How to Make Personalized Christmas and Other Greeting Cards

With a little creativity, your computer can help you create magic

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There are many reasons to choose Do-It-Yourself (DIY) greeting cards over store-bought versions including cost and personalization. This list outlines the options you have when making your own Christmas or greeting card.

The best part of a DIY Christmas or greeting card is that you can save money by designing them yourself. Plus, you can create a more personalized greeting card that expresses who you are, fits a specific theme, or incorporates personal elements such as photos. Use these tips and resources to combine paper, computer, crafts, and more for diy greeting cards for Christmas cards, birthday cards, thinking of you cards, and any other holiday or special occasion.

Parts of an Greeting Card

The finished, printed, and folded greeting card created in Publisher 2010.
The finished, printed, and folded greeting card created in Publisher 2010. © J. Bear

You can make a greeting card any way you like. But become familiar with the basic aspects of cards first. And while the exact steps can be re-arranged, you may find this basic step-by-step useful.


Software for Greeting Cards

Greeting Card Factory Deluxe 8 Image courtesy of PriceGrabber
Greeting Card Factory Deluxe 8. Image courtesy of PriceGrabber

You can make your greeting cards completely by hand; however, using a computer and software can be faster, allow for more uniform cards, and you don't need a lot of craft supplies. These software programs feature ready-made templates, design wizards, clip art, fonts, or other extras to make it easy to design and print your own thank you cards, announcements, or DIY greeting cards.

You can obtain Windows software for greeting cards as well as Mac software.

Some people do other print projects as well such as labels or fliers or scrapbooks while others are devoted primarily just to greeting cards and note cards. They generally don't cost a lot of money and there's even a free option on each list.

Templates for Greeting Cards and Envelopes

HP Creative Studio for Home Greeting Cards
HP Creative Studio for Home Greeting Cards.

You don't necessarily need special software for DIY greeting cards. If you have Microsoft Word or some desktop publishing software or even graphics software it works just as well. Those programs may have some templates for greeting cards, but chances are the selection is limited.

Browse these template collections for greeting cards and envelopes to find a suitable design that you can use as-is or modify to suit your needs. And don't forget the envelopes!

DIY 3D Greeting Card

While some photographs have a 3D look to them, you can really make them pop off the page by printing it twice and layering the two photos on top of each other.

You can create your own crafty 3D photo card using these instructions and a personalized photograph along little bits of glue and foam to make the space between your layers.

DIY Sparkling Greeting Card

This kid-approved project is super easy: A photo of a shiny, sparkly object makes a nice greeting card but you can add some dimensional sparkle with a few dabs of glitter glue.

You can create a crafty photo card by using a glue stick that dries to clear and simply dropping sparkly items such as glitter or sequins onto the glue before it dries. 

DIY Greeting Card With Craft Embellishments

With the cool fonts, special text effects, textures, and graphics available in software, it's easy to design and print a perfect greeting card. But sometimes you can improve on a computer-generated card with some simple crafting supplies like metallic markers, hemp cord, and beads.

Create a crafty computer card using your own choice of images and embellishments. Oh, and don't forget that glue that dries to clear!