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Christmas Tree Photo Cards

Martha shows you how to craft a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree card using a simple circle cutter and your own favorite photos. These festive tree cards are a decorative and fun way to share photos of the kids.




Resources: Gold trim is available at crafts and fabrics stores. All other tools and materials are available from Martha Stewart Crafts. For other holiday inspirations, visit our Christmas Workshop.


  • Card template
  • Light-green card stock
  • Circle cutter
  • Ruler
  • Bone folder
  • Craft knife
  • Gold trim
  • Wide-tip glue pen
  • Glitter
  • Dove craft punch
  • Personal photo
  • Double-sided tape


  1. Step 1

    Print the card template on light-green card stock.

  2. Step 2

    Line up the center of the circle cutter with the logo in the center of one of the circles, and cut according to the measurement marked. Repeat for the second circle on the template.

  3. Step 3

    Score inner lines of template, using a ruler and bone folder. Cut out card.

  4. Step 4

    Embellish edges of card by attaching gold trim with craft glue.

  5. Step 5

    Cover a small square of card stock with thin glue (we used a wide-tip glue pen). Sprinkle with glitter and allow to dry. Punch the glittered card stock with a dove craft punch.

  6. Step 6

    Secure glittered dove to card with glue, placing its beak over the branch on the front of the card.

  7. Step 7

    Cut a photo with the circle cutter slightly larger than the inner circle of the card. Secure photo to the inside of the card with double-sided tape so that it shows through the two circle windows of the card.

The Martha Stewart Show, November 2008



Reviews (12)

  • PhotoGal 22 Dec, 2008

    For the dresden, I instead used the inside of Christmas envelope that was coated in gold (I'm sure everyone got at least one of them this year), and cut it into thin strips on one side with regular sissors and on the other side with pinking sissors, giving the strips the same type of look as the dresden, you have to be extra creative when you can't find materials or you have no money to buy them. Mine looks as good as what is shown above. Red

  • nmcollette 21 Dec, 2008

    you could use a baby photo of adults as well as a selection of "growing up" photos and use them as place cards. It would also be a memory lane item for them to take home and keep.

  • capricorn56 19 Dec, 2008

    I am going to make some of these to send as my christmas cards, and family members can fold them , also can replace the dove with a embossed one ( stamped) and the gold trim with rick-rack glittered.

  • capricorn56 19 Dec, 2008

    when you see "card template" highlighted in blue ( in the how to section) that is your link to print the template

  • hillabeans 19 Dec, 2008

    ah-hah- found it listed under a vintage ornament craft.

  • hillabeans 19 Dec, 2008

    But now that I read- there is no source listed for the dresden- she says it in the video, and she said it will be on the site- but they just list "craft and fabric stores". Does anyone know where she lists her sources- other than on each project?

  • hillabeans 19 Dec, 2008

    Jubu67- If you hit the close button on the upper right of the video, then it reveals the directions and the template is there. Took me a while to figure that out as well.

  • auntiemarcia 19 Dec, 2008

    What a neat idea. With a little loop of thread or ribbon at the top, they could also be tree ornaments. I would love to be able to find the gold "Dresden" trim. Back in the 1970's I used it a lot for decoupage. I thought it had become extinct.

  • sschulte1 18 Dec, 2008

    I was struggling trying to search the site too! I is actually in the upper left hand corner, underneath the recipe search. I thought that it was for recipies at first, but that's the first line!

  • jubu67 18 Dec, 2008

    I am having a problem finding the template.
    I love all MS ideas but find this site hard to navigate.
    Sure wish there was a search line for crafts like they have for they recipes.

  • SandyKnecht 18 Dec, 2008

    Great idea! I love them.

  • Sillys 18 Dec, 2008

    Why I think this is the cutest Christmas craft I've ever seen in my life !