DIY Christmas Cards for a Penny!

DIY-Christmas-CardsI’m always looking at ways to save money, especially around the Holidays. And a simple way to save about $100 is to make my own Christmas cards.

Your options are endless with PicMonkey.com. PicMonkey is a free photo editing program. There is a membership that gives you access to all features. I’m a member and I think I pay  about $5 a month for it. But just to make Christmas Cards you’ll be fine just using the free options. Or you could pay for just one month, so that you can use all the cool features to create your Christmas cards.

To start I spend a bit of time searching for card inspiration from sites like Snapfish or Shutterfly.

snapfishSource Snapfish

I get a few simple ideas (picture placement, fonts, colours, sayings etc). And then I simply recreate my version using PicMonkey.

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Step 1: I start by selecting the third option ‘Design‘, and then select the card size I want. I picked 4 x 6 .

picmonkeyStep 2: Select the ‘butterfly‘ icon on the left hand side of the screen. Then select “Your Own” this will bring up your desktop so that you can pick the family photos you want to use on your card.

Position photo (s) where you want.

free-photo-editorStep 3: Time to add your font. Select the “Tt” button on the left hand side. This will pull up a menu of fonts to choose from (as seen above). I tend to write everything out in one basic font. And then play around and change the fonts up. Just highlight a word and click on the new font you want for it. You can also change the sizes of the wording to make some larger than others.

picmonkey-tutorialAbove you can see how I highlighted each letter to change the colours. Just play around with it until you find something you like.

This card was pretty basic but PicMonkey also has lots of images and borders that you could add as well. It’s all very user-friendly and pretty fun to play around with.
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Step 4:  Save your photo to your computer and upload to your favourite photo printing site For example Shutterfly, Walgreens, Target, Persnickety Prints, Snapfish etc.

Right now (Nov 2013) Snapfish has a special on 4 x 6 prints. 99 prints for just 99 cents! Use coupon code STARPENNY. So you can get 99 Christmas cards for 99 cents, plus shipping. Not too bad.

Always do a google search for coupons as well! I did a Google search for “Snapfish Coupon Codes” and found an additional coupon code for 55% off (I purchased some canvases through Snapfish too). For 2 seconds worth of worth I saved $38.95 on a photo canvas I ordered for a Christmas gift).

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Thanks for stopping by! My family and I recently moved into a builder box home. And in between playdates and swim lessons you can find me adding some thrifty, diy charm to our new home.

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  6. They just added the create your own option a couple of weeks ago so you weren’t really missing much. But it’s nice that they now have that.

  7. Oh. My. GOSH!!! I didn’t realize until I read your tutorial that I can’t see the full PicMonkey homepage using Google Chrome. I can only see the first two options and didn’t realize create my own was an option!!! I have been using a really roundabout way to do things like this and I even have Royale! ahh man I can’t thank you enough for this! LOL

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