Christmas Tree-Shaped Christmas Letter
An Easy Creative Christmas Letter Idea
The holidays are coming, and that means it's time to start thinking of what you'll say in your annual Christmas letter. And not just what you'll say, but how you'll say it.
If you're looking for creative Christmas letter ideas to make your Christmas letter stand out, here's a simple method of creating a Christmas tree-shaped holiday letter using Microsoft Word.
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Turning Your Letter into a Christmas Tree
Microsoft Word isn't really designed to turn your words into a Christmas tree shape. More advanced programs like cPhotoShop can easily take text and wrap it inside any shape, but Word is basically designed to help you create regular written text, not text in the shape of your favorite object. However, you can do this with a little manual effort.
If you're old enough to remember typewriters (those antiquated devices that we used before the invention of computers and word processing software), you'll remember how you had to hit the return bar at the end of every line and tell the typewriter to move to the next line. To create a Christmas letter shaped like a tree, you'll need to do the same thing - tell the computer to move to the next line. This will allow you to create increasingly longer lines of text that will turn into the shape of a Christmas tree.
First, set your text to center alignment. This will start your letter in the center of the page. Now start typing. Start with a very short word or sentence. Hit return when you've typed just one or two words and continue your sentence on the next line. Make the next line the same length or just slightly longer than the first one, and then hit return. Continue typing this way, making each line slightly longer than the next, until you get almost to the end of your letter.
Tip: Don't increase the line lengths too quickly, or you'll have a fat, stubby tree that doesn't take up much of the paper.
When you're nearing the end of your Christmas letter and just have another sentence or two, or you're ready to put in your closing remarks, make the sentences very short again, like they were near the top of the tree. This will be the trunk of your tree. Make several lines that are almost the exact same length to create the design of the tree trunk.
Voila! You're done! You've created a Christmas letter shaped like a tree!
If you'd like, you can now change the font colors so the top of the tree is green and the bottom of the tree is brown. You can also use the Shapes menu to add a star to the top of your tree.
When you're finished, print your Christmas letter shape like a Christmas tree and it's ready for your friends and family to enjoy. Merry Christmas!
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What Do You Think of Making a Christmas Letter Shaped Like a Tree?
lisa42 (author) from Sacramento on December 16, 2011:
Hi That Grrl - Yes, you could definitely make some of the words red to add some color to the tree. You could also use some Christmas font icons to add actual images into the tree. There are a lot of ways to be creative!
Laura Brown from Barrie, Ontario, Canada on December 13, 2011:
I like it, especially with the star on top. Could you make some words in red, like Christmas ornaments on the tree? I make ASCII art so I play with text and letters too.
pinkdaisy from Canada on December 05, 2011:
RTalloni on December 05, 2011:
Cute, cute idea! :) Thanks for sharing it.