DIY: How to make 4×6 Photo Holiday Cards & Envelopes

13 Dec

I’m so lazy when it comes to sending Christmas cards.  Something about running to the store , buying a box of cards and frantically trying to sign and mail them at the last minute just doesn’t seem appealing or meaningful to me.

Wait a minute. Meaningful?

Maybe that’s why I never looked forward to sending Christmas cards!

There were some pictures I wanted to send family and friends for the holidays and that’s when it dawned on me – sending generic mass produced commercial cards doesn’t have much meaning.

So this year I created my own holiday cards – with photos and images I loved and wanted to share.

This was one of the easiest projects I have done in a long time!

I already had a package of 4 x 6 photo paper stock but it’s possible to buy a box at Target for $6.

Then I printed away!

My printer is an HP C4795 that we received FREE when we bought an Apple computer this year. It is an amazing printer and the color pictures print like professional developing.  It prints, scans and copies.  If you are looking for a printer, you can also buy this one on Amazon for $63, just click HERE

If you don’t have a color printer, black and white images make great cards.

Now my family and friends have photos they can cherish forever.

It is possible to mail photo cards like a postcard but it will probably get damaged in the mail.  To protect it, it’s best to put it in an envelope.

I journeyed to the store… and couldn’t find any envelopes to fit my 4×6 photo cards!

So guess what?!

I created my own.   Again…easy!!!

There are lots of ways to create envelopes.  Most involve cutting and making a V shaped flap.

My way is the simplest.  No cutting.

I didn’t have any nice paper so I bought some at Target for $4.14 (Astrobrights).  100 pieces so there will be plenty left over for future crafty projects.

Umm…can you tell I live near a Target?  :)

Fold a piece of letter sized paper (8 1/2 x 11 inches) 1 1/4 inch from the top (on the long side).  Use a hard surface to create a crisp fold. I used a bamboo board but a counter or table top would work well.

Then fold the bottom portion in half so that it reaches the first fold mark.

Now glue both sides 1/4 inch from the border and close together. Any craft or paper glue will work.

Let dry.

Then insert photo card.  The flap can be glue shut to completely close the envelope but instead I sealed mine with a sticker.

Ready to mail!

Happy Holidays!

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8 Responses to “DIY: How to make 4×6 Photo Holiday Cards & Envelopes”

  1. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons December 13, 2010 at 7:44 am #

    Ooooh thanks for posting this! I was about to assemble and send out cards today! I might have to make my own envelopes instead of use the boring white office envelopes!!! perfect timing! thanks girl!

    xoXOxo

  2. Angie & Carrie December 13, 2010 at 8:14 am #

    Your welcome!! The envelopes were so easy to make, I don’t think I’ll ever buy envelopes again!!! You can make fancier envelopes with a v-flap but I loved these —simple! :)

  3. Oona December 14, 2010 at 6:54 am #

    Super fun! What a great idea!

    • Brian November 1, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

      Thanks! Works great!!!

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