1 Christmas Card = 2 Gift Card Holders
I know it’s not even Halloween yet but this recycling idea came to me yesterday when I stumbled onto a stack of Christmas cards I had stashed away on a shelf. I’ve been digging in my studio trying to find a baggie filled with beads that I just saw a few weeks ago. Of course now that I want them for a project they seem to have vanished into thin air! Ahhh, the life of a crafty, vintage, arty, borderline hoarder. I know they will show up and will be in a spot that most likely is glaring right at me but right now they are invisible! So instead of being frustrated any further I decided to try out my recycling idea and I’m happy to say it worked out perfectly and was super easy.
I started with a Christmas card that measured 4″ x 5.75″ but you can use any card size you want. This size just allowed me to keep the entire image without having to cut it down to fit a gift card. My completed gift card holders measure 2.75″ x 4″.
Once you have your card picked out and if you’re like me and save all your Christmas cards you had to go through quite a few. Now using a paper trimmer cut the Christmas card in half horizontally as shown in the photo above.
Using a Fiskars medium sized circle punch I punched a 1/4 circle at the opening of the gift card holder. The top card I decided to punch a 1/4 circle on the front then punched a 1/4 circle on the back of the bottom card. The reason I punched my 1/4 circles in two different areas was so I could keep the wording from inside the card from being shown.
To create the pocket of the gift card holder, using my sewing machine and white thread I stitched a straight stitch all around the top, left and bottom edges of the card.
I decided to distress the edges of one gift card holder then added a little sparkle by accenting areas on both gift card holders using Diamond Stickles.
And there ya go… super cute and very original gift card holders. And since the back of most Christmas cards are solid in color you have the perfect spot to right who it’s for along with a holiday sentiment.
Now I’m off to look for that darn baggie filled with beads in gorgeous shades of chocolate brown, vintage pink and aqua.