I think I’ve been sending Christmas cards to family and friends since I was in college. It’s a tradition I just love and I look forward to it all year. For the last couple of years we’ve put together our own photo cards, from start to finish, and I thought it would be awesome to show you how! This year we did it all — created a DIY backdrop, took our own photos, edited them, and ordered through Minted, which has been my very favorite way to get snail mail greetings printed for years now. (When they added the recipient and return address printing feature it changed my world!) Read on for a full how-to on getting your own holiday photos, and be sure to enter to win $250 worth of holiday cards from Minted down at the bottom of the post!
- black posterboard
- scissors or paper cutter
- glue dots
- black washi tape
- smartphone level
- camera with tripod
- remote shutter
Make Time: 4 Hours (to complete backdrop, take photos, and order online)
Step 1: Cut your black posterboard into 2-inch strips. Start placing the strips in lines on the wall, about 7 feet tall (unless you have some really tall people in your photo!). Use glue dots to affix the strips to the wall, and the level on your smartphone to make sure they’re straight.
Step 2: Add horizontal stripes in the same way; make your stripes about 6 feet wide.
Step 3: Add thin stripes of washi tape over your wide stripes, on every other row to create a plaid pattern.
Step 4: Set up your camera. If you’re using manual settings be sure to test the light and set your camera on manual focus. Have someone stand in, set the focus on them, and be sure to stand in the same spot for your photos. We use a Canon and a Canon remote shutter; if you’re doing the same you can follow our steps to set up the remote. If not, do a little web search for how to set up your own!
Step 5: If you’re using a Canon, set your camera to 2-second timer mode. Set your remote to no delay. Stand in front of the camera and click the remote shutter to ensure it’s all set up right. That’s it!
Get your holiday duds on and snap away! If you’re taking your own photos like this, you just kind of have to go for it. Be silly, try different poses, and just try to act natural while someone holds the remote shutter and snaps away. You’re bound to have a whole bunch of crazy photos (like the one below where Henry started crawling away), but you’re also going to get lots of fun candid stuff.
Now for the good stuff! The awesome team at Minted is giving away $250 credit toward your own holiday cards! The ordering process there is so fun and simple — just upload your photos, choose from their incredible selection of cards, customize it, and you’re all set. We chose the Cherry Merry holiday photo card and I love love love the simple, fun design. You have to try the printed address option, too (it’s saved my poor hands from addressing hundreds of envelopes over the years). Enter to win right here! Big thanks to Minted for helping our holidays be a bit brighter! xoxo
ENTER TO WIN $250 TO MINTED FOR YOUR HOLIDAY CARDS
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