Friday, December 7, 2012

Quick and easy gift card holder ornament

The best value for gift-giving these days seems to be a simple gift card. It allows the recipient to go to a store they like and choose an item they actually want and can use.  As an added bonus most of the times after the holidays are over, many of the same items purchased a week previously are marked down.  The main drawback is the impersonal nature of the gift card itself. This easy to make gift card holder is also an ornament. This project is easy so why not make few with your children?  You can even put a small Holiday wish note in the pocket instead of a gift card if desired. And it's a super teacher's gift too!

You will need:

Felt in desired color, embossed felt is a nice touch.

Card stock, in white or a coordinated color

9 inches of thin gold cord

Tacky glue ( I recommend tacky glue since it has a thicker consistency and does not bleed through the felt)



Small jingle bell or button for closure

Decorative buttons, felt or foam shapes or miniature trinkets (This is the area to personalize for the recipient.)

1.     Cut the card stock into a 6-inch by 8-inch rectangle.

2.     Fold the cardstock in half meeting end to end.

3.     Rotate and fold in half again. (See photo)

Turn and fold again

4.     Open the folded piece of cardstock.  Fold up the lower right hand corner using the fold line as a guide. (See photo)  Refold the card.  You have formed a little pocket.  Put a dab of glue at the lower corner to secure the pocket.

5.     Cut a piece of felt for the cover 6-inches by 4-inches.

6.     Cut two pieces of gold cord, 5 inch for the hanging cord and 4 inch for the closure.

7.     Turn the folded cardstock over and put a dab of glue on the back center fold.  Make sure the pocket opening is facing up on the left side. Make a loop with the 5-inch gold cord and glue to the top.

8.     Continuing on the back of the card, measure two inches down from the left side, make a loop with the 4-inch gold cord and attach. This will be the closure loop. Check to make sure the pocket is positioned correctly.

9.     Spread a generous amount of tacky glue onto the entire back and attach the felt.  Let dry.

10. Glue a button or small jingle bell onto the front of the card holder to correspond with the gold closure cord and let dry. 

11. Decorate the front of the holder.  Using the tacky glue, attach buttons, felt or foam shapes or any miniature trinkets as desired.  


  1. What a great idea for a gift card holder --- I love that you used felt on the cover!

  2. I was planning on using the pattern I saved from the holder you showed last year that was such a hit but now I believe I'll be making some of these. I like that the holder can be hung on the tree and it really is so much nicer to personalize the gift card with an attactive handmade holder. Thanks for sharing. Hugs

  3. ADORABLE. What a great idea. I love your thought behind it, that gift cards can be impersonal so why not make a holder/ornament to go along with it. AND, your version turned out perfectly. I'd be happy to hang that on my tree :)

  4. Love this idea, great instructions too!

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  6. Great idea!! Thanks Crystal ;o) Hugs ;o)

  7. Very useful and they look great! Love this idea.

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  8. I'm gonna have to do this!!! Thanks for sharing. I love it!!!!

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  10. Thanks for sharing such a stylish gift card idea. Will definitely be making some for this Christmas.

  11. I like this idea. I love to receive handmade gifts for Christmas because it shows that the person was really thinking of me and willing to invest their precious time. This takes away that impersonal nature of the gift card.... avery nice and thoughtful presentation!

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  13. What a wonderful idea :) I am visiting you via Somewhat Simple. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas. Happy Holidays. Anu

  14. This is genius....LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!

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  16. I love these! I may have to make a few for some gift cards we're planning to give this year. Thank you so much for sharing at our Holiday Happenings party and have a wonderful holiday season.

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  18. I love this idea for giving a gift card. So pretty!

  19. Your gift card holders are lovely! I too enjoy making crafts. I'm visiting from Wicked Good Wednesday and hope you will drop by to say hello. Have a great weekend.


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