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Quick and easy gift card boxes

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DIY & Crafts

Quick and easy gift card boxes

Hi friends, Sometimes a gift card is the perfect gift-giving solution, especially if you're pressed for time or short on ideas. After all, there aren't too many people in my life who wouldn't get some serious use out of a Tim Hortons gift card! But if you're committed to giving a handmade gift, a gift card poses a problem. Yes, Uncle Tom is going to be over the moon about the 25 double-doubles he's holding in his hand, but there's nothing handmade at all about that little sliver of plastic. Enter than handmade gift card box. Quick, easy, cute and a cinch to personalize – these are the perfect solution when you're looking to add a bit of pizzazz to a gift of plastic. Come to think of it, they'd also be good for small gifts of candy, cookies or money. You'll need: card stock (I like holiday-themed scrapbooking paper), pencil, ruler, scissors, bone folder, glue and clothespins (optional). A template* comes in handy – I traced a cardholder that I received from Starbucks. Easy-peasy. gift-box-1 To make: 1. Trace your template onto the wrong side of your card stock or scrapbooking paper. I used a pencil and ruler to transfer the horizontal fold lines. gift-box-2 2. Use scissors (or an X-acto knife and ruler) to cut out the form. Then, using a ruler as a guide for the straight edges, score along the fold lines. If you don't have a bone folder, you could use the dull side of a butter knife, or even your thumbnail. Carefully cut a slit for the flap to tuck into. gift-box-3 3. Apply glue sparingly to the flap and the area of the join (applying glue to both sides makes it sturdier), and fold together. gift-box-4 4. Optional: Use clothespins to hold the flaps together while the glue dries. gift-box-5 5. When the glue is dry, fold the ends in on one side. Pop your present in, and then fold the ends in on the other side. Ta-da! gift-box-6 *If you'd rather download a template, you can find one right here – see Step 1.
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