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How to Make a Gift Card Envelope With a String Closure

5 decorated gift card envelopes and the supplies needed to make them

My kids love getting gift cards, but that seems so sterile as a gift. So I came up with these handmade gift card envelopes. They are the perfect size to hold a gift card and the cardboard backing (if you fold it). That way, the recipient knows you put some thought and effort into their gift. (And they still get what they want.)

Materials Needed

  • Scissors
  • Credit card or other tool to crease a fold
  • Double sided tape or glue
  • Pencil
  • Sharp object to poke a hole with
  • 9" of twine
  • 2 brads and 2 sturdy circles (I glued 2 layers of cardstock together & cut them out.)  Alternatively, you could sew 2 buttons on if you are using heavy paper

 Supplies needed to make a gift card envelope

You'll also need the envelope form. The templates can be purchased here: Gift Card Envelope

When you print out the templates, if you print one of the backing papers on the back of the templates, your flap will be pretty when you fold it down. Otherwise it will be white (or the color of your paper).

An envelope template printed on both sides

Step 1

Cut out the template and fold it along the four lines as indicated.

String Closure envelope fold lines

Step 2

Place the circles where you want them to go. Mark the center with a pencil.

Step 3

Use a sharp object to poke holes through the pencil marks.

Poking holes to insert the brads

Step 4

Use brads to attach the circles to the envelope.

Attaching closures to envelope

Step 5

Use double sided tape or glue on the long flap and fold the envelope to seal it.

Sealing the edge of the envelope

 Step 6

Seal the bottom flap in the same way.

Envelope with sealed bottom and side

Step 7

Tie the twine around the top closure and knot it. Snip off the short tail. You can put a bead on the long end and make a couple of knots to hold it on if you want.

Adding a string tie to close envelope

Your envelope is now ready to fill it with a gift card and seal it with a few wraps of the string.

A DIY gift card envelope with a gift card

If you want it to be extra special, you can decorate it.

Decorated gift card envelopes

These envelopes are also great for storing and gifting little pen pal treasures.

mini envelopes to hold stickers and washi tape

A video showing how I decorate and construct one of these envelopes is here:

Mini Envelope YouTube Tutorial










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