Gift Card Holders

(Last updated February 6, 2009)

I mentioned in a post that there are a lot of gift card holder templates out there (on Splitcoast and elsewhere). I thought I’d post some of my favorites. I’ll add to this page as I create more. If some of the instructions turn out to be as clear as mud, I’ll try to add photos of each step (or make a PDF or something).

First, is a popular type floating around everywhere. It’s kind of like a mini card, usually held closed with a ribbon, with the gift card sitting in a cardstock insert inside. I shared this on my post about the Love You Much bundle promotion.

Gift Card Holder
Gift Card Holder
Inside gift card holder
Inside gift card holder

Basic instructions:

  • Start with cardstock 4″ x 11″
  • Along the 11″ edge, score at 3-1/2″, 5-1/2″, 7-1/2″
  • Fold at all score lines, making a “W” shape; the middle of the “W” is what will hold your gift card
  • Place sticky strip along the 3-1/2″ score line (on the back side of the middle section), such that it will hold the middle of the “W” closed
  • Use your word window punch to punch an opening; punch 1/4″ from each side
  • Clean up between the two word window punch-outs with the small oval punch
  • Decorate as desired; tie closed with ribbon

Another way to give a gift card is to make a box. I’ve found that a box used to hold 3×3 cards is the right size to hold a gift card. You could adjust the shape to a rectangle if you want; I’m lazy. 🙂

Hugs & Kisses box (side)
Hugs & Kisses box (side)
Frosty Box
Frosty Box

Basic instructions for lid:

  • Start with cardstock or DSP 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″
  • From each edge, score at 7/16″ and 15/16″
  • On the top and bottom edges only, snip at 15/16″ score line from edge to 15/16″ score line on both ends (this will create 4 flaps 15/16″ x 15/16″)
  • Fold up edges with the flaps attached; fold flaps to 15/16″ score line (don’t fold at the 7/16″ mark)
  • Secure the first fold on the two edges with a little Tombow
  • Fold the other two edges at the score lines
  • Open edges up and tuck in flaps from the other sides
  • Secure all sides closed

Basic instructions for bottom; box is 2″ deep:

  • Start with cardstock 7-1/2″ x 7-1/2″
  • Score at 2″ from each edge
  • On the top and bottom edges, cut from edge to first score line (this will create 4 flaps that measure 2″ x 2″)
  • Add sticky strip to the outside of all 4 flaps
  • Fold at all score lines
  • Remove sticky strip liner and attach flaps to the inside

If you want a 1-1/4″ deep box, start with cardstock that is 6″ x 6″. This allows you to make 4 boxes out of one 12″ x 12″ piece of cardstock and one 12″ x 12″ piece of DSP.

Added 12/24/08:

Okay, this one is not exactly for a gift card, but it’s similar enough. Plus, I wanted to save the dimensions because my only sample will be given away tonight.

Money Holder
Money Holder
Money holder inside
Money holder inside

Basic instructions:

  • Start with a piece of cardstock 8″ x 7″.
  • Along the 8″ edge, score at: 2-7/8″, 3″, 5-7/8″, 6″.
  • On the 7″ edge, score at: 6-1/2″ and 6-5/8″.
  • Cut along the 6-1/2″ score line, up to the 6″ score line on the 8″ edge. (You want to leave a flap only on the 2″ x 6″ section.)
  • On the inside, cut a triangle from the corner opposite the scored flap. I measured 2″ from the flap and 1″ up from the left edge.
  • Fold all score lines and secure the side flap to the back panel with sticky strip.
  • Decorate as desired.

Added January 13, 2009:

I found that the small open-end envelopes are perfect for gift cards. You can tuck the gift card into the envelope itself. I also thought it would be cool to use the Word Window punch to cut a slit that you can slip the gift card into. That way, it’s more obvious that it is in your card. 🙂

Envelope Card Holder
Envelope Card Holder


Envelope Card Holder Open
Envelope Card Holder Open

Basic Instructions:

  • Crease small open-end envelope at 3-1/2″ from flap end.
  • Using anywhere glue stick, adhere a scrap to the outside of the envelope flap. Trim.
  • Cut a DSP piece 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ for the inside nearest the flap. Insert into the envelope about 1/4″ down (basically where it would be adhered), and trace the envelope opening. Cut out the extra piece, then adhere to the envelope with the anywhere glue stick.
  • Cut a DSP piece 3″ x 3-1/4″ and adhere to the other side of the inside of the envelope.
  • Cut a DSP piece 3″ x 3-1/4″ and adhere to the front of the envelope.
  • Decorate front with an element under which you can tuck the envelope flap.
  • Insert the Word Window punch into the envelope and punch an opening for your gift card. You will have to manipulate the envelope a little to get the punch to go to the sides enough to create a big enough opening.

The second one is based on an ATC/gift card holder kit that I bought made by Pinecone Press. You basically create a sleeve that you can slip the ATC or gift card into.

Pocket Card Holder
Pocket Card Holder

Another version:

Pocket Card Holder with Note
Pocket Card Holder with Note


Pocket Card Holder with Note (open)
Pocket Card Holder with Note (open)

Basic Instructions for the pocket:

  • Cut a piece of cardstock 4″ x 6″ (simple, huh?)
  • Along one end, score at 2-3/4″ and 5-1/2″.
  • Rotate 90 degress and score at 3-1/2″.
  • At this point, you will see a 1/2″ border around 2 sides. Where the borders meet, snip at 45 degree angle. This will create a notch for 2 flaps. These will be the two flaps you will keep. Cut the other flap off (2-3/4″ x 1/2″ piece).
  • Notch the other ends of the remaining 2 flaps.
  • Put sticky strip close to the ends of the flaps.
  • Crease all folds.
  • Assemble your pocket.
  • Using a 1-1/4″ circle punch, punch a notch at the opening of your pocket.

Added January 15, 2009:

I saw this one in a technique challenge on Splitcoast. This is really a variation of a holder I’ve done before (see first project above). Essentially, you attach the holder to a piece of cardstock to make it more like a card. That, and the gift card is held in the other direction (you can read it when you open it).

Holder with Bashful Blue
Holder with Bashful Blue
Holder with Old Olive
Holder with Old Olive

And open:

Holder (open)
Holder (open)

Basic Instructions:

  • Cut a piece of cardstock for your base: 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″. Set aside.
  • Cut a piece of DSP for your holder: 4″ x 12″.
  • Score DSP at 4″ from each end and in the middle (4″, 6″, 8″).
  • Crease your DSP into a W shape, with the desired outside/inside pattern.
  • Use sticky strip to hold the inside W peak closed (so it becomes a flap). Make sure not to put any sticky strip near the crease.
  • Use the Word window punch to create an opening at the crease of the inside flap. Center the punch along the fold, then punch again about 1/4″ to 3/8″ on each side.
  • Create and punch a sentiment and adhere over the punched edge (make sure not to get adhesive on the opening). You can use a circle punch or a square punch.
  • Adhere the pocket holder onto your base.
  • This will fit into a regular A2 card envelope.

Added February 6, 2009:

Here’s a mini bag that is large enough to hold a gift card. This project uses a 1/2 sheet of 8-1/2×11 cardstock or less than a 1/2 sheet of DSP. I wanted to make something useful, but economical, too! 🙂

The finished dimensions of this bag is 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ x 3/4″.

Valentine Mini Bag
Valentine Mini Bag

Basic Instructions:

  • Start with a piece of DSP or cardstock 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″.
  • Along the long direction (so scores run in the short direction), score at 3/4″, 4″, 4-3/4″, and 8″.
  • Along the short direction, score 3/4″ from each edge.
  • Find the strip that is 1/2″ wide. Snip at each score line to the first score line. Remove the bottom 3/4″ x 1/2″ piece. On the top 3/4″ x 1/2″ piece, slightly taper ends.
  • On the bottom edge, snip to first score line along each score line.
  • On the top edge, punch 1/16″ hole 7/8″ from each FINISHED edge on the front and back of bag so that the holes will be on the inside of the bag once you fold over the top. You will have 2 holes for each side of the bag.
  • Add sticky strip to the following places on the FRONT of the DSP: under each handle hole, on the top 3/4″ x 3/4″ scored panel (at the edge), and on the side 1/2″ x 4-1/2″ strip (near the score line).
  • On the BACK of the DSP, add sticky strip: on the back of the tapered 3/4″ x 1/2″ panel (at edge) and on the 3-1/4″ bottom flap attached to the designated front of the bag (at the edge).
  • Fold DSP at all score lines.
  • Cut 6″ pieces of hemp twine and thread through handle holes from inside of bag. Fold top edge over.
  • Assemble box: side panel without top edge, then bottom, then finish top edge.
  • Attach tags or other decoration as desired. I punched tags in different sizes and attached them with linen thread.

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