Every year I try to create something unique for my annual holiday card. In the past I’ve sent letterpress notes, pop-up cards, even handmade gingerbread men ornaments to mail out. But this year I decided to go all out and do a family portrait card complete with buttons of everyone’s faces.
And I’m so proud of my creation I had to share. Here’s my step-by-step guide to creating your own holiday card complete with family photo buttons.
Step 1: Make Your Buttons
Since our custom buttons take a week for production plus shipping time, I suggest you start out by designing your buttons. For this project, you should use our 1.25-inch round buttons. (Download the 1.25-inch button template here) Collect the best high-res photos of your family— I grabbed a few pics of my husband and I from our vacay to Hawaii and a few cute shots of our kitties— and crop the photos to just the faces. Place those photos in our button template (one file per button design), save, then order online. If you’re sending out 50 cards, be sure to order 50 buttons per button design.
Step 2: Print The Cards
We’ve gone ahead and designed two different versions of the 5×7-inch snowman family card for you. Download either the 3 Snowman Card or 4 Snowman Card version and print on 11×17 card stock. (Two cards will fit per sheet). Cut along the black guidelines we’ve provided with either an X-Acto blade or using a paper cutter then fold each card in half.
Step 3: Punch The Holes
See those pink dots printed on the snowman faces? Those are actually where the buttons will pin onto the card so you’ll need to cut those out. Use a standard hole punch and punch a single hole for every pink dot on the card.
Step 4: Pin On The Buttons
Using the holes you’ve just punched, pin each of your custom buttons onto the appropriate snowman. The locking pin should fit through the hole, so the buttons will sit flat against the front of the card.
And, ta-da!, you have a holiday card complete with custom family photo buttons. Go forth and spread holiday cheer!
Pro Tip: These cards will require extra postage. Be sure to ask for the USPS “nonmachinable” rate. That means for each card the postage will be hand canceled rather than run through the USPS machines, thus saving your buttons from being crushed.
For more holiday button projects check out How To: DIY Holiday Gift Tags with Buttons.