So, today I am sharing a little tutorial on how to make this fun gift card holder in the shape of a tag.
I will warn you that this is a long post, but I promise that this is a very easy tutorial and you will have no trouble making this adorable gift card holder for all your friends, like I did for my friend.
To start, gather two pieces of patterned paper and a manilla shipping tag.
You will also need the following tools: glue stick, pencil, hole punch and scissors.
Begin by tracing the top of the tag onto the wrong side of your paper. If you are using double sided patterned paper, then do the tracing on the side that you want to face inside.
The tag does not need to be as long as the original, only long enough to slip in the gift card. If you make the pocket too deep, then the gift card will slip down inside and will not peek out the top of your holder.
Set the gift card inside the first lines that you drew and draw a line where the bottom should be.
Now, lay the tag beside the gift card along the bottom line that you just drew and trace up the left side of the tag like pictured here.
You should end up with something that looks like this...
Now lay the tag along that bottom line again with the tag laying horizontal like this. Let the top extend past the square lines that you just drew to create a tab.
Next, lay the tag vertical so that the top of the tag (with the hole) extends below the square lines, like so...
Your drawing should look like this. You just created the two tabs that will form the pocket.
From the tab on the left side, draw a diagonal line to meet the tag shape on the right. This will be the angle that your pocket slopes, so don't make it too steep.
Cut out your drawing around the outer lines. At this point, you can trace your cut design onto cardboard to make yourself a more sturdy template for future use.
The next time that you want to make another gift card holder, you will simply have to trace your cardboard timeplate!
The next step is to fold in your tabs along the lines.
At this point you are going to trace the top of the tag again onto your second patterned paper. This will form the colourful inside of your holder.
NOTE: If you used double sided patterned paper, you can skip this step.
Cut out that tag piece and adhere it to the inside top of your card holder like this...
With the left flap folded in, apply glue to the outside (patterned side) of the tab.
Fold the left side of the template over onto the right side, sealing down the tab onto the inside of the card holder.
This is just to keep the holder nice and tidy. You could adhere both tabs to the back of the card, but it gets a bit cluttered on the back with two tabs overlapping. You decide.
Flip your card holder over and adhere the bottom tab onto the back of the tag.
You are going to need a reinforcement for the hole in your tag. I had watercoloured some paper reinforcements and chose to add a bold pinky red reinforcement.
If you do not have a reinforcement handy, you could punch a circle from patterned paper (or solid), adhere it to the top of the tag and then punch through the center to make the hole.
Finally, you can embellish the front of your card holder in any manner that you please.
And there you have not only a cute little gift card holder for your next gift giving opportunity, but you also have a handy template to make even more!
I would be interested to know if you in fact make one (or many) of these little gift card holders.
Please leave a comment to let me know how it went!