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How to Wrap a Gift Card

Updated on January 1, 2016

Some gift packaging can be recycled. The metal cases make for a nice gift card holder often adds several dollars onto the gifts and end up in a landfill. What about a free gift card harder which allows the giver to be creative.

Any cardboard container can be used; wrapping paper tubes, paper towel tubs, and toilet paper tubes. Toilet paper tubes are the easiest to use because there is no measuring or cutting involved. They are the perfect size. The will also be easy to save during the year.

Using Cardboard Tubing.

Card wrapped in tissue paper or other paper as desired

  • measure tube if it is longer than toilet paper roll.
  • Make sure there room at each end to fold tube in.

Hold the wrapped gift card next to the tube to ensure that the card with fit with room to fold tube in at both ends.

If making multiple holders, use the first one as an example to cut additional pieces. This will be necessary if using paper towel cardboard tubes or discarded wrapping paper tubes.

Before cutting make a dark guideline and then use a box cutter to cut the tube.


Use ruler as quide for measuring, marking, and cutting.

Wrap gift card in tissue
Wrap gift card in tissue
Measure the paper.  Using ruler as quide for cutting
Measure the paper. Using ruler as quide for cutting | Source

Finishing the Package

  1. Take the tube that has been cut to size.
  2. Put card inside the tube with filler. Filler can be purchased or cut up left over scraps of wrapping paper.
  3. Wrap the gift in any paper and decorate.

Suitable for all Occassions

The possibilities are endless.
The possibilities are endless.

There are many ways to personalize the wrapping of one of the tubes to make it reflect the gift, giver, or even the place where the gift card is used.

It is especially helpful to cut the tube, and attach the wrapping paper for several different occasions; weddings, birthdays, or graduations. Then just drop in the gift card in on a moments notice, secure the ends and other decorations as needed, and the gift is ready to give. Picking up wrapping paper on sale will also help in making this an economical way to get around those metal, cookie cutter holders.

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      Kathleen Kerswig 2 years ago

      Such a cute idea to wrap gift cards this way. I never thought about the creativity of wrapping those. Thanks for sharing. Blessings!

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