DIY: Simple photo cards

I send a lot of greeting cards to my family and friends around the world for many occasions. Unfortunately the cards sold by stores are SO expensive (a pretty birthday card can cost up to $4.75 :() and many times I don’t find what I’m looking for.

So I thought why not make my own cards?

And that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the past few months. 🙂 This is a fast and easy way to make your own, unique greeting cards.

What you’ll need:

  • Blank cards & envelopes
  • Pictures (photos or postcards)
  • Glue

supplies for card making

Since I love photography and I happen to live in a beautiful state, I’ve been taking tons of nature photos over the past few years. I ordered my prints from They were 9 cents a piece. Of course you can also have them printed at a store. My photos have the size 4×6 inches (that’s about 10×15 cm).

nature photographs

I got the blank cards and envelopes at AC Moore when they were on sale. It was a pack of 50 cards + envelopes for $5 instead of $10 and I bought the colors brown and white. The cards are 5×7 inches (about 12×17 cm).

blank cards and envelopes

All you have to do is put glue on the back of the photo or postcard and put it on the front of the blank card:

Photo card

Depending on how much or what kind of glue you use, the card could get a little wavy. To prevent that just stick card into a heavy book and sit on it for a little while to flatten it. 😉 I always use an old cookbook:

How to flat a wavy card

And here’s the finished, handmade greeting card tadaaaaaaaaaaaa:

Handmade photo greeting card

I told you it was easy! 😉 Have fun making your own cards!

6 thoughts on “DIY: Simple photo cards

  1. Penny

    Oh, that is a lovely idea! I wish I had a way to transform my photos into postcards, but I’m afraid that by this method the cards wouldn’t be safe without an envelope, right? Also, that site you mentioned prints the pic by a really good price! In here, I pay about 40 cents per photo!

    By the way, I just found your blog and it is really interesting. I plan to come back. 🙂 I also started a blog very recently, please visit it when you have some time. 🙂

    1. Alex Post author

      Thanks Penny! 🙂 There are some online printing companies like or that print actual postcards…I’m planing on creating my own postcards that I can send to penpals and I think I’m going to order them from since I’ve had very good experiences with them in the past. Don’t know if the ship world wide though.

    1. Alex Post author

      Angelique, thanks for your nice comment. 🙂 I see that you take beautiful pictures as well!

  2. marica0701

    Hello! I just discovered your blog today as I registered your frozen lighthouse postcard 🙂

    You have a great blog (I read your envelope tutorial as well) and I’m subscribed!

    Hope you had a great Christmas!

    – Marica


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