We were contacted several months ago by Real Simple to do a holiday craft for their blog. Sara had this snow globe idea. I think it’s perfect for a teacher or a co-worker (someone with a desk). Everyone likes a gift card, but sometimes it’s hard to make it look like a thoughtful and clever present.

Simple Gift Card Snow Globes

Supplies: a jar with a lid (we used empty salsa and olive jars), a gift card, a small embellishment (we bought ours at a local craft store), a hot glue gun, glitter, some ribbon and water

How To:
1. Wash the lid and jar. Remove any stickers.
2. Spray paint the jar lid if you would like a different colored lid.
3. Glue a thick line of hot glue onto the base of the gift card. Stick it to the inside of the lid.
4. Glue the embellishment onto the inside of the lid, in front of the gift card. Let the glue set for an hour.
5. Add some glitter to the jar and fill with water.
6. Tightly screw the lid back onto the jar.
7. Tie a ribbon around the base of the jar, if desired.

*We tested these gift cards after a week and they still worked. However, we don’t recommend leaving the gift cards in the water longer than a week.

All photos by Nicole Gerulat.


  1. Very unique. Love it!

    JudyB    Monday, December 13, 2010
  2. Genius!

    J    Monday, December 13, 2010
  3. This is quite cleaver! I love it! May have just figured out what to do for the co-workers and my bestie.

    Nancy    Monday, December 13, 2010
  4. So clever. I always hate giving gift cards, but this makes them so adorable!!

    Rebecca    Monday, December 13, 2010
  5. That’s such a neat idea, and it looks easy enough to execute!

    I’m really loving all the adorable gift card holder crafts I’m seeing out there =)

    Krystle C.    Monday, December 13, 2010
  6. Very fun!

    susan    Monday, December 13, 2010
  7. Love this! What a great idea.

    Kelly | Glamour This    Monday, December 13, 2010
  8. Ooh what a fun and fabulous idea! Love it!

    domestikate    Monday, December 13, 2010
  9. so, so darling!

    Megan Dunford    Monday, December 13, 2010
  10. Girls, you seriously amaze me…gonna save this one for next year! WOW!!!!

    Natalie    Monday, December 13, 2010
  11. This is really cute! Did you know that a bunch of retailers also lets you customize the giftcards if you order them online (I know Borders and Macys do)? You can upload pictures, write text, etc. I’ll bet if you put a picture of a snowy village on a card and put that inside the globe, it’d look really cool.

    Anna    Monday, December 13, 2010
  12. Gorgeous….Love this idea!!

    RubyJu    Tuesday, December 14, 2010
  13. What a fabulous idea! I’m totally going to do this with my gift cards this year! I’m doing a 12 Days of Christmas DIY on my blog, so I’d like to feature it there as one of the projects too! :)

    Amy Nixon Events    Tuesday, December 14, 2010
  14. Such a great idea!

    Kayleigh    Tuesday, December 14, 2010
  15. Ooh, that’s so clever and pretty!


    Cindy    Wednesday, December 15, 2010
  16. fun! that’s great that the gift cards still worked, i was wondering about that ;-)

    Craftiness Now    Sunday, December 19, 2010
  17. This is such a clever idea. I bet the kids would have fun helping with these too (a bonus!).

    Tori {Thoughtfully Simple}    Thursday, December 30, 2010

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