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Store-bought holiday cards will be shaking in their envelopes.
We’ve got a DIY recipe for turning your photos into holiday cards that double as ornaments.
That’s right. Your photos won’t just deliver your written warm wishes and witticisms, but they’ll decorate trees (and doorknobs and rear view mirrors), too!
Bust out your camera ’cause this is the year your photos pull double holiday duty!
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Why ’tis the season for cool cards:
Every holiday season, a mass of cards are bought in bulk from stores and sent out to loved ones, wishing them all the best for the season. Once the holidays are over, many of them end up in recycling bins. [sad face!]
Combining the best wishes of a greeting card with the keepsake value of an ornament gives you a card that will be kept instead of tossed!
Plus, it’ll leave your rad artsy Auntie talking about your creative skills for years.
The nice ingredients list:
- Your favourite Christmas ornaments
- Glue or double-sided tape
- A hole-punch
- Colourful string or ribbon
- A digital camera
Step 1 – Immortalize your favourite ornament:
Step 2 – Flip it around and print:
You will need to make two copies of every ornament picture. The first was just as you photographed it in Step 1. Since you’ll be putting these together in a card, with a front and a back, you need to flip the image horizontally to make the back side of the card.
In Photoshop, go Image > Image Rotation > Flip Canvas Horizontal. Print both copies of the image.
Step 3 – Trim the
Step 4 – One row of glue
Step 5 – Make it holey
Step 6 – Stamp it with love
Then, personalize your ornamental creation with messages of well-wishes and love. You’ll not only see your handwork on your love ones’ tree this year, but you’ll see it next year and the year after that, too!
Step 7 – Send it!
Then it’s just a matter of waiting for it to show up on their tree!
Deck the halls with more ideas
- Test out your origami chops and make your ornament go 3D
- If your photolab carries it, ask for metallic paper (also known as “pearl paper”) for an added layer of shine built right in.
- Make ornaments out of cherished pet photos or pictures of old cameras. Anything can be made into an ornament!