DIY Project: Printed Picture Holiday Cards

The holiday season is full of card ideas, some homemade and some store-bought. While we’ve already rounded up some great pre-made options, we thought it would be great to share some DIY ideas, too. Like so many people, we love documenting and sharing photos around the D*S office, so we wanted to find a simple way to turn our favorite photos into holiday cards. Using our office printer we turned some of our favorite team and family photos into cards using only paper, scissors and glue. If you’ve got a printer, a few extra minutes and great family photo or two, you’ve got everything you need to make homemade cards to send your loved ones this holiday season. xo, grace

This post is presented by Canon PIXMA Wireless All-in-One Printers. PIXMA Printing Solutions (PPS) lets you print photos or documents directly from select popular online Cloud services.



The full how-to continues after the jump!

This post is presented in partnership with Canon PIXMA Wireless All-in-One Printers. PIXMA Printing Solutions (PPS) lets you print photos or documents directly from select popular online Cloud services.


Glossy photo paper, 8.5×11 size
Black card stock, 8.5×11 size
Gold metallic sharpie
Glue Stick
Paper cutter (or scissors)
Printer (we used the Canon PIXMA MG7120 printer)



1. Select your favorite photo(s) and import them from your phone or camera.

2. Print your photo onto glossy photo paper at approximately 6 inches wide. You may need to print at slightly less than six inches depending on your printer’s precision. If the photo isn’t already black and white, choose black and white printing before proceeding.

3. Using your paper cutter (or scissors), cut the excess paper away from your image so you have a perfect 6″ square.

4. Write your message in gold marker or pen directly onto the printed photo.

5. Measure 8.5 inches down the length of your black card stock and trim the excess, so you have an 8.5″ square.




6. With a ruler, mark 4.25 inches on each side of the black card stock. Connect these marks with diagonal pencil lines. Fold along pencil lines to create your “envelope” flaps.

7. Glue your photo into the center square of your black envelope.

8. Decorate the exterior of the envelope flaps with your gold marker.

9. Seal with a gold sticker, address the front with gold marker, put a stamp on it (extra postage may be required for the size), and send it!

  1. Lizabeth says:

    Does the odd size of the card require more postage?

    1. Grace Bonney says:


      according to the usps page: “6.5″ x 8.75″ and square letters require a postage rate of $0.66 due to their odd sizes” so yes, a bit extra.


  2. Hotelements says:

    Love the use of black and gold…my holiday colors of choice this year! Cool and creative!


  3. Alison says:

    maybe postage is more, but if you aren’t buying the cards, it will still cost less! might have to try this. I usually make my own cards and this is adorable!

  4. Serena says:

    I can’t believe you addressed it to “Mary Christmas”… :D

  5. Carlyn says:

    What a cool idea! Thanks for giving me something to do for the holidays.

  6. I might have to use this for my new christmas sliding card. The envelope idea is really cool!!

  7. demo says:

    great and simple – definitely to use!
    thanks for the idea!

  8. Fay says:

    Max thank you for sharing! This is such a great and unique idea! I tried it out and my Xmas cards look amazing! You are a DIY genius! :-) Happy Holidays! xx Fay


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