The Old English rhyme, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe,” is the inspiration behind this free, printable gift card holder with matching gift card. As tradition holds, the items listed in the poem (minus the sixpence) are still given to brides today for good luck.
Do you know what each represents? The “old” object, such as a broach from grandma, represents continuity between the life the bride leaves behind and the love her family sends forward. “Borrowed” symbolizes hope for the future. A pair of earrings lent from a happily married woman, for example, is a way of sharing marital success. “Blue” is for fidelity, loyalty, purity and love. Blue painted toenails, a blue garter or a blue ribbon tied around the bouquet are all ways of following this part of the ritual. Besides the sixpence, which doesn’t sound all that comfortable anyway, the remaining item to give the bride is “something new!” This gift card covers that. Plus, since our Visa® wedding gift cards can be used anywhere Visa cards are accepted, the bride can buy the “new” item of her choosing. (I’d go with shoes!)
In the steps below, I’ll show you how I turned this “Something New” gift card into a gift that rivals any tissue paper present delivered at the engagement party or bridal shower. It took me less than 30 minutes to make.
The fun thing about this gift card holder is that any gift card is “something new.” If bride needs a gift card to DSW to buy new shoes or Nordstrom to buy a necklace, then you can get those cards instead of ours. The “Something New” card, however, is a perfect match that gives the bride total flexibility. Heaven knows, she may have to shop at more than one place to find the perfect pair of heels or the right color jewelry. All I’m saying is that it’s good to have options when finding something “perfect” is the goal.
After downloading the holder you want, print it on a color printer using “best quality” and “actual size” settings. (Do not select “shrink to fit” or any other setting that will change the size of the printed .pdf image.) White, card stock paper measuring 8-1/2″ x 11″ works best. Cut the holder with a paper cutter using the trim marks as a guide.
If you selected the flat holder, all you have to do is affix the wedding gift card to it. Using double-sided tape or glue dots, attach the gift card to the holder in the marked spot. (Be careful not to damage the magnetic stripe.) I like to hang gift card holders on a “little something extra.” If you’re planning to do the same, punch a hole in the top of the carrier and loop a piece of ribbon, twine or string through the opening. Attach the holder to a small gift the bride will need—whether it fits the rhyme or not. I made a burlap and lace ring bearer pillow with blue ribbons.
If you look at the printed side of the folded carrier, you’ll see an ever-so-faint line that indicates where to fold the card. The lines are at the 3″ and 6-1/4″ marks. Using a pencil, mark the back side (white side) of the carrier at those measurements.
The easiest way to fold card stock is to score it first. Although there are scoring instruments, I’ve found any sharp object that doesn’t mark or cut the paper will work. Using a ruler and the measured marks, score the paper on the fold lines. (Watch this video on how I score card stock.)
Fold up the gift card holder as shown. Using double-sided tape or a glue stick, seal the edges of the gift card pocket. Then put the gift card inside. Add a personal note in the white-space above the gift card, if you’d like. With that, the gift card is ready to go. Deliver it as-is, tuck the card inside a larger gift or punch a hole through the top (careful not to nick the magnetic stripe) and attach it to a simple bridal gift.
For my presentation, I sewed a simple burlap ring bearer pillow and tied lace around the middle. Wanting to tie-in the “blue” theme, I added two blue ribbons and a small, fabric flower. The smaller ribbon holds the gift card holder for delivery, but will hold the rings at the ceremony. Have you ever seen a more perfect wedding gift card holder? (I’m in love.)
If all of this crafting is too much, then let us do the work for you (minus the burlap ringbearer pillow, of course). When you order the ”Something New” Wedding Gift Card, order the standard greeting card to go with it. Have both delivered to your home or let us ship the cards directly to the recipient. For less than a couple of dollars, “something new” will be on its way to the blushing bride in no time.
For more free printable gift card holders, check out the free prints page or follow Gift Card Girlfriend on Pinterest. This wedding gift is on our Wedding and Bridal Shower Gifts board and our Free Printables Board.
For more wedding gift ideas, try the personalized gift card suggestions on our Wedding Gift Ideas page. With personalized Visa gift cards, you can use pictures to make this old rhyme a reality. An “old” picture of the two of you together, a picture of you wearing the skirt you “borrowed” (and never gave back) or a picture of the two of you in your teal blue prom gowns are all fun memories that can be turned into a bridal gift.
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Happy Gift Carding!
~Gift Card Girlfriend