My husband, Ben, and I have been taking advantage of Giant Eagle’s gas program by buying gift cards to stores and restaurants that we frequently visit. This way, we save money on the food/items we needed anyway!
However, the gift cards have been piling up on our mantle and really we forget to grab it more times than not. So, I came up with this great idea of displaying the gift cards somehow next to the door that leads to the garage. This way, we’ll be able to see the gift cards on our way out, and remember to use them!
Above is the final product without the gift cards. I used different scrapbook papers for each slot so that when there’s no gift card in the slot, it will still look colorful on the wall!
- 6 scrapbook paper, color/design of choice
- 8 x 10 canvas (I painted mine black already)
- sharpie and pen
- double side adhesive tape runner
- mod podge (not pictured)
- paper protector
Step by step instructions:
- Trace a gift card on the back of a scrapbook paper
- Find a circular item (quarter, button) and trace a semi-circle at the center top of the gift card traces. I used the finger hold on my scissors since it was already handy and pretty circular. (This is kind of confusing so refer to the following picture for clarification!)
- Cut out the traced design and you should have something like what’s pictured below.
- Place a gift card on a single sheet of paper protector. Measure 3/4 of an inch extra on either side of the gift card and about 1/4 inch extra on the bottom of the gift card and mark with sharpie.
- Cut out the paper protector. In order for the gift card slots to fit more than 1 card at a time (in case you have 2 cards to the same store), I use 3 cards at the same time to make my slots.
- Place the paper protector on the table and lay the 3 gift cards on top of the protector. Then lay the scrapbook paper on the very top, matching the gift cards.
- Slide the gift cards + scrapbook paper off the paper protector towards the top about 1/2 inch. (This is to allow for easy access to the cards so they are not in the slots too deep).
- Put 2 stripes of 2-sided adhesive tape on the left and right side of the the scrapbook paper.
- Fold the paper protector over and push down onto the 2-sided adhesive tape.
- Cut the extra paper protector on the backside at the bottom off. (Make sure not to cut all of it off and just the back side!)
- Trim the paper protector so it gets skinnier as it goes towards the bottom.
- Place 2-sided adhesive tape on the back bottom of the scrapbook paper and fold the paper protector up onto the tape. Now you’re done with 1 of the gift card slots. Repeat 5 more times with different colors/designs of scrapbook paper until you have 6. Cover the canvas with mod podge and arrange the slots to your liking on your canvas. Push down on the slots and allow to dry.
- Place the canvas on your wall and enjoy your new gift card holder/wall display!