Holiday Extravaganza: Decorated Gift Card Pocket

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The Holiday Extravaganza continues with this guest post from Sara Naumann

Gift card pockets Sara Naumann
Let’s decorate pretty pockets for gift cards!


Hello, lovely holiday crafters! A big welcome and thank you to Kristin for organizing the Holiday Extravaganza.

It feels like November has flown by and the Christmas countdown is well underway. I know a lot of us fall into somewhat of a panic when trying to make or choose a perfect gift for someone. Gift cards are a definite option, but if you’re like me, you also feel a little pang of guilt about them.

We love them because they make the holiday season just that much easier—and you can get them for just about any shop or restaurant these days. They’re a great idea for that hard-to-buy-for person, the person who has everything, the person with the hobby you don’t understand well enough to shop for, or the person you just want to treat with a latte or two from Starbucks.

And yet.

Yet while they’re easy and convenient, there’s something sort of anonymous about the gift card. Something that just begs to be personalized. So what to do when you want to give a gift card a little DIY treatment?

A fun little pre-scored cardstock pocket and some basic papercrafting supplies, and you’re set for dressing up a gift card with its own personalized style. Take a look—

Sara Naumann gift card holder

These little gift card holders are dressed up with patterned papers, stickers, ribbon and little silk flowers. They’re sturdy and can hold a commercial gift card (the plastic kind that look like credit cards); you could also fold up a paper gift certificate and tuck it inside. Giving cash? That fits too! :)

Best of all, they’re super-simple and quick to make—and you can dress them up to suit the recipient’s personality.

Gift card holder open

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Sara’s Surfaces™Just a Pocket
  2. Pretty papers (Christmas patterned scrapbooking papers, old sheet music)
  3. Scissors
  4. Glue stick
  5. Embellishments, like ribbons, stickers (these are Dazzles™ from Paper Wishes), silk flowers, brads


Here’s how to decorate your blank Just a Pocket:

1) The pocket comes flat and unglued, so you’ll just open it up. You’ll want to choose a patterned paper to cover the top flap, and a different one to cover the bottom flap. Have those on hand.

Gift card holder Sara Naumann

There’s a glossy side and a matte/dull side to the paper. Use a little stick glue to cover the glossy side of the top flap. Be sure to apply glue to the edges and corners, and just a bit in the center.

Sara Naumann gift card holder

2) Now glue the patterned paper to the top flap of the pocket. I usually place my patterned paper pattern side down, then place my glue-y pocket cover along one edge. That way I don’t waste paper and it’s easier to cut around it!

Sara Naumann gift card holder

3) Flip it over and smooth really well.

Sara Naumann gift card holder

4) Then use scissors to trim off the excess paper.

Sara Naumann blog gift card holder

5) Do the same to cover the bottom flap with your other paper.

Sara Naumann gift card holder

6) Turn the piece over and fold it up. You’ll need to put some glue on the side flaps, then press the bottom flap up. I like to pop a heavy book on top to make sure the glue dries securely.

Gift card holder pocket Sara Naumann

Then you can decorate the front! Tear a strip of coordinating paper (I like to use sheet music) and glue across the bottom or top flap. Add stickers. Loop a piece of ribbon and tape it to the top flap, then put a brad through a silk flower and glue it on top.

You can mix and match any kinds of patterned papers. I find scrapbook-weight papers work best for this, and it’s a great way to use those smaller pieces of paper that we all seem to have.

Here are some more ideas—

Sara Naumann gift card holder

Sara Naumann green with dots

Sara Naumann Red with music

Sara Naumann red and green

Another thought: While these are great for Christmas gifts, you can always swap out the paper for birthdays, weddings and other occasions. And if you’re not giving a gift card, these pockets are fun for giving someone a special recipe or handwritten note of appreciation, too.

Like these ideas? For more free projects and inspiration, you can pop on by my blog any time, or check out my weekly show on You Tube. Every Wednesday I post a new video tutorial on cardmaking, stamping and papercrafting. You can even subscribe to the channel and I’ll send you a little update when I post the newest segment.

Many thanks for stopping by and a HUGE thank-you to the lovely Kristin of rukristin papercrafts for hosting the Holiday Extravaganza!

Happy Holidays!


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