Sunday, November 27, 2011

Craft Tutorial: Snowflake Gift Card Holder

My niece and nephew are a tween and a teen, respectively. Thus, they love gift cards. I thought I’d dress up their gifts this year by creating a personalized gift card holder, attaching a little envelope onto the humble toilet roll snowflake.

Easy Snowflake Gift Card Holder - The Silly Pearl

Here’s how the gift card holder looks from the back:

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Materials:

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  • Empty toilet roll
  • Craft knife
  • Self-healing mat
  • Ruler/Straight edge
  • Adhesives (I used glue dots, double-stick tape and a Xyron sticker maker)
  • Decorative paper
  • Velcro (optional)
  • Paper punches
  • Something to create personalization in front (I just printed out the letters, or you can use stamps, cut-outs, etc).
  • Hole punch
  • Thin ribbon or twine

Directions

You (and/or your kids) have probably made a toilet roll snowflake before, but if not, then here’s how:

Flatten toilet roll with your hand

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Using your craft knife, cut 1/2 inch pieces of toilet roll. You’ll need six for one snowflake.

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Apply adhesive (either glue, glue dots, or double-stick tape) to the end of each piece.

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Stick them together at the ends until you have six pieces…

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…forming a snowflake. Set aside.

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Now we’ll make the envelope to fit your standard gift card with some wiggle room. Cut a 3.5×10-inch piece of paper

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Fold it at 4 inches, then fold the top down which will be the envelope flap. So you’ll have two four-inch sections plus a 2-inch flap.

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If you like, you can cut a corner, or round the corners, or leave it as is, etc.

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Apply double-stick tape to the edges of the middle section, fold up the other 4-inch section and press onto the tap, forming the envelope.

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I found some sticky Velcro dots in my stash, from 7 years ago, while experimenting with different wedding invitation designs. Does Velcro expire?

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Here’s where the gift card goes.

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Now we’ll make the sticker that goes on top of the snowflake. Cut out your background shape (this is a 1.5-inch circle)

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And cut out one with your personalization on it. I used the Harrington font, 80pt. Apply adhesive (I used the Xyron here) and stick onto the background shape.

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Then use glue/glue dots to apply to the snowflake. Most of the sticking will be on the middle of the snowflake where all the “petals” join together.

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Then adhere the back of the envelope on the other side of the snowflake.

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Punch holes at the top of the top petal and string on a piece of thin ribbon or twine.

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And you’re done. Here they’re doubling as an ornament, or you could use them as a topper on a bigger gift.

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I have already given these to my niece and nephew, who both said “oh cool!” when I gave it to them. Yep, that’s me…cool auntie.

  Steph

9 comments:

  1. I love these and will use them for sure this year for my nieces (hubby's side) who are teens. They are always hard to shop for so I LOVE gift cards and movie passes. :)
    Steph, you make using toilet paper rolls so cool! Because of you, I've been saving them... Chinese New Year coming up! :)
    Hope your Thanksgiving was lovely.

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  2. Great idea!! You are so talented.

    Have a nice week.

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  3. Oh I will be making a few of those for Christmas. Thanks for sharing them with us!

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  4. what a great idea!!! they're so pretty1

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  5. How adorable! Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.

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  6. You come up with the best ideas! I love this for making a gift card more special. Thanks for sharing with this week's Throwback Thursday party.

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