Tuesday, November 27, 2001

Gift Card Giving

This is a copy of the class I helped with at Inspired to Scrap.  For a list of all the design team members holiday posts, be sure to head over there.

I don't know about you, but for some reason I don't just love giving a gift card for a holiday or birthday.  It seems so ...well, I guess I am just old fashioned.  Don't get me wrong, I love getting them, but.....Because of that, I like to make something more personal to hold the gift card in.

This year I came up with a couple of ideas for holding the gift cards.

You may have seen a few of these paper trees around.  They are super easy to make.  I started with a foam cone shape from the local craft store.  I decided to mix it up a bit by cutting a slit in the bottom of the cone so that I could insert a gift card which I had placed in a binder clip.  The blinder clip provides a stand for my tree and allows for easy removal of the gift card.  I covered the cone with rectangular scraps of paper approximately 1 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch.  I curled the edges, and starting at the bottom worked my way to the top, layering each piece in a spiral fashion.  After adhering all the paper to the cone I added bits of bling flourishes I cut apart.  After the gift card is removed, you still have a fun, festive, holiday decor item.

The next gift I made was for those coffee shop gift cards we are all so fond of getting and receiving.  I hand cut the card from a template (which I have included here) and decorated.  The card can stand on its own and I thought it made the perfect theme gift.

 And finally, a money holder.  It is the perfect size for bills, a chocolate bar, savings bond, etc.  I have attached a template for this one as well.

Well, off to maybe get some fun things to go inside of these.