DIY Graduation Gift Card Holder

Giving a gift card for graduation? These DIY graduation gift card holders are simple to make and a great way to present your gift. Learn how to make them here.

Giving a gift card for graduation? These DIY graduation gift card holders are simple to make and a great way to present your gift. Keep reading to learn how to make them.

My son graduated from high school last year.  Three weeks after graduation, he was leaving for a once in a lifetime trip to Europe.  All he wanted for graduation was money he could use on his trip.  So we decided to give him a gift card for graduation to provide the spending money for his trip.

I knew the gift card would be much appreciated by my son, but gift cards can be so impersonal.  I didn’t want to just stick it in a card – I wanted to put some thought into the packaging.  So I pulled out my craft supplies and got to work making a handmade gift card holder.

These graduation gift card holders are pretty simple to make and don’t require a lot of special equipment.  You just need a paper trimmer.  Then you can decorate the front with whatever stamps or die cuts you want.

Giving a gift card for graduation? These DIY graduation gift card holders are simple to make and a great way to present your gift. Learn how to make them here.

I used the Stampin Up Celebrate Today stamp set and coordinating Balloon die set to decorate this DIY gift card holder for graduation.  By changing up the paper and embellishments though, you could easily make these for birthdays, weddings, or other special occasions. 

Creatively Homemade Supplies Needed

DIY Graduation Gift Card Holder Supply List

Here is a complete list of supplies and tools you will need to make these gift card holders for graduation.  You probably have some of it on hand already, like a paper trimmer and adhesive.

Celebrate Today Photopolymer Stamp SetCelebrate Today Photopolymer Stamp SetBalloon Framelits DiesBalloon Framelits DiesStampin' TrimmerStampin’ TrimmerVELCRO Brand - Thin Fasteners - Premated - 3/8VELCRO Brand – Thin Fasteners – Premated – 3/8Layering Circle Framelits DiesLayering Circle Framelits DiesPaper-Piercing ToolPaper-Piercing ToolStampin Up Designer Series PaperStampin Up Designer Series PaperStampin Up CardstockStampin Up CardstockSnail AdhesiveSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsStampin’ DimensionalsFast Fuse AdhesiveFast Fuse AdhesiveMini Glue DotsMini Glue DotsTear & Tape AdhesiveTear & Tape Adhesive

 

***  Just a heads up that the Celebrate Today stamp set and coordinating dies are retiring.  I have used this fun set for so many occasions and am definitely going to miss it. Right now the Celebrate Today is on sale for 15% off and the coordinating Balloon die set is on sale for 20% off (while supplies last) so it is a GREAT time to pick those up for use when you need birthday or celebration cards.

Creatively Homemade Video Tutorial

DIY Graduation Gift Card Holders Tutorial Video

If you are a visual learner, you will want to watch this video tutorial to make gift card holders for graduation.

Creatively Homemade Tutorial

Instructions to make Gift Card Holders for Graduation

For those of you who would prefer written instructions for this diy graduation gift card holder project, here ya go….

Giving a gift card for graduation? These DIY graduation gift card holders are simple to make and a great way to present your gift. Learn how to make them here.

Cut and Scoring

  • Cut a 3″ X 11″ piece of Daffodil Delight Cardstock
  • Cut a 1-3/4″ X 4-1/4″ piece of Daffodil Delight Cardstock
  • Put the long edge of the 3″ X 11″ piece of cardstock against the top of your score board and score at 3-1/2″ and 7-3/4″.
  • Measure 1-1/4″ from the first score line and place a dot along the bottom edge.  Line up that dot and the top left corner and cut the paper at a diagonal.
  • Crease all fold lines with a bone folder.
  • Take the smaller piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock and place a dot halfway along the top edge (2″).  Use a 1 inch circle punch to take a notch out of the top edge, being sure to center the dot.
  • Cut a 4-1/4″ X 2-3/4″ piece of Cherry Cobbler Designer Series Paper
  • Cut (4) 3″ X 2-3/4″ pieces of Cherry Cobbler Designer Series Paper
  • For 2 of the 3″ X 2-3/4″ pieces of DSP, measure 1″ along the 3″ edge and place a dot.  Cut from the dot to the corner at a diagonal
  • Cut a 1-3/4″ square of black cardstock

Stamping

  • Using black ink, stamp Happy Graduation on the notched piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock.
  • Using Daffodil Delight ink, stamp the tassel onto a scrap of Daffodil Delight cardstock.

Die Cutting

  • Cut a 2-1/4″ circle from Crumb Cake cardstock
  • Cut out the stamped tassel with the coordinating die from the Balloon framelits set.

Assembly

  • Adhere the patterned paper layers to the front and the back of the gift card holder using Snail Adhesive.
  • Apply Tear Strip to the bottom and side edges to the back side of the notched piece.  (The front side has the stamping.)  Remove the backing and adhere to the bottom of the middle panel of the inside of your gift card holder.
  • Apply Tear Strip to half of the Crumb Cake circle and adhere to the front diagonal flap.
  • Adhere the black square to the circle with Stampin Dimensionals.  Position it at an angle so it resembles a graduation mortar board.  Use a glue dot to add the tassel to the mortar board.

And that’s all there is to it!

Pin this DIY Gift Card Holder for Graduation tutorial for later:

While you are here be sure to check out my other projects that used the Celebrate Today Stamp Set and Balloon Framelits Dies.

I hope you have enjoyed this DIY graduation gift card holder tutorial.  So tell me… do you have any family or friends who are graduating this year? 

2 thoughts on “DIY Graduation Gift Card Holder

  1. Kathy Beemer

    Hey, I have that stamp set! What a clever way to use the ‘tassel!’

    Reply
    1. Jen Post author

      That’s a fun stamp set, isn’t it? I was sad to see it is being retired.

      Reply

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