Perfect for the Procrastinator: A DIY Holiday Card

If you’re in a last minute gift-giving frenzy, never fear! A DIY holiday card paired with a gift certificate is a wonderful present that doesn’t feel like an afterthought. We partnered with DIY dynamo, Pei Sim, of Paper + Craft Pantry on this easy idea to add elegance to your gift-card giving. We’ll let Pei take it from here. 

We’re in the single digit countdown for the holidays. Just a few more days until the big day! If you’re still wanting to add a personal, handmade touch to your gifting this year, you’re in luck. I’ve whipped up a simple and cute way to add some flair to gifting gift-cards with these hand-cut holiday gift-card notes! These hand-cut notes are also wonderful as a handmade card no matter what you’re gifting this year! Using supplies you likely already have around, sprinkled with a little creativity, you’ll be able to create the cutest cards. Happy holidays y’all!




  • Card stock in colors of your choice
  • Envelopes (4bar)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Festive gold cord


  • Cut out your note cards to fit inside the 4bar envelopes- approximately 4.75”x3.5”
  • Write out a fun note!
  • Use the other card stock to hand cut out cute shapes to go with your note- we cut out little cocoa mugs, cats and confetti!
  • Glue on your hand cut paper pieces to your note
  • Flip over and personalize your note
  • Tuck in your gift certificate
  • Seal and bundle up with some gold cord and holiday accents!

Meet the Crafter: Pei Sim

Besides being the owner of The Paper + Craft Pantry, Pei is an avid DIY-er and crafter. She started The Paper + Craft Pantry to blend two of her favorite things: stationery and workshops!

Pei started out in the small business world almost 4 years ago as the designer and maker behind a small stationery brand in Houston, Texas. As she grew her business, she was able to identify that what she loved most about her business were all the people and fellow small businesses she got to work with.

With that intention in mind, she opened The Paper + Craft Pantry with the integrity to stock the shelves with quality and independently designed paper goods, and chooses to invite in only the very best instructors, who own their own businesses. She is also the editor to The Paper + Craft Pantry’s blog which focuses on D.I.Y. projects and The Small Business School series!

When not in the studio, Pei enjoys exploring Austin through it’s food scene, which she balances out with her love of working out at local fitness studios.

About Turi

When Turi isn’t blogging, you can find her nose behind a book. But reading isn’t her only pastime. She loves running (cue jogging stroller), taste-testing pizza and burgers, and working on the next great American novel. Her latest homage to all things literary? Her son is named after writer Dashiell Hammett. How apropos.

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