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12 Aug

How-To Tuesday: Gift Card Holder

This How-to Tuesday is a guest post by one of our SMP Crafters! Michelle Cashman is a publicity assistant who has helped Karen on numerous How-to Tuesdays…take it away, Michelle!

Gift cards are lifesavers.  Sure, I always try to look for that perfect gift but sometimes if that alludes me due to time, funds, or a general feeling of “I just don’t know what to get them,” I never feel bad about purchasing a gift card for someone.  It always guarantees that they can get exactly what they want (just so long as they like the store you bought it from).

One thing I do hate about gift cards is the store-branded holders they come with.  I find them ugly and tacky. What if I didn’t want all the other guests knowing I only bought you a $10 Starbucks card for your birthday? So instead of using the designated holder, I whip up my own customized ones in a few minutes using adorable scrapbook paper. They are cheap to make and one piece of standard sized scrapbook paper can make several holders.  The instructions below fit a standard sized gift card.

Scrapbook paper, preferably heavy-weight
Glue or double stick tape
Clips (optional)
Stickers, glitter, decorative materials (optional)

1. Using the corner edge of your paper measure a rectangle that is 4 1/2 inches long x 3 1/2 inches wide. Then,  draw a line down the middle of your rectangle (this will be 2 1/4 inches from the outside edge).  You gift card should be able to fit inside of these two rectangles.

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2.  On the right side of the rectangle, draw a line 3/8 inches from the outside edge. Then draw another line 3/8 inches from the bottom edge of the right rectangle. These will form the tabs.

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3. Draw four angled lines on each end of the tabs you just created. You can erase any excess lines you have on the paper.

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4. Cut out the pattern. Be careful not to accidentally cut off the tabs.

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5. Score the paper on the remaining lines. One for each tab and one down the middle, making sure you don’t cut through the paper. (Note: if using a thinner weight paper, you may not have to score the paper as long as you can bend and fold it easily)

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6. Put a thin layer of glue on the outside of each tab.

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7. Fold the left side of the holder over, securing to the tabs.  If necessary, use clips to secure the back of the holder to the tabs while it dries.

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8. When the glue is dry, you can customize the card holder further with stickers, glitter, or whatever your crafty heart desires!

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Now your gift card says more than, “I didn’t have time to buy you an actual gift.”  It will say, “I got you this awesome gift card because you deserve to treat yo’self and because I love you, I took the time to make you the fabulous one-of-a-kind holder because that’s how special you are to me.”

Want to kick this up a notch? Here’s some other awesome DIY gift card tutorials courtesy of Buzzfeed!

Ready to take your gift card to the next level? Buy Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe and give it a go!

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One comment on “How-To Tuesday: Gift Card Holder
  1. Nettie says:

    You could always post your interests in a forum like Maybe try to put in an ad in the paper too? People who are looking for the same things as you will look in similar places! Also, there are some great sites online that offer student tours and even though you might be a -few- years older than a college student, I bet they could push you in the right direction. Happy travels!

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