Teacher Appreciation Day Gift Idea: DIY Gift Card Holder with Tacky Glue

Thank your favorite educators with a gift for Teacher Appreciation Day! Gift cards are a popular choice for educators, whether it’s to their favorite coffee shop, lunch spot, or department store. With a little DIY magic, you can turn any gift card into a thoughtful present! Add a personalized touch to gift cards and learn how to create DIY gift card holders with this tutorial from Oh Yay Studio. This easy teacher appreciation gift idea uses cardstock and Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue to create fun designs that any teacher can enjoy!

Supplies needed:

Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

Cardstock, assorted colors
Scissors or cutting machine
Marker and pens
Gift card

Step 1: Cut shapes from cardstock

Cut shapes for DIY gift card holders from cardstock


Use scissors or a cutting machine to create the cardstock shapes for your DIY gift card holders. This teacher appreciation gift idea features apple, book, crayon, lined paper, pencil, and star-shaped designs. Most gift cards are approximately 3 ½” x 2 ¼”, so be sure that your shapes are large enough to fit a gift card with space for glue. 

Step 2: Add details

Added detail on lined paper DIY gift card holder


Use a pen and ruler to add details to your DIY gift card holders as desired. The lined paper and book designs will look especially great with this extra level of detail!

Step 3: Apply Tacky Glue

Apply Tacky Glue to DIY gift card holder


Use your Tacky Glue with the tip cut for thin application to apply glue to the edges of each shape. Each gift card holder is designed with a pocket to insert the gift card— do not glue the pocket completely shut!

Step 4: Assemble

Assemble DIY gift card holder


Assemble your DIY gift card holders and press the glued edges firmly to secure the paper into place.

Step 5: Repeat
Repeat to create multiple DIY gift card holders

Continue applying Tacky Glue and assembling your DIY gift card holders to create as many teacher appreciation gifts as you need. Place your DIY gift card holders under a flat, heavy object and allow them to dry completely.

Step 6: Personalize and enjoy!

Personalized DIY gift card holders with Tacky Glue


Once the glue has dried, use a marker to add a personalized message onto your DIY gift card holders and insert your gift card of choice. This teacher appreciation gift idea is great for all the educators in your child’s life, from teachers to aides, admins, specialists, and more!

What other teacher appreciation gift ideas will you bring to life with Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue? Show us how you’re celebrating your favorite educators with Aleene’s and tag us on social media @AleenesDIY!

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