While I enjoy making gifts for my family and friends, there are times that a gift card is simply the right gift choice. Umm, teenage boy. Uhhh, teenage girl. When I give a gift card, I want to dress it up a bit and add a handmade touch. Making these DIY gift card holders from recycled Christmas cards is the perfect handmade touch. Oh, and they’re frugal and earth-friendly, too.
It all begins with recycled Christmas cards. I save all those beautiful Christmas cards that I receive every year. I even have my friends and family bring me their Christmas card fronts. The images are so engaging and I just have to find ways to repurpose those cards. Often I make gift tags from repurposed Christmas cards. This year I also figured out how to upcycle Christmas cards to make my own DIY gift card holders. Not only are they adorable, they’re really easy to make. Really.
Organizing Storage Tip – save just the front of the cards to cut the storage space in half.
DIY Gift Card Holders
- Christmas Card Fronts – Look for cards with images that are the size of a gift card. You can use a portion of the complete image if it fits the size of a gift card.
- Double Stick Tape
- Paper Cutter or Scissors
- Oval Paper Punch – This is not required, but makes it easy to create the perfect opening.
- Scor-Pal – This is also not required, but makes folding the cards with perfect creases a snap.
Measure – I eyeball the measurements when I make these DIY gift card holders, but I took measurements to help you with your first card.
- Place the gift card over the image to determine the front of the gift card holder.
- Mark measurements lightly with a pencil to determine your cuts.
- Add 1/16 inch on either side of the card (the top and bottom) to give enough space for the card to slide in and out.
- Add half of the card’s height on one side and half plus 1/4 inch to allow the flaps to overlap and be taped closed on the back of the card sleeve.
- For the width of the card, measure the width and add 1/4 inch for the space to tape the left side closed.
- Measurements for a Standard Gift Card – Mark your card to 3 3/4 inches by 4 7/9 inches with your card image centered, with an extra 1/4 inch on one side of the width and one side of the length.
Cut – Cut the Christmas card to the size you marked out with your paper cutter or scissors.
Fold Card – I used my Scor-Pal to crease the card for perfect folds. You can also use a ruler to create sharp folds.
Tape Holder Shut – Tape the DIY gift card holder closed. I use standard double stick tape and cut the pieces half to create thinner pieces of double stick tape.
Punch Finger Grip – I used an oval punch to create the finger grip area where you grasp the gift card. You could also use scissors to free-hand cut out this area.
After you create your first gift card sleeve and get the hang of it, you can make one in about 4 minutes. I don’t know what makes me more happy, how adorable these DIY gift card holders are, that they’re frugal, that they’re earth-friendly or that I made them myself.
Do you give gift cards as gifts? Give these DIY gift card holders a try and dress up those gift cards while repurposing old Christmas cards.