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Make a Little Gift Card Holder Right Now!

diy paper gift card holder

Raise your hands if you like to buy gift cards for people because they are wonderful and amazing and so easy and everybody likes gift cards. Raise your hand if you don’t want to spend $3 on a gift card holder because even though it’s cute, that’s ridiculous.

Let’s DIY our gift card holders in the sweetest, easiest possible way.

DIY gift card envelopes from Tiny Rotten Peanuts

Here’s What You Need:

  • Something to stamp a dot shape (look around your house- you probably have something round and flat to use. I used a foam marshmallow shape.)
  • White craft paint or acrylic paint or ink. Printing ink always works best and is less goopy for printing projects, but I just used acrylic.
  • scissors (don’t underestimate the importance of small sharp scissors when cutting paper.)
  • Colored card stock
  • Brayer


Brayer out your paint onto a flat surface. I love my butcher tray for paint projects. It’s so much nicer than using aluminum foil, which I previously used. Stamp your dot stamp onto the paint and then make dots all over the paper.


After they are dry, print my gift card envelope template here, and cut it out. Trace it onto the paper and cut that out.

Flip it over and fold each flap in, one at a time, until you reach the last one, which can be tucked under the first!

How to make a gift card envelope

You can write on the outside and the inside- add a little message and don’t forget to tell your recipient how much is on the card. OR! Better yet- write in that the card is for $100 over what it really is, and they’ll just assume the store made the mistake. Sweet.

Since you’re in the gift-buying spirit, why don’t you go see my 12 days of gift guides, because they are pretty terrific.


Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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  1. I’m going to try the gift card holders. Fun!
    On the plastic cards from stores I use a permanent marker and write the amount on there too, so the recipient can place the card into her wallet without forgetting how much is on it. I don’t know how many times I’ve handed a gift card to the barista, followed by, ‘Can you remind me how much is on this before I order?’

    • Me too, on the forgetting amounts! I have so many partially used gift cards floating around and I wish I could just put them all together to spend at one place.

  2. I like your tip about the amount. Brilliant!

    • Thank you very much. I thought that one up out of the blue, and I will use it on my sister this year. She’ll know I’m joking, but at least we’ll have some BIG CHRISTMAS LAUGHS.

      • That’s hilarious. Another way to get lots of laughs is if you and a family member get money from the same person, thank them profusely for the twenty thousand dollars they gave you. And wait for the giggles. Unless they really give you twenty thousand dollars. Then you can cry happy tears.

  3. Great idea, who doesn’t like gift cards and this adds a homemade touch.

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