Giving a gift card this year? Make it a little more personal and try this origami gift card holder. Easy to make and personalise so grab your prettiest paper and let’s get folding.
Christmas is right around the corner. Can you believe it’s less than 3 weeks away? If you have any last minute gift cards or money to give, today’s tutorial is for you.
Recently I learned how to make origami business card holders and after a little googling saw that people also use them as cute gift card and money wallets. A gift card always makes a great present but it can look a bit boring. This is a nice way to be able to make them look that extra bit special and give them a personal touch with some pretty packaging. So let’s pop on a couple of Christmas songs and get folding.
A Paper Trimmer or a Pair of Scissors,
A Bone Folder,
Some Baker’s Twine or String,
Wooden Gift Tags (optional).
I used some double-sided design paper from Søstrene Grenes but any heavy-weight gift wrap will do the job. I did try using scrapbook paper but found it was a bit too thick and curved up at the edges when I wrapped the string around. I’d still say it’s worth experimenting with what you already have though. I think it’s safe to say a lot of us probably have some Christmas wrapping paper currently lying around so give that a go first before rushing out to the shops.
Another thing I’d recommend is using a bone folder (although if you don’t have one a good alternative is to use the back of a butter knife) especially if you’re using thicker paper like scrapbooking cardstock. By running a bone folder along all the folds you will create nice, sharp creases meaning the paper will sit flat and help your finished gift card holder look more professional.
A QUICK AND EASY TUTORIAL ON HOW TO MAKE AN ORIGAMI GIFT CARD HOLDER (WALLET OR ENVELOPE).
If you’re new to origami make sure to check out these 3 Basic Origami Folds For Beginners.
1. Cut your paper to size. For a standard gift card I recommend a 9 x 9 inch square.
2. Now if you’re using patterned paper and you want the finished pattern to run top to bottom you need to rotate your paper 90 degrees so the pattern runs left to right.
3. Flip your paper over making sure the pattern is still running left to right.
4. Fold the paper in half and open back out. Make sure to run your bone folder along all the creases as you go.
5. Fold the left and right edges in to meet the centre fold.
6. Open the paper out again and fold the four corners in to meet the nearest crease.
7. Fold the left and right flaps in to meet in the centre.
8. Flip the paper over and fold the bottom up so the diagonal edges meet at the fold. You should be able to see a triangle in the middle of your fold.
9. Fold the top down in the exact same way and tuck it inside the bottom edge. You want them to overlap slightly as you do this.
Now is a good time to run a bone folder or the back of a butter knife along your folds. Sharp creases will help all the sides sit flat.
10. Slide a gift card into the side pocket to make sure it fits and fold in half. There should be plenty of space either side to remove your gift card. Fold in half and crease.
12. To finish add a gift tag (I used these wooden ones from The Works) before tying closed with some festive red ribbon or baker’s twine.
And there you go, a cute way to dress up your gift cards. Instead of throwing them straight into the envelope they came with, why not try out this easy origami gift card holder instead.
I hope you enjoyed today’s project. They’re such a fun way to custom wrap a gift card. Quick, easy and cute. My favourite kind of Holiday craft.