Let’s face it—gift cards are the perfect gift to give and get for everyone on your list. The downside of checking off your list with a gift card? It can make gift giving feel last-minute and impersonal.
Unless, of course, you know how to turn gift cards into thoughtful gifts like our guest blogger, Brittni from Paper & Stitch. From block gift card holders and pom pom gift card wrapping to a monogrammed clutch gift card holder, there is no shortage of DIY inspiration to reach for this holiday season!
Hi there! Brittni here from Paper & Stitch and today I’m going to show you three DIY ways to make gift card packaging even more special for friends and family during the holiday season. Each project idea is quick and easy, no DIY experience required. So, settle in with a cup of hot cocoa and these DIY holiday packaging ideas…
Block DIY Gift Card Holders
This first one is the most involved of the three, so let’s start here. That said, it’s still very, very easy. These block gift card holders are a gift-within-a-gift, so they can be reused after being gifted, as a photo or notes display holder, etc. Here’s what you’ll need to make your own…
- Wood blocks and flat bottom rounds (painted or raw)
- Bendable copper or gold wire roughly 12 inches long (in a thickness that matches your drill bit)
- Drill and drill bit
- Wood glue or heavy duty craft glue
- Pliers (for bending the wire)
- maurices gift card
- Start with raw or painted wood blocks and balls in various sizes (up to 2 inches). Drill a hole through the center of the block. Note: You do not need to drill all the way through to the other side of the block. You just want to go deep enough that you can get your wire in snug.
- Next, starting at the top of the wire, begin bending into various loops or shapes, overlapping several times. While you’re bending, keep in mind, you’ll want to create a ‘pocket’ area where the gift card can rest comfortably.
- Next, add a little bit of wood glue to the end of your wire and place the wire inside the hole you drilled in step one. Wait for the glue to dry and add a gift card and/or photo, personal note and you’re all set.
Take it further: Attach multiple blocks together with wood glue and wait for the glue to dry completely, before moving on to step one, for a bolder look.
Pom Pom DIY Gift Card Wrapping
For something super simple, but with plenty of personality, pick out unique wrapping paper and make some pom poms. Just insert a gift card into a gift card holder (or wrap it as is, if you don’t have a holder), wrap it in your favorite wrapping paper and then follow these instructions for making pom pom embellishments for your package…
- Wrapped gift cards
- Pom pom maker (any size)
- maurices gift card
- Using a pom pom maker, wrap yarn around each side of the half circle, until both sides are completely filled, and have at least 3-4 layers of overlap on top of each other as well.
- Next, close the pom pom maker as shown and lock each end into place.
- With a sharp pair of scissors, cut into the ridge of the pom pom maker, all the way across on both sides, as shown in the photo.
- Add a piece of string (at least 12 inches in length) inside the ridge and tie it in a tight double knot.
- Unlock and remove from the pom pom maker. Use the remaining string to tie pom poms to your wrapped gift card.
Monogrammed Clutch Gift Card Holder
This is another gift-within-a-gift wrapping idea (can you tell I like those?) and it’s even easier than the first. All you’ll need is a cool mini clutch or wallet and some gold sticky letters. This DIY will take all of 60-seconds to complete, making it the quickest AND easiest on the list…
- Clutch or wallet
- Gold sticker letters
- maurices gift card
- Remove letter from sticky paper and attach to wallet or clutch.
- And add maurices gift card inside. That’s it! It’s easily removed, without damaging the clutch or wallet you’re gifting, once it’s received. And it provides a customized and simple way to give a gift card that goes beyond basic wrapping.
Take it further: If you opted for smaller letters, you could also use this idea to write a full name or phrase right onto the clutch or wallet. This would be a fun way to incorporate inside jokes, nicknames, etc.
Now that you’ve learned three DIY gift card wrapping and packaging ideas, you’re good to go. Hope you found some inspiration with these ideas for gifting this holiday season. Photography by: Amelia Tatnall Lawrence