Friday, December 24, 2010

11th Day of Christmas - Origami Gift Card Holder

Now that Christmas is almost here, the only gifts left that I will be buying are gift cards. They are quick, easy, and almost everyone enjoys receiving them. To be more creative, I make an origami gift card holder for the card. This card holder is created out of a sheet of regular 8.5x11 paper.

I will also be enjoying my favorite holiday drink while making my gift card holders, a hot buttered rum! I have a great recipe that I use to make these. You can even make this in a non-alcoholic version just by substituting the rum and hot water for some hot apple cider.

Hot Buttered Rum or Cider batter.

1 cup of butter softened
1 quart of vanilla ice cream softened
2 cups of light brown sugar

Using a mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Mix in the softened ice cream until well blended. Store this mixture in an air-tight container in the freezer.

Hot Buttered Rum

1-2 TBSP batter
2 oz rum
Hot water

Place the batter in a mug and add the rum. Fill the mug with hot water and stir. Garnish with cinnamon.

Hot Buttered Cider

1-2 TBSP batter
Hot Cider

Place the batter in a mug. Fill the mug with hot cider and stir. Garnish with cinnamon.

Gift Card holder

1. Start with and 8.5x11 sheet of paper.

2. Fold in one bottom corner to create a triangle. Crease.

3. Unfold the triangle.

4. Fold the other side in to create an opposite triangle. Crease. Open the paper.

Hint: When you unfold the paper, there is an "X" in the middle of your paper.

5. Fold the paper up from the bottom, so your fold runs across the middle of the "X". Crease.

Hint: There will be a 3.5 inch section of paper at the top extending up.

6 Using the existing fold lines on the right side, fold in the paper into the middle creating a triangle. Press down.

7. Repeat on the left side.

Your paper should now look like this.

8. Fold down each corner of the triangle to the bottom point. Crease each side.

Hint: This will create a diamond shape. Both flaps will be able to open in the middle.

9. Put your fingers inside the right flap that is created with the downward fold. Open the fold side to side.

Hint: This will now create a square.

10. Crease the paper down and repeat on the left side.

Now your paper should look like this.

11. Fold down the right corner of the square. Crease. Repeat on the left side.

12. You are left with a triangle that points up in the middle. Fold this down and crease.

Hint: There is a pocket that is starting to form.

13. Fold the bottom point up and crease.

14. Tuck the point inside the pocket.

Now your pocket is created.

15. Place your gift card inside the pocket and fold the right flap over. Crease. Repeat on the left side.

16. Fold down the right and left corners to create a point at the top.

17. Fold the point down, crease, and insert into the bottom pocket.

Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting



  1. Gonna go get folding right away! Thanks!!! Happy Holidays!

  2. Thanks for explaining in detail...I have two left thumbs...sometimes I have to go back to the instructions over and over again. I bet my kids would enjoy this project too!

  3. Sandra, you're a pro now, yay! And thanks to Jeanne at the Shoreline store for showing us this first. :)

  4. What a great idea! I'll have to try this one! Thanks for sharing!

  5. lovw shopping at paperzone!! i rarely get out of there under $75!! keep up the good work

  6. My favorite drink batter recipe! Love the origami! Happy Holidays!

  7. Great gift card Idea! love that recipe!

  8. That is totally cool. I love origami and this is a great idea. Wish I had thought of it. Ty for the detailed instruction's as well. lolol.

  9. Thanks for the folding instructions! I printed a design on the paper and started with the design face-down, and I like how it turned out.