5 Minute DIY Gift Card Ornament

Like it or not, the holiday season is finally upon us. Yay! Despite the fact that Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away, I’ve already begun brainstorming for December. I’m all about having a plan of action so I can not only take advantage of the best Black Friday deals, but also come up with unique and personalized gifts for my friends and family. I’m a strong believer that it’s not the price of the gift that matters, but the thought that goes into it and the meaning behind it.

As a college student, one of the most common things I receive from family nowadays is gift cards and/or money. I’m always super grateful both for the gesture and the fact that no one tried to buy me clothes. However, I’ve always avoided giving money as a gift in the past mostly because it feels impersonal. Gift cards though, are the perfect solution.

Gift cards are my go-to when it comes to shopping for my friends, because they’re more personalized than straight up cash. The only thing that I’ve struggled with in the past is actually tracking down the cards I’m looking for. However, I recently discovered the luxury of purchasing gift cards online through Gift Card Mall. They ship the card straight to your address, so there’s no hassle! Love it. Plus, you can even design your own Visa gift card online for additional personalization. You can also check your local supermarket for options from Gift Card Mall as well!

Anyways, this year I’m putting a spin on traditional gift card giving with a five minute DIY gift card holder that makes the gift even more personal. And here’s the twist: this gift card holder can hang on your tree! Here’s how you can replicate this DIY gift card ornament:

SUPPLIES: Glass terrarium, confetti, string, gift card, candy, other personal mementos


  1. Place the gift card inside the terrarium
  2. Fill with bed of confetti
  3. Insert favorite candies and mementos
  4. Loop string through top of terrarium for hanging
  5. [Optional] Add decorations to the outside of the terrarium and hang a name tag from the top

I can’t wait to see the surprise on my friends/families faces when they see these “ornaments” personalized just for them and hanging on our tree next month!

How do you personalize gift cards? Any other fun holiday-themed DIYS I should know about now that I’m planning gifts 13948239r2837 days in advance? Please tell!



* Thank you to Gift Card Mall for sponsoring this post! All thoughts and opinions are, as always, my own.