This tutorial will teach you how to easily make a gift card holder for your store-bought or printable gift cards or online gift certificates.
Gift cards have become an easy, practical, and very popular gift! It’s gotten to where my adult children and nieces and nephews pretty much expect to get a coffee shop or bookstore gift card from me. Expected, but always appreciated. There was that year that I felt it was sort of a “cop-out” and got them all an article of clothing, carefully chosen. When they got the gift that I spent so much effort shopping for, I sensed the disappointment. I knew at once they were expecting that gift card and were secretly disappointed! Never again will I go that route.
Now I put the effort into finding creative ways to wrap the gift cards. The best, easiest way I’ve found is to make a gift card holder. I’m going to give you a sneak peek into this year’s version – using mint tins!
Collect your supplies.
- I’ve been collecting mint tins (I love these, so it hasn’t taken long to get what I need!). They are the perfect size to house gift cards.
- Use craft paint to paint your mint tins. Painting them is the easiest way to cover up the printing.
- Pick up a mint tin craft template in the Scrap Girls’ Boutique. This makes sizing so easy! I used ScrapSimple Craft Templates: Mint Tin.
- Look for themed digital supplies (papers, embellishments, etc.) that will give a hint as to what’s inside. I’m giving bookstore and coffee shop gift cards, so I’ll be using items from Value Pack: Bookshelf and Coffee House Collection Biggie.
- Select good quality photo paper to print on. The template I’m using is sized to print on 8.5×11-inch paper.
When you have your supplies, here’s what you do:
1. Sand your tins a bit. This will help your paint adhere to the tins. Open them up lay them flat on some paper. Paint them with craft paint. In my case, I used a silver craft enamel spray paint. Allow the tins to dry completely.
2. Open up the template in your editing software. ScrapSimple Craft Templates: Mint Tin contains templates for a mini accordion album and the mint tin cover and insides. For this project, I’m only using the template for the cover and inside to make my gift card holder.
3.Following the instructions that come with the template, use your themed digital supplies to design a simple cover. Use a coordinating paper for the inside. You need only the very basic skills to get good results! Mine looked like this:
4. Print out the cover and insides and cut them out. Adhere them to the mint tin using double-sided tape. Or you can use an adhesive coating such as Mod Podge® to adhere the cover and insides, as well as to coat/seal the tin.
There you have it! A personalized gift card holder that is simple and quick to make with easy to find supplies. Tuck in your store-bought or printable gift card, or fold up that online gift certificate and place it inside. Happy giving!