Papercrafting Tutorial | Gift Card Holder

My family is big on gift cards. Well, *I* always loved shopping for my family members and picking out things specifically for them. But somewhere along the line everyone else said “I’m too lazy to shop not sure what to get for you so here’s a gift card.” If the rest of the family can do that, why am I still shopping and getting frustrated in line at the mall?

Gift cards for everyone!

To put my own stamp on it (pun intended…) I make gift card holders every year because it’s the one personal touch I can add. These holders were a big hit last year and they can be adapted to any size of gift card, so I thought I’d share a quick tutorial on how I made them.

Gift Card Holders

I didn’t really do any precise measuring. I just laid my card down in the middle of a sheet of pattern paper and marked lines with a pencil on each side of the card, leaving approximately 1/8 of an inch on each side so the paper can fold around the card. I used the pencil lines as a guide to score my paper.  Then, leaving about ¼ of an inch on both top and bottom I trimmed my paper to the size of the gift card.

Next, I used my Tim Holtz Design Ruler to mark a diagonal line on both of the fold over flaps. I used a craft knife against the metal edge of the design ruler to make the diagonal cuts along the pencil marks. Then I used the Fiskars Apron Lace edge punch to punch a decorative edge along the flaps on both sides.

I stapled the right flap to the bottom to form the pocket for the gift card. Next (and I don’t have a good photo of it – sorry about that!) I used my Silhouette to cut a circle with a diameter large enough to span the top of the holder. (In my example, they are approximately 2 3/4″ wide.) I folded the circle in half and attached the bottom half — make sure to only put adhesive below the fold line — to the back top of the holder to create another flap.

To bring it all together, I created the closure with brads. I punched two small circles from some glitter paper, attached a brad to each and adhered one to the front of the circle flap and one to the front of the left flap. I cut a long piece of crochet thread, attached a tag and wound the thread around the brads to keep the envelope closed.

Is your family big on gift cards too?

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. these are just way too cute! thanks for the tutorial!!!!

  2. Really great tutorial! 🙂

  3. I LOVE THESE!!!!!! I’ve already made my gift card holders for the year, but I might have to file this idea away for next year! So smart Tammy!!

  4. Those are great! I love that paper and the contrast of the red looks really good.

  5. I love giving and receiving gift cards! And this is a great tutorial! I can see myself using this in layouts too! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  6. That is so pretty! Love the colors on this!

  7. This is really great!! I have to keep this in mind, thanks!

  8. I have made and seen a lot of gift card holders, but none like these.
    I am going to try these for this year 🙂


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