This ornament is like the mullet of gift card holders: ornament in the front, gift cards and money in the back!
Here's how to make it:
This gift card holder is easy to make (you can adapt this concept to any empty box or container) and is a cute ornament as well. We will create the ornament from a gift box you might usually thrown away, transforming it into a shadow box style ornament.
Once you are sure the paper fits inside the box, adhere with glue. For the box I used, it measured 5.5” x 3.5” so I cut the paper just a hair under 5.5” x 3.5”.
Measure the height of the sides of the box. Cut a strip of patterned paper slightly smaller than the height of the box. My box measured 1” tall so I cut my strips to 7/8” tall. For the length of the strip, measure the diameter (outside) of the box. Mine measure 5.5 + 3.5 + 5.5 + 3.5 = 18”. I cut two 12” x 7/8” strips to line the insides of my box.
To create the pocket, cut a piece of paper to half the height of the box (2” or so in my case) and 2” longer than the width of the box (5.5” + 2” in my case). Punch one long edge of the paper with a border punch and ink.
Apply adhesive to the bottom (other long side) of the paper. Adhere to the back of the box, with the straight side flush to the bottom of the box. Wrap the ends of the strip around the side of the box. This will form the pocket. The sides of the pocket will be held in place with strips we will add to the side of the box in a future step.
Adhere bottle brush trees or other mini holiday themed decorations or ornaments inside the box to create the scene.
Add a sticker to the center back of the box with 3D foam adhesive to give it dimension. Double up on the adhesive foam dots if desired for added dimension and to take advantage of the depth of the shadow box. Add punched snowflakes with bling or buttons in the center. I used some dome style pearl buttons I had in my stash that were too thick for traditional scrapbooking but perfect for a project like this.
Thread the metallic string through the button with both ends of the string coming out of the back of the button. Thread the two ends of the string through one of the holes from the INSIDE of the box. Pull the strings until the button is flush with the inside top of the box. Tie a knot on the top of the box with the two strings.
Tie a knot in the other end of the string, about 2” + the length of the box top (5.5” in my case) = 7.5” from the side with the button in it. Thread the two strings through the other hole from the topside of the box, pulling until the knot is flush with the top of the box. Thread the button onto the string and tie into place, until the button is flush with the inside top of the box.
Punch a hole and snip the paper where the strings come out of the box. Adhere a snowflake ornament to the outside of the box as a final touch.
Happy Creating :)