Free printable gift card holder to match the adorable, whimsical Merry Christmas gift card. Easy to make and fun to give!
“Gifting Made Easy” by Gift Card Girlfriend
An easy way to present a gift card is to put it inside a frame. Simply buy a small photo frame or framed piece of art, put the card on top of the glass and wrap it all up with a bow. That’s the typical way to frame a gift card. For this whimsical “Merry Christmas” gift card, however, I wanted to try something similarly fanciful. See below for how I added gift cards and ornaments to a collection of open frames.
1. Order Gift Card and Download Printable
First things first. We need a gift card. Since the whimsical Merry Christmas card inspired the printables, I’m going to stick with the card that matches. I do believe, however, that any gift card would be a welcome addition to these picture frames. So please do what works best for you and your budget. (Remember, these gift card holders are good for holding cash or a check as well.)
Order the Merry Christmas Gift Card
Download the matching Flat Merry Christmas Gift Card Holder
Download the matching Folded Merry Christmas Gift Card Holder
2. Print the Holders
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.
The flat gift card needs little else done to it to make it “presentable.” Simply attach the card to the backing with double-sided tape (preferably not across the magnetic stripe) and decide if you’ll be hanging the printable or placing it in a frame. If you’re going to hang the holder, then punch a hole in the top of the printable and use ribbon or twine to finish the job.
This set is adorable as it is, but feel free to embellish it like I did with our “Peace on Earth” design. Add a little bling to the bulbs, tie a sparkly ribbon on the printed present or make the card lift off the page with three-dimensional foam tape. Let your creativity go!
3. Make the Folded Holder
If you look at the printed side of the folded printable holder, you’ll see that the paper should be folded where the design meets the white space. Even though I can clearly see the line on the printed side, I always measure it so I can score the paper on the opposite side before folding. 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.
4. Score the Folded Holder
The easiest way to fold card stock is to score it first. Using the marked measurements, score the fold line using a ruler and a scoring instrument. (Believe me, this can be any semi-sharp object. I normally use whatever is handy, but have found that the edge of a pen lid works quite well.)
5. Add the Gift Card
When the card is folded, use tape or glue to seal the sides of the bottom flap, creating a little pocket to hold a card, cash or a check. Take a moment to write a note on the inside of the card (upper fold) as well.
6. Frame it Up
To make the frames, I bought some inexpensive frames at the dollar store. Using a mix of sizes and shapes, I painted the frames to match the Merry Christmas gift card and attached the cards with coordinating ribbons and twine. I hung an ornament in the remaining open frame. You could use this same idea to hang cards on a gift card wreath or on a Christmas tree.
Go with the Greeting Card Instead
Making prepaid cards feel personal couldn’t be easier than using our printable holders and matching plastics. Order, print and present! I love it. But if crafting is too much for you or you need to ship your gift instead of delivering it in person, then order the gift card and have it mailed with a matching greeting card instead. You can emboss the plastic card itself with a message plus add a personal greeting to the greeting card as well. We can ship the card to you or mail it directly to the recipient. Just like that, your Merry Christmas gift card is on its way!
Get More Ideas
For more free printable gift card holders, check out the free prints page or follow Gift Card Girlfriend on Pinterest. If you use this printable, send me a link to your page in the comments below or send me a message on Twitter (@GCGirlfriend) so I can check it out!
Happy Gift Carding!
~Shelley Hunter, Gift Card Girlfriend