Saturday, December 15, 2012

How To Make Quick & Easy Matchbook Gift Card Holders


Posted by lauralooloo

Some people think gift cards are a cop-out during the gift-giving season . . .but I for one LOVE to receive a gift card! Come on, free money for guilt-free shopping expeditions!? It's the gift that keeps on giving! Jazzing up a gift card in fun packaging can give the gift card some added zip and personality. It's the perfect finishing touch.

matchbook gift card holder by laura williams, for www.acherryontop.com

These matchbook gift card holders can be whipped up in just a few minutes, using whatever supplies you have on hand.  

In addition to my everyday tools and supplies, here's what else I used:

Bo Bunny Snow Day collection: patterned papers - Pajamas, and Journal, plus Bo Bunny Snow Day cardstock stickers
Cappuchino Brown Bakers Twine 
Canvas Corp Mini Flat Bags
Scor-Pal (The Scor-Pal makes quick work of the scored lines on this project, but a ruler and folding by hand will get the job done as well.)
 
First, we'll construct the matchbook base.  
matchbook gift card tutorial by laura williams, for www.acherryontop.com

Trim patterned paper (or cardstock) strip to 9.25x3 inches.  Score strip at 4, 4.25, and 8.5.


matchbook gift card holder by laura williams, for www.acherryontop.com

Fold in and sand edges.


matchbook gift card holder by laura williams, for www.acherryontop.com

Staple the small flap near the very bottom.  This will keep the large flap secure when you tuck it in. 

(Before you staple, fold the large flap in, so you know how low to add the staple.)  


matchbook gift card holder tutorial, by laura williams, for www.acherryontop.com

To prepare the pocket, use a small flat bag (like Canvas Corp's Mini Bag) and punch a half circle from the top front.  

matchbook gift card holder by laura williams, for www.acherryontop.com

Adhere pocket to inside of matchbook.  Now comes the fun part. . .decorating!

I created two different coordinating gift card holders, simply playing around with the Bo Bunny Snow Day cardstock stickers, and journaling paper.  I added some twine to finish off the projects and then all that's left is to add the gift card of your choice.  
matchbook gift card tutorial by laura williams, for www.acherryontop.com  matchbook gift card holder by laura williams, for www.acherryontop.com

I decorated the front of each, plus the inside flap, using a journaling tag to add a "to/from" and a little note. 

matchbook gift card holder by laura williams, for www.acherryontop.com

Easy-peasy! AND it will definitely bump up that gift card present to the top of the favorites list in a hurry!

Remember that the matchbook gift card holder can be easily transitioned from a winter theme to any holiday or celebration you can think of.  Follow the same instructions and substitute any themed product you'd like!

Check out the rest of my article at A Cherry On Top by clicking HERE.  I'll share card ideas made from the left over parts and pieces of this project and more links to product suggestions.

guest designer call
Click here to find out how to submit



Post a Comment