Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Upcycle Gift Card Holder

The Reveal
Hello PMB friends, this is Michelle here today. I hope you enjoyed the new Cherry Blossom kit reveal and the blog hop last week. Thank you so much for visiting all the DT's blogs and leaving such kind comments. I was really excited to see the kit in person, since I love the Asian theme and especially the cherry blossom motif. My Chinese name relates to the plum blossom, which basically looks like a cherry blossom, so I have a lot of sakura themed items lying around the house. 

I was thinking that some people may not like the theme or find it too specific, so I wanted to say never let a collection's theme discourage you from using it. You can totally use it outside of it's immediate purposes. There are a lot of floral motifs in this collection, so you can easily use it for spring, outdoors or Easter projects. I also noticed the bright, vibrant colors so I thought it could easily be adapted for Christmas projects. I choose some red, green and pink papers and made a Christmas gift card holder. 

Christmas Gift Card Holder

Pull out tag with gift card or note inside
The Tutorial
I was at an all day crop and my friend was telling me that a toilet paper roll will flatten down to be a cute holder for a card. I was kind of amazed and wondered who thought to do this. I went home to try and it works!

1. Flatten a toilet paper roll. A bone folder helps with making the two creases.


2. Seal one end with something strong. I used red line tape and then some staples for good measure. 


3. Cut a piece of patterned paper at 6 x 4.25" and wrap it around the toilet paper roll. Adhere the paper onto the roll using a tape runner. 


4. Cut a piece of cardstock 5.5 x 2.25" to make a tag that will slide inside. To decorate my tag, I tied a bow using the shimmery May Arts ribbon and topped that off with the Basic Grey fabric covered stitched brad.


5. Decorate the holder. I punched out some stars and glittered them with Stickles. I made 5 creases from each point to the center of the star to create a 3-D effect on my largest star. I also made a belly band to wrap around the holder. 


5. Stamp your sentiment. I stamped on the vellum that comes in the kit for a more subtle effect. 

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial. I encourage you to use your collections and don't be limited by its theme. Once I won a circus and dinosaur collection and thought I'd never use them since I don't have kids, but I did find a way to use both collections.

I hope you have a great day and thanks so much for stoppin' by!

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17 comments:

  1. LOVE this idea...it's FAB!

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  2. What a great idea!! I loveeeeeeeeee the stars!!!!

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  3. wow this is awesome...what a great idea...

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  4. such a creative idea! love it.

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  5. I absolutely love this idea! So pretty.

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  6. This looks so cute! I can't bring myself to use TP rolls, haha - maybe I'll be persuaded eventually!

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  7. This is so cute! And who knew it would be the perfect size!

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  8. This is such a cute idea! With boys in my house we have a lot of empty rolls!

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  9. Your gift card holder looks great. What an awesome idea!

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  10. That's so cool, I'd never have thought of doing this with a toilet paper roll. I have pinned this for future reference! I like the bright colours of it too. x

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  11. Great way to upcycle - definitely have a lot of empty rolls :)
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. WOW! This is an amazing upcycling project! I love how you think, Michelle!

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    1. I love how you think and craft. That's what I meant to say:) LOL!

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  13. I left a toilet paper roll sitting on the bathroom counter and it's been there for several days now, ever since I saw your project. Today my hubby tried (and that's the operative word here: "tried") to throw it away. I said, "HEY, that's mine!" Sheesh, look what I have become....poor guy! LOL

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    1. Sorry to cause dissension, I guess you'll have to use the roll soon. He seems like he has a good sense of humor judging by your photo so he might be understanding about collecting materials for future use.

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