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Graduation Gift Card Holder – Free Printable Template

My Graduation Gift Card Holder free printable is now updated for 2021! Keep reading to download my 2021 graduation gift card holder template.

Graduation gift card holder free printable template

This 2021 DIY graduation gift card template holds a gift card for your favorite graduate — high school and college graduates, boys and girls. And my free printable graduation gift card template also doubles as a cute bookmark for textbooks. Fun, yes? 

I’ve updated my printable gift card holder for 2021 — the photos below are from past years so just keep reading to download my free 2021 printable graduation gift card holder.

Printable graduation gift card holder template that doubles as a graduation bookmark for textbooks
DIY graduation gift card holder and bookmark
DIY graduation bookmark printable template

Every graduate can use gift cards. I’m really into useful gifts with clever twists, and this graduation gift card idea is quick and easy to make using my free printable template. The top of the gift card is a paper mortarboard cap complete with teeny DIY tassels using embroidery thread.

DIY graduation bookmark printable template

The bottom of the bookmark holds one gift card. Good gift card ideas for graduates include Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Apple, and of course, Starbucks for those late nights studying.

DIY graduation gift card holder and bookmark

You can personalize my graduation bookmarks with your graduate’s name, message, and graduation year. See below for personalization ideas and options, or just handwrite a message onto the free printable template.

See also: ‘Last Day of School free printable signs’ »

Color-wise, you can personalize the bookmark to match the graduate’s school’s colors. Mary’s new college color is red, Hayden’s high school graduation colors are green and orange, and Noah’s new college is blue. I used my favorite colored card stock paper of course and chose vivid colors. The future is bright!

DIY graduation gift card holder and bookmark

DIY graduation gift card holder template and graduation bookmark for textbooks

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Supplies for making a Graduation Gift Card Holder Bookmark:


How to make a 2021 Graduation Gift Card Holder Bookmark:

1. Print my free printable graduation gift card template

Download my free printable graduation gift card template for 2021. My free printable template allows you to type your own message in Adobe Reader. Please contact me if you’d like me to help you personalize it for you so that it looks how you’d like. I have an Etsy listing here for any personalization requests – please purchase this listing and include your desired personalization in checkout.

Print my free printable graduation gift card template onto colored card stock paper and cut. Pick your graduate’s school colors for their high school or college. This template doubles as a bookmark for textbooks.

Free printable graduation gift card template

2. Assemble the gift card holder

Fold the flap of the bookmark over evenly. The best way to do this is to score the paper using a craft knife and ruler. Flip your craft knife over so the dull end is touching the paper. Then run the dull side (not the sharp side!) against the ruler.

How to score paper with a ruler and craft knife

Fold the paper where you scored it and you’ll get a perfect fold.

How to score paper

Now glue the gift card holder flap onto the bookmark, flatten it with a heavy book, and let dry completely.

Making graduation gift card holders for graduation gifts

3. Add a graduation cap to the top of the bookmark / gift card holder

Cut out the graduation cap pieces. I am including ’21 in this printable template but you’ll see that ’19 is in these pictures. Please contact me if you’d like a different year or any special personalization – please purchase this Etsy listing and include your desired personalization in checkout.

Gluing paper graduation cap onto a graduation bookmark

Glue graduation cap pieces onto the top of the bookmark / gift card holder and let dry.

4. Make a DIY yarn graduation tassel

Add a tassel in your graduate’s school colors – thin yarn or embroidery floss works best. I followed this listing and modified them a bit to make a tassel with a loop that will tie onto the top of the bookmark

First, wrap thin yarn or embroidery floss around a piece of cardboard 20 times. I used zipper instructions card that was about 1″ or so tall. Cut a 14″ piece of thin yarn or embroidery floss and tie into a loop.

Making DIY tassels from embroidery floss

Slip the loop under the tassel like so. Use a pencil or end of scissors to push it under.

Making DIY tassels from embroidery floss

Slip the left end of the loop into the other side of the loop and pull tight to secure.

Making DIY tassels from embroidery floss

Slip the tassel off of the cardboard. Then cut another 14″ piece of thin yarn or embroidery floss, make a loop in one end, and lay it on top of the tassel.

Making DIY tassels from embroidery floss

Wrap the loose end around the tassel tightly to secure. Then slip the loose end into the loop and pull tight to make a knot.

Making DIY tassels from embroidery floss

5. Attach yarn graduation tassel to the gift card holder

Slip the paper graduation year onto the tassel. Then loop the tassel through the hole in the graduation cap to secure. Be kind of gentle here – it is a paper gift card holder.

DIY graduation tassel

6. Slip the gift card into the gift card holder bookmark

Slip the gift card into the gift card holder bookmark and give to your graduate. Congratulations, you did it! ⭐⭐⭐

Graduation gift idea printable bookmark

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Graduation gift card bookmark

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