Gift cards are a great solution when trying to come up with a gift for the man, woman or child when you just can't decide on the perfect one. The extra benefit is that usually after Christmas that gift you might have bought right before the holiday is now 50% off so the gift card recipient gets an added benefit of getting more for your money! But to give a naked gift card is just plain, well, plain. You could buy the fancy gift cardholders sold right next to the gift cards…or you can craft a unique one yourself for practically nothing. As an added benefit, it doubles as an ornament!
You will need:
Tan embossed felt (you may substitute regular tan felt if desired)
White sparkle stiffened felt
Tacky Craft glue (I use Aleene’s quick grab)
6 inches of gold cord
Large seed beads in various colors
Gingerbread boy or girl pre cut felt shapes, optional snowflake felt shape
Cardboard for making a pattern, tracing paper
1. Cut a piece of felt 7 inches by 3 inches. Run a bead of glue down each long side and fold in half to attach. You will have a 3 ½” pocket. Use clothespins on the seams to hold until the glue is set. Let dry.
|Roof pattern. Click on and print full size|
2. Using the roof pattern provided cut two from the stiffened white sparkle felt. If it is easier, make a pattern out of recycled cardboard (cereal boxes are a great source) to use for tracing around.
3. Choose one side to be the back of the house. Make a loop out of the gold cord. Add a dot of glue to the top edge of the back and attach.
4. Add some glue on the pocket back over where you just glued the hanging cord just on the upper edges being careful not to get any glue too close to the pocket opening. It is easier to put the glue on the pocket and not the roof piece. Do not get glue on each roof corner.
5. Turn over and glue a roof piece to the other side. This time, add some glue on the overlapped corner edges thus attaching both sides together with an opening at the top. Be careful not to get glue to close to the upper edge of the pocket so that the roof will retain the opening. Use a clothespin on each roof corner to hold till the glue dries. Let dry completely.
6. Glue some large seed beads in multi colors around the edges of the front of the house.
7. Put some glue on the back of a gingerbread boy or girl and attach to the front of the gingerbread house. You can add optional precut snowflakes to the front as well if desired.
After it is dry fill the gingerbread house with a gift card or any small gift and hang on the tree!