Put the Bow on the Dough with DIY Gift Card Holders

Gift cards take the guess work out of gift-giving. Whether it’s for a niece who’d rather pick out her own clothes or a co-worker you don’t know that well, a gift card covers all the recipient bases! The only drawback is that it can seem a bit impersonal. Thankfully, blog contributor Tina has a solution for that with her DIY gift card holders idea! Check it out!

Tina’s Inspiration

My inspiration for this project was to elevate the popularity of giving gift cards with this festive alternative to generic holders some gift cards come with. I found that it’s a great way to use the scrapbooking supplies you already have on hand to create a gift card holder that will last for years to come. 

Project by Tina Kistinger – CM Independent Advisor

For this this project, you will need:

Step 1: Cut one sheet of cardstock into three pieces measuring 3-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.

Project by Tina Kistinger – CM Independent Advisor

Step 2: Using the 12-inch Trimmer and the Scoring Blade, score the cardstock 2″ from one end. Measure 4″ from the first score mark and score again. Fold at the score marks to crisp the edges.

Step 3: Use the 2-Way Corner Rounder to round the corners on the 2″ end to finish the flap.

Project by Tina Kistinger – CM Independent Advisor

Step 4: Cut three pieces of patterned paper to measure 3-1/4″ x 1-3/4″, 3-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ and 3-1/4″ x 3-3/4″.

Step 5: Use the 2-Way Corner Rounder to round the corners of one end of the smallest piece of paper. This piece will be put on the flap and will match the rounded corners of the base piece.

Step 6: Adhere the patterned paper pieces to the outside of the gift card holder using the Tape Runner.

Step 7: Use the Precision Point Adhesive Pen along the side edges of the 2-1/4″ end of the cardstock to make the pocket. Be careful to run the adhesive close to the edge on each side so there is plenty of room for the gift card to slide in and out of the pocket.

Step 8: Cut out two circles from the inside of the medium Custom Cutting System Circle Pattern (cut one circle with the Blue Blade and one circle with the Green Blade).

Step 9: Punch out a tree using the Pine Tree Punch. Adhere the two circles together using the Tape Runner. Use Repositionable adhesive to adhere the tree to the circle medallion. Note: If you do not have this punch, add a Merry Little Christmas sticker to the middle instead!

Project by Tina Kistinger – CM Independent Advisor

Step 10: Adhere the entire medallion to the top half of the flap using the Tape Runner. Attach a VELCRO® brand dot to the flap for closure.

Step 11: Slide your gift cards into the holders.

This project looks great with any patterned paper and cardstock combo you choose, so it’s not only great Christmas, but also birthdays and other celebrations in which you’re gifting money in any form. What types of DIY card holders will you create? Let us know in the comments below!

11 thoughts on “Put the Bow on the Dough with DIY Gift Card Holders

  1. Such a great idea – I didn’t quite understand Step #1, saying “cut one piece of cardstock…” but the 3 examples show all the bases different colors – I do love the idea! I’m making these for my customer giveaways. Thanks.

    1. I think the hardest thing about creating cards for my card makers is writing the instructions. I know what I mean, but conveying it to others so that they can understand and execute it is a whole different ballgame!! So I know what you mean about not quite understanding the instructions at first. Glad you conquered that first big step! :~)

  2. Neat. I’ve been making gift card holders for years… Taking empty toilet paper rolls, flatten them, cover with scrapbook paper, Punch 3 holes in 1 end and tie short pieces of ribbon in each hole. Embellish. Cut a tag (the new tag punch is perfect!) . Attach corner 4 photo corners to hold the card. I sell them for 2/$1-$1 ea depending on what embellishments I add. I’ve made some ‘special order’ card holders for baby gift cards and birthday gift cards.

  3. Great way to ‘jazz up’ Gift Cards for ANY occasion! TEACHER gifts, Birthdays, New Mom, Thank You, etc.

  4. These are great! THANK YOU for your clear, concise directions. Makes it so much easier to follow along!

  5. I made quite a variety, beginning with Christmas, Valentines Day, Spring and Easter. Now making Mother’s Day and Graduation! Everyone loves them! Thanks for sharing your idea!

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