Wednesday, July 21, 2010

DIY Gift Card Holder

Often my clients ask me if I have a gift card holder that I can rent them for their guest sign in table either at the ceremony or reception. I do have a couple of gift card holders but if I feel the box doesn’t match the theme of their wedding, I would make a new gift card holder. The gift card holder would not only serve its original purpose, but I would give the holder to my clients as a keepsake box as well.

Here are some tips on making your own gift card holder:

1) Size of box – The gift card holder should not be so big that it is the first thing your guests see when they approach the guest sign in table. Wedding gifts should be welcomed and appreciated but not expected.

2) Finding the perfect box – I am not one to save every single box when I buy something. When I find the need for one, I am often scrambling around the house or paying an outrageous amount on an empty box (which I hate doing.) Recently, I found an excellent source for the perfect sized box at a reasonable price. This source is Canada Post. They have a variety of sizes of boxes. This find was actually quite exciting for me.

3) Wrapping the box – Although I love the size and price of the Canada Post boxes, they are not exactly pretty. The boxes can be wrapped with a variety of different paper or fabric. Although I haven’t found a need for it yet, I think wrapping a box in handmade paper would be absolutely gorgeous. (Yup, I just used the word “gorgeous” in the same sentence as “box.”)

4) Decorating the box – The gift card holder should fit in with the theme of your wedding. An easy way of doing this is to use any leftover decorations you may have. You will be amazed how quickly you can decorate your box with leftover ribbon from your pew bows, scraps of paper from your handmade wedding invitations, and silk rose petals that are going to be placed down the ceremony aisle.

5) Have fun with it – Use your creativity and have fun when making your gift card holder. You can’t mess it up. Even if you feel you have created something you are less than proud of, remember the guests that you have invited to your wedding all (or most) love you regardless of your creativity.

The first (unprofessional) picture is my newest creation for a green wedding. The other pictures are some gift card holders I have made in the past. I hope these pictures will give you some ideas on creating your own gift card holder. Really, it is not hard. You can create it!

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