Homemade Christmas Card Ideas on a Budget

Hopefully, you’ve been joining us for this series on enjoying Christmas on a Budget. This post is going to focus on homemade Christmas card ideas on a budget!

And no, you don’t have to be super crafty to make your own holiday card. I actually really love giving and receiving our holiday cards. It’s such a special time of year to get to see how everyone’s family has grown and getting to tape them up on our mantle.

A few years ago, when we started sending our own cards out each year, I was shocked at the prices! I could not even wrap my head around the fact that it might cost us $100+ to create and mail cards out!

I refuse to pay that much (I mean I’m ALL about saving money to stay on our budget) so I went on a hunt to figure out how to DIY my own cards in the cheapest way to stick to our Christmas budget.

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You’ll need a few things to get started with creating your own cards this year and it’s key to start planning ahead. You’ll want to give yourself some time and put in your calendar to spend maybe 30 minutes a week for a few weeks putting these cards together.

For your cards you’ll most likely want; a family picture, a quote or message, stamps, photo printer paper, and time to snag some good deals if you don’t want to print them yourself!

Holiday Card Sayings, Quotes and Inspiration

If you want a nice quote or message besides just “Merry Christmas” on your card, head over to Pinterest and create a board for yourself to save some inspiration. You can PIN ideas that you see of styles you like, quotes that you might want to use, or even simply some color inspiration!

Pinterest is always a starting place for me when it comes to my creativity because honestly, I don’t have all that much of it. I like to have a starting place and not a blank canvas because it saves me time.

Don’t get too caught up in all of the fancy cards though. Know your crafting and DIY skills and know that it doesn’t have to be complicated to put together a nice DIY card!

DIY Christmas Cards Photo {using Canva}

We always DIY our holiday cards because they are the simplest way to get started. We recently took family pictures so, while my kids have grown up a bit, I don’t feel the need to take new ones right now.

If you want a new family picture, you need to book those sessions NOW! There are so many great photographers that offer awesome rates (and if you’re in Bucks County, PA make sure you check out Mini Bucks County for discounts for our members) and a great place to start finding one is in Mommy Facebook Groups.

I’ve actually been able to trade services for a free photoshoot! I found a photographer who was looking for some blogging services that I offered and we swapped services! If you have a business that someone might be interested in (particularly around the holiday time!), don’t hesitate to post that you’re looking for a services swap in a group and see what happens!

Hiring a professional photographer might not be in the budget so don’t shy away from places like JC Penny that often offer great deals. It may not be the fanciest but you’ll get some nice pictures that you and your family can use for the cards!

After you’ve gotten your pictures, head over to Canva to create your card! I’ve done a quick video for you below on how you can use this free site to make awesome cards. They have a ton of templates that I love and make it super easy for us non-creatives!

Holiday Card Promo Codes

Once you have your card created you have a couple of options when it comes to printing it out and staying on your budget. We have plenty of photo paper so, depending on our ink situation, I sometimes print mine out. We often do this for birthday party invitations but, when it comes to Christmas cards, it might not be as cost-effective.

You can also just send some somewhere simple like Target or CVS and get them printed out as regular pictures. If you choose the matte finish, they look like regular cards (just not printed on thicker paper) and can be around 10 cents a photo!

At first, I really wanted to make sure they were super fancy but I realized that most people were going to just throw them away anyway and if they really cared more about the quality of the card vs. the people on it, they weren’t ‘my people’ anyway!

Always search for promo codes on sites like Ebates so that you can get a great deal on top of it! You might save only $4-5 but if you’re still looking to cash flow your Christmas, that money matters!!

If you don’t even want to go the Canva route, use Ebates to find deals or wait until Cyber Monday. So many places like Mixbook will have killer deals and if you plan in advance to be ready to order that day, you will at least get a discount!

DIY Christmas Card Ideas

Depending on your level of craftiness, the amount of involvement you want your kids to have in making the cards, and the time you want to put into them, you might want to do something that’s even a little more Pinterest worthy

I’ve found some other ideas for you to get your crafty on below! Check them out and know, no matter which route you take, your cards are amazing because they represent you and your family!

Confessions of An Overlooked Mom

County Chic Cottage

The Soccer Mom Blog

Blue Bear Wood

Heart and Vine

Where the Smiles Have Been

Messy Little Monster

My Cultured Palate (printable gift tags!)

Projects with Kids

Want to Read More Tips for Your Holiday Budget?

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Successful Goal Setting in 3 Easy Steps

Podcast Episode 01: Goal Setting with the 15 Minute Formula

The Complete Guide to a Christmas Budget

12 Week Holiday Savings Plan

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