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How To Make Gift Card Holder With Cricut


Modified: December 28, 2023

by Bethina Buckler



Gift cards have become a popular choice for giving presents, offering flexibility and freedom to the recipient to choose a gift of their liking. However, simply handing over a gift card can lack the personal touch that comes with a wrapped gift. That’s where a DIY gift card holder comes in handy. Not only does it add a creative touch but also makes the gift presentation more special.


In this article, we will guide you on how to make a gift card holder using the versatile Cricut machine. Cricut is a cutting machine that allows you to create intricate designs and cut a variety of materials effortlessly. Whether you are new to using a Cricut or an experienced user, this tutorial will provide step-by-step instructions to create a beautiful and personalized gift card holder.


By following this guide, you will be able to create a stunning gift card holder that can be customized to suit any occasion, from birthdays to holidays. So, let’s gather our materials and get started on this fun and creative project.


Materials Required

Before we dive into creating our gift card holder, let’s gather all the necessary materials. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cricut cutting machine
  • Cricut design software (such as Cricut Design Space)
  • Cardstock or patterned paper
  • Scoring stylus or scoring tool
  • Adhesive (double-sided tape, glue, or adhesive dots)
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Embellishments (such as stickers, buttons, or gems)
  • Scissors
  • Marker or pen (optional, for personalizing the gift card holder)

It’s important to note that the specific materials you choose will depend on your own preferences and the design you have in mind. You can mix and match different colors, patterns, and textures to create a unique and personalized gift card holder.


Once you have gathered all the materials, you’re ready to move on to the next step: choosing a design for your gift card holder.


Step 1: Choosing a Design

When it comes to designing your gift card holder, the possibilities are endless. You can choose a design that matches the recipient’s interests, the occasion, or simply go for a design that reflects your own personal style.


If you’re using the Cricut Design Space software, you’ll have access to a wide range of pre-designed templates and images to choose from. You can also upload your own designs or customize existing ones to make them uniquely yours.


Consider the following factors when selecting a design:

  • The shape and size of the gift card holder: Decide whether you want a traditional envelope-style holder or something more unique like a purse or a slider card.
  • The theme or occasion: If it’s for a specific occasion like a birthday or a holiday, you might want to choose design elements that reflect that theme.
  • The recipient’s interests: If you’re creating the gift card holder for someone with a specific hobby or interest, incorporate elements that align with their preferences.

Take your time to explore different design options and find inspiration online. Pinterest and crafting websites are great resources for finding ideas and free templates. Once you’ve chosen the design, make sure to save or bookmark it for easy reference.


Now that you’ve selected your desired design, let’s move on to the next step: setting up the Cricut machine.


Step 2: Setting up the Cricut

Before we can start cutting our gift card holder, let’s make sure the Cricut machine is properly set up. Follow these steps:

  1. Connect your Cricut machine to a power source and turn it on.
  2. Install the necessary software (if not already installed) and ensure it is updated to the latest version.
  3. Connect your computer or mobile device to the Cricut machine via Bluetooth or USB cable.
  4. Open the Cricut Design Space software and log in to your account.
  5. Select the appropriate machine model, if prompted.

Once the machine is set up and connected, we can proceed to the next step: loading and cutting the cardstock.


Note: It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and safety precautions when setting up and operating the Cricut machine. Always refer to the user manual and resources provided by Cricut for more detailed information.


Step 3: Loading and Cutting the Cardstock

Now that we have our Cricut machine set up, it’s time to load the cardstock and start cutting our gift card holder. Follow these steps:

  1. Measure and trim your cardstock to the appropriate size for your chosen design. Make sure it will fit comfortably within the cutting mat of your Cricut machine.
  2. Place the cardstock onto the cutting mat, aligning it with the guidelines or grid lines on the mat.
  3. Insert the mat into the Cricut machine, ensuring it is positioned accurately and securely.
  4. In the Cricut Design Space software, select the design you previously chose for the gift card holder.
  5. Adjust any settings such as size, quantity, or cutting pressure, according to your preferences and the recommendations provided by the software.
  6. Click on the “Cut” or “Go” button in the software to initiate the cutting process.

Now, sit back and let the Cricut machine do its magic. Watch as it precisely cuts out the intricate design on the cardstock.


Once the cutting process is complete, carefully remove the cardstock from the cutting mat, making sure not to damage the delicate details.


With the cardstock cut out, we’re ready to move on to the next step: assembling the gift card holder.


Step 4: Assembling the Gift Card Holder

With the cardstock pieces cut out, it’s time to assemble the gift card holder. Follow these steps to bring your creation to life:

  1. Take the main piece of the gift card holder and fold along the scored lines, if applicable. This will create the base of the holder.
  2. Apply adhesive to the designated areas on the cardstock, typically along the flaps and edges, to secure the structure of the holder.
  3. Carefully align the flaps and edges together, pressing firmly to seal the adhesive and form the holder’s shape.
  4. If your design includes additional layers or pockets, follow the same process of folding, applying adhesive, and aligning the pieces together.
  5. Allow the adhesive to dry or set as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Assembling the gift card holder requires attention to detail to ensure a sturdy and functional final product. Take your time and make any necessary adjustments to ensure a seamless assembly.


Once the gift card holder is successfully assembled, it’s time to move on to the next step: decorating and personalizing.


Step 5: Decorate and Personalize

Now that the gift card holder is assembled, it’s time to add some personal flair and make it even more special. Here are some ideas to decorate and personalize your creation:

  • Embellishments: Add decorative elements such as stickers, buttons, bows, or gems to enhance the visual appeal of the gift card holder. Choose embellishments that complement the design and theme.
  • Handwritten Messages: Use a marker or pen to write a heartfelt message or the recipient’s name on the outside or inside of the holder. This personal touch adds a warm and thoughtful element.
  • Customize with Vinyl: If you have a vinyl cutting machine like the Cricut, you can create custom decals or monograms to apply to the gift card holder. This allows for endless possibilities in personalization.
  • Patterned Paper or Washi Tape: Use patterned paper or washi tape to create borders or accents on the gift card holder. Mix and match colors and patterns to add visual interest.

Remember, the goal is to make the gift card holder unique and tailored to the recipient’s preferences or the occasion. Let your creativity shine and enjoy the process of adding personal touches.


Once you’re satisfied with the decorations, it’s time to move on to the final step: inserting the gift card.


Step 6: Inserting the Gift Card

With the gift card holder beautifully decorated and personalized, it’s now time to insert the gift card. Follow these steps to complete your DIY creation:

  1. Open the gift card holder and locate the designated slot or pocket where the gift card will be inserted.
  2. Slide the gift card into the slot, making sure it fits securely. If needed, adjust the card or the holder to ensure a snug fit.
  3. Close the gift card holder, ensuring that it is properly sealed or secured to keep the gift card in place.

By inserting the gift card, you’re adding the final touch to your handmade creation. Take a moment to admire your work and appreciate the effort you put into making the gift card holder extra special.


Once the gift card is securely in place, your DIY gift card holder is ready to be gifted to a lucky recipient. They will not only appreciate the thoughtful gesture but also admire the creativity and effort you put into making their gift extra special.


Congratulations on successfully creating a beautiful and personalized gift card holder using the Cricut machine. Now it’s time to share your creation and make someone’s day even brighter!



Creating a DIY gift card holder with the help of a Cricut machine is a fantastic way to add a personalized touch to a gift. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can design and assemble a beautiful gift card holder that reflects your creativity and thoughtfulness.


From choosing a design to decorating and personalizing, each step allows you to infuse your unique style and create a one-of-a-kind gift presentation. The versatility of the Cricut machine, coupled with your imagination, opens up a world of possibilities for creating stunning and customized gift card holders for any occasion.


Not only will recipients appreciate the effort and craftsmanship that goes into making a DIY gift card holder, but they will also be delighted by the extra thoughtfulness and personalization. It’s a small gesture that can make a big impact and make the gift-giving experience even more memorable.


So, the next time you have a gift card to give, consider making a DIY gift card holder with your Cricut machine. Let your creativity shine and enjoy the process of crafting a unique and personalized gift presentation. It’s a wonderful way to show your loved ones how much you care.


Now, gather your materials, fire up your Cricut machine, and start creating amazing gift card holders that will leave a lasting impression on your recipients. Get ready to amaze and delight with your handmade creations!