This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC®. All opinions are 100% mine.
Ever since I was old enough to make a handprint in a patty of salt dough, I have always treasured one type of gift-giving over all of the others- the handmade kind.
Growing up, I loved cooking breakfast for my dad on Father’s Day or making a necklace for my mom for her birthday.
Now that I’m living the married life, I always prefer writing a letter to my husband than just signing a store-bought card.
During my teaching days, my students were sweet enough to give me Christmas presents before winter break, and the ones I always cherished the most were the homemade ones. Because, in the end, they all are made up of a lot of love.
Buying presents for loved ones is a tough one for me though, and I like opting for gift cards. But it’s difficult to make them feel personal. So I had the idea to personalize a gift card holder instead with a handwritten note.
- 1 sheet of craft burlap
- 1 sheet of white cardstock
- Craft knife
- Red ribbon
- Ribbon spool
- Glue stick
- BIC Mark-It™ Permanent Marker in #HoneyBrown
The awesome folks at BIC sent me two packs of their Mark-It™ permanent markers: the 36 pack with fine and ultra-fine sizes and an 8 pack of metallics. You better believe I will be doing lots more Christmas-y crafts with them.
First, I used the ruler to mark and cut a 4″x4″ square of white cardstock.
Using the cardstock square as a template, I traced it onto the back of the burlap sheet with the BIC Mark-It™ Marker and scored the lines with a craft knife. I wouldn’t have even known these were permanent markers because they don’t smell like it at all. They are acid free and fade-resistant too.
Using the ribbon spool as a template, I traced lines for the flaps of the gift card holder.
Then, I cut out the flaps, wrote my message on the cardstock square, and used a glue stick to attach it to the inside of the gift card holder. I hole-punched two of the flaps for ribbon.
Just thread the ribbon through the holes, insert the gift card, tie it closed, and you’re done!
I think it looks so much cuter than a store-bought card. And it’s much more personal. 🙂
To keep the creative spirit going during BIC’s Month of Merry Marking, BIC Mark-It™ has created an entire booklet of inspirational ideas.
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