We have had so many great photo ideas submitted that we have broken this into two articles.
Here is a link to the first section if you still need more ideas. Post your own Christmas card photo here.
This year, my daughter (19 months) is very entertained with baking, so we put a bowl of flour on the floor of the kitchen, and put her in a Santa hat and a Christmas apron I had made. The I gave her a wooden spoon and a whisk to play with in the flour. The front of my cards say "We Whisk You A Merry Christmas".
The other cards I did, I made my daughter a nighty out of white polar fleece and glued faux fur around the cuffs and bottom. Then I took a pair of wings that i got after Halloween for $1 and put her in front of the Christmas tree with one of those battery operated candles. On that card, I put "I believe" on the front, and on the inside I wrote out the Chorus to the song "Angels Among Us" by Alabama. Both turned out fantastic!
Here's our Christmas card from 2 years ago. We had my son who was 6 dressed as Santa with my 6 month old twin daughters sitting on his lap. We also added our dog Sammy to the mix.
I got the bathtub idea from this site last year and came back for another idea for 2007. I got so many compliments on our card. Thanks for the great idea! My kids had a blast during the photo shoot!
Thanks for the Brady Bunch idea. Here is what our card looks like this year. :-)
What a great website, thanks for sharing all these creative ideas. I enjoyed everyone's card. Here's another variation of the Reindeer theme. My kids enjoyed hiking through the woods looking for antlers!
By Coni, Evanston, IL
This is the one we used last year.
By Debra from Alabama
A simple Santa suit and a candy cane was all we used to create a classic card. Our daughter was 6 months old when this picture was taken.
We had lots of compliments from this Christmas card. Now I'm trying to find something for this year! This one is hard to beat! :)
A real challenge to get teenage boys interested. We mixed every sport we could into a photo. The big challenge was getting 2 soccer balls balanced at the same time without falling into the tree.
Around the picture we used the word (quote)Soccer balls, basketballs, baseball, track, and more... Oh, what fun we've had this year! We're anything but bored! (sung to the tune of Jingle Bells)(/quote)
When they were smaller, I would dress them in red or green and lay them on the floor in the shape of letters such as J, O, and Y. Photo each letter separately from above and then use a digital editor to cut out the letters and place them on a card.
By Deb from WI
Last year we have one of those big inflatable snow globes in our yard. We slit the back open the entire family climbed inside, taped the slit closed reinflated it and had a friend take our picture. - Adorable
Another year we all fell into the pool sideways and had the caption "May you plunge into the Holidays with love and laughter"
Went to a cotton field and had an Arizona Snowball fight with cotton since we do not get snow.
My 9 year old sat on the floor, my 13 year old knelt behind him, I sat on a chair behind him and my husband stood behind me so we were in a tall stack. We each had on a different style of Santa Hat.
By Peggy - Arizona
I dressed my Yorkie as a snowman. I cut out white poster board into circles, added a green felt scarf, also added a black hat and buttons. Then put it in front of him, made him stand there and took the picture. I added snowflakes and 'Let it snow' in Photoshop. The background was a gray and white bed sheet.
We found this neat extra long Santa hat for our son to wear. The stripes made it neat and candy cane-y.
By Karyl from Oahu
We had put in an outdoor hot tub this year. I put the kids in there with their reindeer ears and holding polyfill and strays of holy behind them. This was our best photo yet!!! Our caption was "Have a Hot & Steamy Holiday"
I did this Christmas card last year and everyone who knows us and our dogs got a kick out of it.
We used this picture last year with the caption - Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a "Royal Flush" New Year!
I took this one myself in front of our fireplace with poinsettias all around. I layed her in her favorite vibrating chair covered in a Christmas quilt to keep her asleep through the process.
We live in Florida and this was our Christmas card in 1998. Everyone still talks about it!
By Lisa Jane
Having a 15 and a 10 yr old, our house can get pretty crazy! I thought that this was the greatest gift a tired parent could ever hope for! My kids were totally up for this.
By The Byerlys
I found this site and had to do the "Silent Night...Priceless" idea with my boys. We got a great shot of our 4 boys and our dog! We got really great feedback!
This year we dressed our girls in red tutus and Santa hats. Then used the wording "Wishing you a holiday that is "tu-tu" good". Turned out really cute.
This was my card last year. Notice the pictures of the family above the fireplace, our dogs on the back wall, and the ultrasound picture on the very back wall.
This was our card....got lots of good feedback.
"May the light of the Savior be reflected on you this Christmas"
I found this cute Elvis costume at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, that I thought would be so cute for my son to wear for Halloween, but I had to justify to my husband why I was spending that amount of money for a Halloween costume, so I decided to do his Christmas Cards in it as well and, needless to say my husband thought it was adorable. We have had so many compliments on his card!
After sorting through a bunch of disappointing pictures for our annual Christmas card, I was about to give up until I found this website and started reading some of the ideas! I found a picture that was somewhat decent, of us sitting at a restaurant with plates of dessert in front of us. Our last name is Cherry, so we took this picture and in photo shop, we "painted" chocolate all over ourselves. (I actually asked my husband if he would be willing to get dressed up, put chocolate on us and take a picture, to which he said NO WAY, so I had to do it photo shop!) ;)
At the bottom we wrote, "Merry Christmas from a Couple of Chocolate Covered "Cherry"s!" Everyone loved it! Inside the card we wrote "May the gift of joy, the gift of happiness, the gift of love, and of course, the gift of chocolate... may these be yours at Christmas". Then we signed it "Hugs and 'kisses'".
We got so many great responses - we think we'll do a fun card like that every year! Thanks to everyone for their ideas - never would have thought of this idea without reading some of yours!
Good for couples that travel a lot.
I did a joy to the world theme and put pictures of all the places my husband and I traveled that year. I created a blank 4x6 inch canvas in Photoshop and cropped all the other pictures to a 1x1 size and inserted them in leaving room for what was originally going to be 4 squares but then switched into 2 that said "Joy to"& "the World". Mine required 18 photos.
We had fun making a sand snowman... I took a nerf soccer ball, sprayed it with adhesive, and rolled it in the sand to make a nice round head.
This is a card that we sent out a few years ago. The photo of our family was taken in 2006 but the living room is authentic 1950s. We just put the two together.
This card was a twist on Norman Rockwell's Illustration "Freedom from Want"
"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" was a big hit! Lot of friends still have this on their fridge. Kids are big believers and thought this it was pretty funny that daddy was dressed like the real McCoy!
I have four children and 4 years ago we began a series of Christmas photo cards doing our take on Beatles album covers. We began with the Abbey Road album and took a picture of our four kids in order by age crossing the street in the crosswalk. This past Christmas we decided would be the finale in our series and we had a graphic artist friend do an illustration of our kids like the Yellow Submarine cover. We thought it was quite fun and we received many compliments, especially from Beatles fans.
I came across this page on a fluke but I think the ideas here are wonderful. After seeing everyone's great ideas I feel like it wouldn't be fair not to share my own.
Last Christmas I couldn't decide which family picture to use so I combined a few of my favorites into a montage using some graphics software. It was a smash hit! I've never heard so many compliments on a Christmas card (even from the ladies at Walgreens who printed them).
I think you can get these automatically done now from places like Snapfish or Kodak EasyShare but If you're inclined to try this yourself my only tip is to be careful which aspect ratio you're using--4x6 or 5x7 and do the layout accordingly. (My red border didn't come out symmetric on the prints.) It might take a few tests at your local photo place before you do the "big print."
This definitely raised the bar for me and now I'm on the prowl for 2008 ideas.
The caption read, "Treat Santa nice this year"
I loved this website! I got some cool ideas for this year. Last year our card was very simple but it included our very loved dog, this year we're planning something more original and of course, our new addition to the family, our other dog!
Thanx to everyone who shared their ideas!
Every year I try to come up with something different... this was the picture for Christmas '07.
The website is great, love all the ideas.
This picture was taken in my neighbors yard. My sister-in-law said it took a couple of days before she realized it was my kids in the pic. She had to see it hanging in her mom's house before she noticed it. My mom had made the costumes for the kids to attend an Advent celebration at church where the kids were encouraged to dress up.
My husband and I were monkeys for our Christmas card. The photo was black and white and I went into photo shop to color the hats red, the wreath green, wreath bow red, and the banana yellow. The inside of the card read "Hanging around Atlanta this holiday season. Going bananas for a Christmas filled with...and so on."
Used this one of our son in 2007.
"Let There be Light"
This was are Christmas card for last year. It said "Jingle bell, Jingle bell, Jingle bell rock!" on the cover surrounding the picture. On the inside there was another picture of the kids just posing in black and white with the converse kept in red [by photoshop.] On the right of the photo on the inside, "Silent night? forget it. silent days? forget those too." And underneath the photo it said, "life is good." in red. On the bottom half of the card it said, "wishin' you a jammin' 2008 filled with peace and joy. Peace out!
By Monica H
Here is my family's 2008 Christmas card photo. The inside will read:
Wishing you a wild ride into 2009!
This was our 1st Christmas card with our twin daughters. It said "Hope your stockings are stuffed with love this holiday season!"
This was our 2nd Christmas card (the milk and cookies one).
This was our 3rd Christmas card...now with 3 kids. So we did the J-O-Y pictures to make it easier on ourselves.
Inside, it said:
Wooden letters and paint...$5
Choosing a card that didn't require a picture of all 3 kids together...priceless
And in the background is a chaotic picture of all 3, which is what we assumed would happen ;)
We did this one last year. What would we do without Photoshop. The composition was created from photos taken in 3 separate stages: bottom, middle, top. My youngest son wasn't that cooperative sitting on his brother's shoulders so I had to take a separate shot of him. The tree topper was illustrated and the tree top was photoshop'd in. I don't know if we can "top" ourselves this year... the inscription read "This circus act performs year 'round. We just up the routine in December. Hope your holidays are head and shoulders above the rest!"
Had my 22 month old son dress as Tiny Tim and then made the photo look old/sepia. Then photo shopped a stick/cane under his arm. Title read, "And God Bless Us, Everyone!" Got huge amount of compliments on this one!
By Jeni S.
Tried to get the perfect shot of everyone, but the crazy one was my favorite so here is what I did "Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Whatever!"
By mom of 4
I did this two years ago with my son and I got tons of compliments.
A few years ago, my husband and I used this photo for our Christmas card. It read 'Merry Christmas and Bah-humbug'.
By Jinny S.
Fourjugglers, What a great card! We also try to create the "different" card every year. Here is one of my favorites that we used a few years ago.
Merry Grinchmas! For when your husband really hates the yearly family Christmas photo project. Got the "who" wigs on ebay.
We made red & Green Tie Dyed Shirts for a one of a kind Florida Christmas!
Here's our Christmas Card photo for 2007...we had a lot of fun preparing for the photo too!
Everyone loved the kids with the M&M's. We had tried to get a good pic for about 30 minutes and we finally decided to give them the entire bin of M&Ms. They were thrilled.
I gave up chasing the kids around for the perfect photo. Paint always gets their attention! In south Florida there was no reason for all the clothes.
By Carey D
This was our last year's photo - Card said, "I'm Dreaming Of A..." Inside said "White Trash Christmas"
We used this photo for our 2007 Christmas Card. We live in Melbourne Australia and took the children to the Royal Botanic Gardens with a few RED Christmas decorations and red tinsel. It worked out lovely, we received so many compliments. The other idea I had was for the children to decorate a tree in the Botanical gardens which turned out lovely as well, but the family vote was for this picture. The red Christmas decorations against the green of the trees is amazing.
We dressed up as elves and just used sticky felt on our ears. we took a bunch of pictures of us standing, sitting, kissing, and just picked the one we liked the best. was lot's of fun!
A Christmas Story is our favourite holiday movie, so of course I just had to do this one...
Here is last year's card. It was perfect for a not so interested teen! We had the image printed onto card stock, with the caption: "Listening" to the Night Before Christmas. Notice the ipod in my son's ears and one of them looking at a sports magazine; both pretending to listen to their little sister's story!
Here is another: simple yet festive - the kids in their winter finery posing on our decorated front porch. Sometimes simple is good!
Check out my decorating blog for more holiday ideas:
By Restyled Home
Our card read "The (enter last name)'s were nestled all snug in their bed!"
This is our card from last year. We actually did it in our living room and had a friend take the pic. The white background is just a sheet hanging over the bar. I did the black and white in Photo Shop. Our dog was so not feeling the jingle bell collar!
By Kim A
I blew my kids heads up. They looked so funny compared to their bodies.
This was my last years card. Only had one santa hat, had to take all three photos separate and put back together in Photoshop. The inside said "May you see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil this holiday season". My family expect funny cards every year now!
This year, I wanted to do something different than just a picture, so I found a website called yourartnow.com and they did this colored pencil drawing for me. I'm going to use this as my Christmas card. The drawing is an 8x10 but I can easily reduce it to a 5x7 to print on my cards.
By Debra from Alabama
We used this picture for our Christmas Card in 2007. We uploaded this on ritzpix.com and used one of their photocard templates. It turned out so great and we got such good feedback! Perfect for those of us who don't have kiddos yet!
I collect old books and thought this was a good idea for an old fashioned photo. The kids are wearing feety pajamas.
I got this idea from your site last year, we got so many complements on the card! I used Photoshop and tried to get as many characters in the picture as possible. The pic features myself and my boyfriend and I'm holding our hedgehog!
It is always so difficult to get them all happy at once, so we put a nice picture, then this one that read, "Forced Family Fun" from the Holt's!
By The Holt Family
Last year our Christmas card featured our cat, Kitty. I found the cutest card from Walgreens that said "Meowy Christmas" and it had little fish and bones, etc on it. She is "reading" 'The Night Before Christmas." We got rave reviews!
Front: I put my 8 month old in a big baking bowl with Christmas cookie stuff all around. He was eating a gingerbread cookie. All 3 of my sons wore Chef hats. My 2 older sons wore aprons.
Back: I made a photo collage with pics of all of us in the shape of a Christmas tree.
To see a TON of more ideas go to:
What I want to do is have my 1 brother and 1 sister thinking about a expensive gift (I-pod,computer,flat screen T.V.)and on the computer paste a thought bubble with the picture of it on one side and then have the parents sitting on the couch all happy and the kids with a picture of there gift on the other. I want to do this bad (11/23/2008)
I had dogs before babies, and I still like to include my first "kid" in our pic's. We go to a shoot at our local dog training club and the photographer is always great at getting just the perfect shot! And yes, the kid is harder to get right than the dog :C}
This is Christmas 2008 (11/25/2008)
I had envisioned these great cards with just head shots of the boys (thus no shirt) with everyone smiling and perfect. Thought it would be an easy 5 minute thing, kids were tired and cranky - so much for great planning. I was obviously delusional!
Instead of opting for another night of possible cooperation, decided, why not give pictures of
what our photo sessions are really like. Made a newsletter out of it and updated everyone on what the boys were up to that year. Got lots of great feedback on them. Used a Scrapbooking program I had (11/26/2008)
I got the idea from this site from last year. It was REALLY hard to have my son not rip off the Santa hat and drop it in the bubbles. After I got a shot I was happy with I had to add a few bubbles in photo shop to round out the beard. Merry Christmas! (12/02/2008)
By Laura D
From 2004. This one took some time in photoshop. Each shot was a portrait holding a white-board and then PS into the white board. If that makes sense. Now every year they expect something better! (12/03/2008)
Here is the one I did last year. Ah the beauty that is Photoshop. What would I do without it. (12/04/2008)
Here is the one I did last year. Ah the beauty that is Photoshop. What would I do without it. (12/04/2008)
Here is the one I did last year. Ah the beauty that is Photoshop. What would I do without it?
Basically, I just got a large moving box and filled it with packing popcorn and tinsel. Then I had each member of the family pose in the box individually at various angles. Then in Photoshop I just mixed and matched until everything fit.
There is no way we all could have been in the box at one time. It was way too small.
The real trick though is to make sure that you take pictures at the exact same angle so that when you go back into PS everything looks right. (12/04/2008)
I think this is the picture I'm going to do for my cards this year (12/04/2008)
Here's an idea we used a couple of years ago. We also used one from this site last year. We are always looking for something new. (12/07/2008)
Here is one we borrowed from this site. (12/07/2008)
This is one picture from our card this year. It reads: The holidays are a great time to "Ketchup" with friends and family... Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a "Super" new year!
(we have two pics, the second is of the kids in their Superman PJs - not facing the camera, and "flying" with their arms up) (12/09/2008)
By Denise G.
We took a family pic with Santa at Macy's - which I then dolled up in Photoshop with captions. (12/11/2008)
By kate f.
We went to Value Village and bought the tackiest sweaters we could find. People have been talking about our photo all year! (12/18/2008)
I was pretty pleased with our pic. I had to make the mask out of felt and some double stick tape! We tried to mimic the original photo with the facial expressions. (12/21/2008)
By The Swift Family
I made the felt mask and took the head shots. A friend of ours photoshopped the heads onto the incredible bodies- Got great feedback! (12/22/2008)
As a graphic designer, I didn't send just any regular Christmas card. This card was about firsts. It took over 30 frames to get this shot. Since it was a square card we also custom modified a large rectangular envelope by sewing the envelope down so that there was a square pocket. The ends of the thread held a gift tag that had the sender's address. This tag was also used to pull out the thread which allowed one to open the envelope by it ripping the envelope cleanly on the side. (09/10/2009)
This was not a staged shot. It was actually taken in Target during the Christmas shopping season. I love that the Target card added the perfect seasonal red. I created all this in Adobe Illustrator. (09/10/2009)
We wanted to convey that we were sending Christmas wishes from Memphis so Elvis' Blue Christmas became the theme. Atticus actually is singing and playing the guitar in this photo. The Hi-Tone Cafe if you can read the poster in the back is a great music venue in Memphis. (09/10/2009)
That's my cat Smokey. Took the pic when he was asleep then edited it on picnik.com. Inside it said, "not a creature was stirring". (09/29/2009)
This is a photo I used of my sons for last Christmas. I put shaving cream on their faces, and added Santa hats. They are so skinny, I had them try to stick their bellies out like Santa. (10/26/2009)
I'm looking for any ideas for our two daughters to be in the picture, and announcing our new pregnancy. Any ideas? (11/14/2009)
We did this card last year, and got lots of comments about it! This picture is the front; we pretended to be troublemakers - I was pulling my husband's ear and he was pulling my hair, all tangled up in lights! I photo shopped a picture of a horrified/surprised Santa on it, as if he were able to see it all. On the back we had a funny picture of Santa peering out of the side of the card, looking at the recipient.
We wrote "We hope you were able to make it off the naughty list! Greetings of the Season and Best Behavior for the New Year!" We had a smaller picture inset of us as if it were Christmas morning, turning our stockings upside down, with nothing falling out. Our faces had surprised/disappointed expressions on them and underneath we wrote "Not even a lump of coal!" :) Christy (11/20/2009)
By Jessica L.
My kids had blast with this one, and by far my favorite one! This is a classic. Now if I could only figure out what I'm going to do this year! (11/27/2009)
We have used a few ideas from this site over the years, but we have tweaked them for our family. This year we used a take on the JOY idea. Last year, we did the duct tape (Only the outside caption was very elegant and read "Silent Night", the inside was a phto of my kids with red duct tape X's over their mouths with the caption "Why yes. Yes, it is!") and one year we had the 3 kids sitting around a "cookies for Santa" plate with a box of raisins on it.
Each of the kids were eatin a cookie & there was a note that read "Dear Santa, we left you these cookies" Cookies was X'ed out & replaced with the word "raisin's" (As if they had decided that they would rather have eaten the cookies than leave them for Santa) It was very cute :) (12/04/2009)
Loved this idea.
It took a lot of time making this, it is not perfect but several people loved it! Thanks for the idea! (12/06/2009)
This is our new one for '09. My wife's idea, and a good one. We have had a lot of compliments already. (12/13/2009)
We used this "Got Egg Nog?" one last year. We tried using frosting but I ended up photoshoping it in. It was just too tasty. Inside it said "Have you been Noggy or Nice?" (12/13/2009)
This is the picture we used 2 years ago. It said "Santa I can explain". They are supposed to be the name plates you get when you get arrested. (12/13/2009)
We almost did Brady Bunch style but figured we would wait til we had more family members. (12/13/2009)
Here's our card for this year. I took individual pictures of each of us, put in framed ornaments and then photographed hanging on a tree. (12/16/2009)
Hi! Got the idea for this year's card from your website. We wanted it to look as old-school as possible, so the boys dressed in vintage clothing & we took the photo in front of the old vacant school in our town. We had many, many compliments on the card this year! (12/21/2009)
I love this website and have used it for a few years. This year I wanted to use the idea of the "Let there Be Light" with the children looking at lights in their hands and angelic looks on their faces...it didn't work. What we ended up with was this shot with the caption- "Dear Santa, We can explain..."
This year was our best card yet! We had a snow day and ran out to take a picture while we had the perfect shot. We bought a black hat at the party store and then put the verse to the side from the "Frosty the Snowman" song.
On the back we wrote "And you better be sure that you laugh and play on this wonderful holiday!" (to match the tune of the song) and signed it "Thumpety, thump, thump". We had a picture on the back that was more formal, dressed up in front of the Christmas tree, with my husband holding his "silk hat" - it was adorable! Definitely our best card yet! :) Christy (12/28/2009)
By Jessica L.
This is our family tribute to a Christmas Story. We had a lot of fun doing this on.
Since my son in the middle did nothing to deserve the soap in the mouth, I originally wrapped one end of it in plastic wrap, but it didn't work out so well. So he was a trooper and just put it in his mouth.
We also used some cleaner on the flag pole before my daughter stuck her tongue to it. And that is a real Red Rider BB Gun. (09/04/2010)
This was a fun and easy car, we just tangled our son up in Christmas tree lights. The inside of the card said "Get all caught up in the spirit of Christmas." (09/07/2010)
A red and green tie-dye shirt, green John Lennon glasses and a red peace sign made this Christmas card a groovy hit! (09/07/2010)
I really want to thank everyone for sharing their Christmas cards. I was coming up blank for 2010, but got tons of new ideas here! I've posted of few of our cards from years back. (09/07/2010)
The inside of the card had a second photo with our dog giving our son a smooch and the caption "Hope you find magic under the mistletoe." (09/07/2010)
I am always inspired by Thrifty Fun's collection of unique Christmas Cards. So I wanted to share some our card so it might inspire others. Last year, our Christmas card played off of my husband being a lawyer. We had our year old daughter holding an envelope addressed to Santa. In a thought bubble we had it read: And if I don't get everything on my list, my lawyer will be in touch with your lawyer about a little legal issue we call 'breach of contract'. (11/03/2010)
Our very first Christmas card was 100% inspired by Thrifty Fun. It was our daughter's first Christmas. We wanted to incorporate the family dog as well. Ironically enough, getting the dog to cooperate was easier than getting the baby to cooperate! (11/03/2010)
We had so much fun making a human tree. We all dressed in green and used some tree branches and photo-shopped some decorations. :) (11/12/2010)
We thought this picture from Disneyland was hilarious, so we photo-shopped the guy in the back who we didn't know into Santa. :) (11/12/2010)
We are Dallas Cowboys Fans! (11/12/2010)
This was our card in 2009. There was no snow at the time so that was photoshopped in, along with her tongue. We smeared some peanutbutter on the pole to get her to lick it, but you couldn't see her tongue. The one where she was back a bit and looking at her awaiting treat worked much better! (12/01/2010)
2008 We got the bunny ears for the pooch after Easter and I made my lampshade skirt from a scrap of material, wire hoop, and some fringe. The effect was from picnik.com. I was trying to make it look like the movie : ) (12/01/2010)
This was our photo from 2009 Christmas. The one cat looks like she is looking right at the martini glass. Everyone thought this one was cute. (12/04/2010)
My former coworker and her husband did silly Christmas cards for 20 years and they inspired us to start the tradition. This year we did "Fleas Navidog" and dressed the baby up in a puppy dog suit. He loved it! (12/24/2010)
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