family Portrait
There you all are, scrubbed up and in your matching sweaters for the annual family picture. Oh look, Junior – or the family dog — is wearing reindeer antlers. There’s no denying he’s cute, but it’s not as if no one’s ever thought of doing it before.
This is the year to bust out and try something new that will be fun for all of you to do and fun for everyone who’s lucky enough to be on your mailing list.
There are lots of ways to include your greeting right in the picture. Make a set of poster cards with one word on each so that every member of the family is holding part of the message. If you want, you could make a purposeful mistake so that someone is holding his or her card upside down. You could also make a banner to hang in your scene, write your greeting on a chalkboard, use children’s alphabet blocks to spell out the message, or if you’re baking, write it out with icing.
There are a few simple things to remember so that your personalized card shows the family to its best advantage. That doesn’t mean it has to be perfect… unless you all are, of course. If you’re not recreating an otherwise recognizable tableau, aim for easy poses, natural smiles, and even laughter. Watch out for awkward juxtapositions with items in the background; you don’t want it to look as if a chandelier, for example, is growing out of the top of dad’s head.
As for everyone’s clothes, and again, that’s if you’re not in costume, outfits, and colours don’t have to match but they should be harmonious so that the eye isn’t drawn to someone who stands out in bright green while everyone else is wearing red. Tell the kids to save their logo and graphic t-shirts for another time.
And by all means, have a good time taking the pictures. It will show!
What do you think of these handmade Christmas card ideas? Do you have any tips to share?