December 12, 2017


'Tis the season. With less than two weeks left until Christmas, lots of us are running around trying to get things done. One of those things can involve gifts and gift cards. At times, folks are frustrated with the presentation of gift cards. Rather than just put this plastic card inside a card or envelope, it's so much more fun to give when they are enclosed in something that is almost a gift in itself.

While I wish I could take credit for my gift card holder design, there are a plethora of variations on this design all over the Internet, especially Pinterest. So, why, as they say, reinvent the wheel? I grabbed the basic premise and made it my own.

Stick with me and I'll share the instructions for making 
your own cute Santa Suit Gift Card holder at the end.

A little added interest to the inside of the gift card holder:

It's so easy to just slip off Santa's belt to get inside the package!

I bet you have one or two gift cards that could use a cute home. Here's how to do it:

Real Red cardstock
Basic Black cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Silver Glimmer Paper

A retired stamp set, but there are so many that could be substituted

Real Red ink
Black ink

Simply Scored tool
Tear and Tape
Punches:   3/4" Circle Punch
                3/4" Square Punch
                1 3/8" Square Punch
                Trim Punch 

Use a 2 3/4" x 9 3/4" piece of Real Red cardstock for the base of this gift card holder. With the Simply Scored, score at 3 1/2" and 7". Fold on the score lines.

Slide the 3/4" Circle Punch halfway down the center of the shortest section, and punch.

Put strips of Tear and Tape along the two short sides. After peeling off the backing, adhere the sides together to form your pocket. The long unpunched flap folds down to encase the gift card.

On a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the greeting in Real Red. Punch this out with a 1 3/8" Square Punch. Adhere this right below the punched half circle. Stamp To/From in black below the greeting.

Punch the white trim on Santa's suit from a 2 3/4" x 1/2" and 3 1/2" x 1/2" strips of Whisper White cardstock. (If you don't have this trim punch or a substitute, simply use two straight pieces of white cardstock.) Adhere first the vertical strip down the center of the front, followed by the horizontal strip across the bottom.

TO MAKE THE BELLY BAND (BELT): Take a 1/2" x 6" strip of black cardstock and wrap it around the closed gift card holder, overlapping in about the center. Trim one end to form the point of a belt. Adhere the belt together so it will slip easily on and off the gift card holder. Punch a 3/4" square from silver glimmer paper. Adhere this to the center of the belt. Add a 1/2" square piece of black cardstock to the center of the silver buckle.

Don't forget to add the gift card!

Are you doing well with all your Christmas preparations? With having fallen down the stairs just two weeks ago, the doctor assured me that I would be well for Christmas, "but probably not the preparations". So I am struggling. I mean, there is a certain amount that HAS to be done, right?



  1. This is such a cute idea, Linda! And yes, the belt adds so much. I might could even do this myself. :) Thanks for sharing.

  2. This is perfect! Too cute! Thanks for sharing with Party in Your PJs. :)

  3. That is so cute! Aren't you crafty. I love belts (if I don't have to wear them!) Teresa

  4. so very cute great way to give a gift card much more appealing than the gift of giftcard with no wrapping
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  5. I love this gift card idea. This would be great for teens. Watching them slip off Santa's belt to get to the gift is a great idea. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best. You always have cute ideas.

  6. Thank you very much for this useful article. I like it.,

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