DIY Christmas Card Photo by Emily

Friday, November 30, 2012
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Christmas is coming and you know what THAT means:  Christmas cards! Whether you're doing the traditional send-out or not, it's still important to get a great holiday picture of the family. Here's a simple "how to" of getting a classic Christmas portrait without the studio.

First, here's what you'll need...

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  1. Christmas-y backdrop fabric. This one was $2 from the thrift store. One mysterious stain but it worked. You're gonna want to hang this on something - I used our drying rack!
  2. Camera tripod. Or a chair, pile of books.. Oh, and you'll want to find out how to do the self-timer on your camera!
  3. Duct tape. I used this to pull the fabric taut.
  4. TWINKLE LIGHTS.
  5. Light reflector. Don't have one? Try a big, white piece of poster board.

Go around your house and find what area is going to give you the best light. I did a little 'hand test' to see which wall in our living room would work best.

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Time to set up! Hang your fabric, string the lights, set up the tripod.. and gather the family! Depending on the size of your backdrop (and family), it may be a bit of a tight squeeze. Make sure you can at least see everyone's head, shoulders and chest. So naturally, pants optional...

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Tweak the pictures to your liking, add some holiday cheer (I used dafont.com for this font), and you're set to go! Smack a stamp on it to send to Grandma, frame it for the mantle, or ya know, post it to the blog. If you do, send us the link in the comments! I'd love to see what you guys came up with.

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Questions? Comment below!

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13 comments :

  1. This looks great! And so easy! I love the back drop!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

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  2. I love when pants are optional :) Very cute backdrop and picture!

    twolovebirdswithoutanest.blogspot.com

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  3. I love this! So helpful, and pretty creative.

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  4. This is DA-BOMB.com!!

    www.gbofashion.com

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  5. this is so cute!! and how fun- i totally know emily!! :)

    andrea brionne
    @thedailyeverythings.blogspot.com

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  6. Such a cute idea! Love how it turned out :)

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  7. I love this! It turned out great and actually seems easy enough for anyone to do!

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  8. I´ll try to do it...It is funny and seems to be easy!!

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  9. This is the best post I've read lately, awesome! I'll try to do it.

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  10. Adorable!
    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com

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  11. Do you have a tutorial for doing the bokeh lights?

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    1. You can get bokeh lights like this just by setting your aperture as wide (smallest number) as you can! Even the smallest twinkle lights work to get this effect. :)

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