My life has been so fast and furious lately that Mother’s Day just snuck up on me. Under the circumstances I thought it was best to go the gift card route, but I wanted the mothers in my life to feel special and gift cards can seem so impersonal. My solution was to let the container carry the message of love and appreciation. If you are looking for a great last minute gift idea for Mother’s Day you are going to love this handmade Mother’s Day gift card holder.
Using my Cricut Explore Air 2 and my new Cricut Paper Crafting Set, I created these adorable gift card boxes. I tucked in a couple of special chocolates and took a few minutes to hand write notes of appreciation (which is one thing my grandmothers really cherish). The project was really quick and easy, and I think the results are charming. Plus I learned a new skill…paper quilling! It was so much easier than I thought, especially with the quilling tool.
I began by cutting out the little scalloped purse shape, from my linked Artiste cartridge, from a piece of 12 x 12 card stock. I cut it about 4.5″. I particularly love this 3D container because there is no gluing involved.
Next I cut 1.5 inch strips out of two coordinating scraps of paper. I used the edge distressing tool to texture the edges of the top paper and then glued them down.
Next I cut out flowers and several types of leaves using designs found on the Artiste cartridge. I cut one 2-inch flower, and two 1.5-inch flowers out of yellow cardstock. I sponged the edges of the paper using a darker yellow ink pad so the flowers would have a little more dimension.
Now it’s time for the fun part! Originally I was quite nervous about rolling up (or quilling) the flowers, but honestly it was a snap using the quilling tool from the Paper Crafting Set. I had watched a YouTube video where the crafter had used a pair of tweezers and a glue dot to accomplish the same task, but I opted to use hot glue to secure the finished flower just because it was faster and more secure.
I attached the leaves and finished flowers using hot glue. So easy! So pretty! And I was able to turn out several of them in less than an hour.
I filled the little bag with decedent chocolate, a handwritten note and a gift card.
It’s a relief to have my Mother’s Day gifts already taken care of and I’m pretty sure the moms in my life are going to be delighted.
Have you ever tried paper quilling? If you are into paper crafting I think you will love this new Paper Crafting Set from Cricut. Heck, maybe you can even ask for it for Mother’s Day!