Hello! It’s Renee and I’m back with some simple handmade gifts for my girls’ teachers using the Home for Christmas collection. I made Christmas cards for their specials (art, gym, music, etc.) teachers and this time I’d like to share a tutorial on how I made paper gems to hold their teachers gift cards. These paper gems are a unique way to present a gift and thanks to the Triangle Score Guide (with super easy to follow instruction booklet) by We R Memory Keepers they were simple and fun to make.
Supplies you’ll need to make these paper gems:
Triangle Score Guide
scoring board (the Triangle Score Guide works with the Martha Stewart Scoring Board)
12″ x 12″ sheets of pattern paper
1. I followed the instructions to make a Decahedron (which looks like a 3-D pentagon). I scored the 12″ x 12″ pattern paper, Peppermint Swirl, every 3 inches. I added a tiny fold at the bottom left corner to keep track of how I will rotate my paper.
2. I rotated my paper 60 degrees counter clock wise and placed it into the Triangle Score Guide, which was placed with Side A facing up. Because I was using the Martha Stewart Scoring Board, I switched the measurements to start scoring at the 4 inch line and then scored the rest of the paper every 3 inches.
3. I rotated my paper 120 degrees clock wise and placed it into the Triangle Score Guide, which was placed with Side B facing up. I switched the measurements to start scoring at the 8 inch line and then scored the rest of the paper every 3 inches.
Here’s a close-up photo of the triangle pattern I had on the majority of the 12″ x 12″ pattern paper after all the scoring was done.
4. I flipped the paper over and followed the Decahedron Template (in the instruction booklet) to pencil in my lines. Then, I cut out my shape. I used my scissors to cut on all the pencil lines. DO NOT let this part intimidate you when you first look at the template. If I can do it…you can do it.
5. I folded my paper on all the scored lines. Then, I flipped the paper over…
…and added adhesive to the tabs. I folded the paper into the shape with the tabs on the inside and pressed the tabs firmly. You can see how cool the shape is looking here. But, wait! I had to add the fun and exciting part to it (or in it) before I closed it up.
When the teachers open up their paper gems, I want it to be a fun surprise for them than just the gift card inside. So, I added some snow, red glitter (in just this one), and sequins. You could also add some tiny jingle bells inside and it will sound so pretty (and fun) when it’s shaken.
Look how cute! I just love it! The gift card fits perfectly inside!
Here’s the finished geometric shape all closed up and ready for a bit of decorations.
I love this Decahedron! Adorable.
This Paper Gem Gift Card Holder is ready for Caitie’s teacher to open. I added a poinsettia sticker, a gingerbread girl die-cut shape with candy cane dot buttons, and a cool label sticker with her name on it.
This Paper Gem Gift Card Holder is ready for Payton’s teacher. I followed the instructions and template to make a Icosahedron shape using the Snow Flurries pattern paper. I added a pair of mittens sticker, a tree die-cut shape, and an outdoor winter themed label sticker with his name on it.
Happy Holidays to you, your loved ones, and the other special gems in your life!
Home for Christmas Peppermint Swirl (732655)
Home for Christmas Snow Flurries (732656)
Home for Christmas Phrase & Accent Stickers (732662)
Home for Christmas Label Stickers (732663)
Home for Christmas Die-Cut Cardstock Shapes (732674)
Home for Christmas Candy Cane Dots (732676)
American Crafts This to That Adhesive Runner, Strips (61712)
We R Memory Keepers Triangle Score Guide
Scoring Board (Martha Stewart Crafts)