How to Dress Up a Gift Card

Gift cards make great last-minute gifts and stocking stuffers, and most stores sell decorative holders.  But I think it makes a gift card look more special to make your own holder.  Here’s how to make a no-sew gift card holder for only a few cents.




Hot glue

Freezer paper


Puffy fabric paint (if desired)


Step 1

Cut out two pieces of felt that are a little bigger than the gift card.  You could also cut one piece and fold it over, but I like the look of two pieces.  The best way to do this is to sketch your pieces on the papery side of freezer paper.  Then iron the freezer paper shiny side down onto the felt.  Cut the design out following the sketch on the paper, then peel off the freezer paper.  This should make it easy to see the lines you’ve drawn, as well as make it easier to cut the felt without it stretching or pulling.

I’ve tried other ways of cutting felt in the past, but after trying this method, I’m never doing it any other way.  It was so easy, and worked so perfectly!

Iron On


Step 2

Cut out any additional pieces of felt to make the design of your choice.  The Santa card holder that I made is very simple, with only straight lines to cut, and a bit of fabric paint.Peel Off


Step 3

Hot glue three of the edges of the first two pieces of felt you cut.  My hot glue gun is a low-temp, so I had to work very quickly to be able to put my pieces together before the glue cooled.  I laid my pieces on top of each other, then glued half of each seam at a time.  Make sure you’re able to slide the gift card in and out before moving on.

Step 4

Hot glue the smaller pieces to the holder to make your design.  Be sure not to use too much glue, or stick your fingers in it.  Ouch!

Glue the pieces on

Step 5

If you think your design needs a little sparkle or detail, use the fabric paint to finish the look.


Merry Christmas!


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