DIY Holiday Cards for Maximum Fun Times


Greetings Holiday Enthusiasts! If you’re looking to inject more Holiday Fun Time into your greeting card routine, have we got a fun activity for you:

  1. Go to your local thrift, drugstore, Hallmark, whatever, and buy up as many blank non-holiday related cards as you need. Frankly, the less the card appeals to you, the more fun you’ll have with this activity.
  2. Transform these cards into your own custom greetings by doodling in holiday elements inspired by / or in spite of the cards’ original content.
  3. Bask in the numerous benefits you’ve experienced from engaging in this activity which may include but are not limited to any or all of the following: family bonding, hysterical fits of laughter, using your brain, flexing your creativity, the accidental hilarity of your crappy drawing skills, the palpable joy your eyeballs experience from not staring at a screen for a couple of hours, knowing you’re all grown up and you just spent two hours coloring, feeling like a kid again (see previous benefit), being fully engrossed in an activity, knowing you did right by your loved ones by creating personal greetings designed by you to delight them and/or push their buttons.


This year we walked to our local Papyrus store and picked up a collection of blank cards featuring Hugo Guinness prints, published by Chronicle Books. Each card is different and features simple linocut objects and dogs. Experience has taught us that the most mundane content makes for the best results in this activity so we knew we were in business with these babies. Here you can see the back of the box which features small reproductions of each card:


We used colored pencils, black marker, and sparkly pens to make these designs our own. We made some sweet and some mildly vulgar to suit the personalities of the intended recipients. This is our second year doing this and I think it’s going to stick around for the foreseeable future. It’s a great project for Thanksgiving weekend when the family is together and you want a non-physical activity to keep you busy while you digest between meals. Give it a try—it might become a tradition in your family too!

Here’s what we came up with this year: