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.

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




  • 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


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


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


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


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


…forming a snowflake. Set aside.


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


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.


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


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.


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


Here’s where the gift card goes.


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)


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.


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.


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


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


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


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.



  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.

  2. Great idea!! You are so talented.

    Have a nice week.

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

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

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

  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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