Kim’s Celebrate & Decorate: Gift-Card Holders & Party Favors
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Hi everybody! Kim here on the blog today to show you how to celebrate and decorate for a birthday theme in winter using your holiday craft supplies. I love to reuse holiday papers, die cuts and embellishments in new ways for other occasions. I created a pair of gift-card holders and party favors from gorgeous metallic acetate sheets and glitter papers to surprise my twin boys who are turning 13 years old this month. They are the babies of my four kids and I can’t believe I will have three teenage sons under one roof! Time flies!

My twins’ birthday falls right after Christmas, so I’ve learned over the years to plan ahead, gather ideas and shop early. Reusing my holiday products in new ways has been a huge timesaver. I didn’t want red or green or anything too flashy, as they are boys, which is why I chose gold and silver. One at a time, I cut two acetate sheets and two glitter papers using a die and then folded along the lines. The metallic acetate sheets are like thin clear plastic sheets you can cut, punch and bend. I added the glitter paper since the acetate was too clear.

I adhered the glitter sheet to the inside of the acetate sheet with adhesive dots. A dry and super-strong adhesive is needed to hold the plastic acetate sheets together.

I cut 2-inch-wide gold and silver strips of glitter paper, punched them with a border punch and then ran them through a sticker maker before adhering them to the inside of the holder. For the fronts, I die-cut “happy birthday” from glitter paper, adhered the sentiment to a chalkboard clothespins and clipped it to the holder. I added premade rosettes and bows with adhesive dots.

To create the pencil party favors, I punched out several circles from gold and silver acetate sheets. I won’t lie. The acetate is too tough to punch out with your hands so I placed the acetate on the floor and stepped on the punch to get through the acetate. I cut apart a few black glitter circles from a banner and adhered them to the centers of the clear circles with adhesive dots. I die-cut “13” from gold and silver glitter paper, cut presents from leftover punched border strips, and adhered the pieces to black glitter circles. I attached the bows to the circles and then attached the finished circles to the pencils with adhesive dots.

Gold and silver isn’t just for the holidays or anniversaries anymore. I hope I’ve inspired you to reuse what you have in new ways. We love comments so let us know what you think of our projects and what we’ve inspired you to make. Thanks for stopping by the blog!


Supplies used: 12×12 Clearly Posh acetate pad and plastic bows from We R Memory Keepers; Christmas Glitter 12×12 paper pad and baker’s twine from American Crafts; rosettes and black glitter mini circle banner from My Mind’s Eye; chalkboard clothespins and Recollections 3-inch circle punch from Michaels Stores; Birthday Presents border punch from EK Success; Decorative Strip Alphabet Die (#658714), Cardmaking Set dies (#655710) Gift Card Holder die and die-cutting machine from Sizzix; adhesive dots from Glue Dots; 1.5″ sticker maker from Xyron.

3 Responses to Kim’s Celebrate & Decorate: Gift-Card Holders & Party Favors

  1. Lisa Silver says:

    Very clever! My teen’s birthday is in January too and I always seem to be caught running late! The glitter paper is perfect for birthday celebrations!

  2. DawnL says:

    What fun! Happy Birthday to your twin 13’s!!

  3. What a great idea! Love all the glitter. I give a lot of gift cards, so I think I will give this a try.

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