When I was visiting with my friend Donna in Seattle, we made a quick stop at Starbucks where her daughter Emma picked up some gift cards for a holiday project.
I always like to stock up on the pretty holiday Starbucks gift cards this time of year and keep a bunch on hand for impromptu gifting. Donna’s daughter does something even cooler with the empty gift cards. She makes festive holiday wreaths out of them!
This is a great idea for “used up” gift cards as well.
After hearing about Emma’s Starbucks Card project I was determined to try making one myself.
I started out with a simple styrofoam wreath from the craft store and wrapped it with some fabric bias tape that I had lying around the house. I don’t know about you, but I don’t love the look of raw styrofoam. The cards mostly cover the foam but you can still get a peek of it from the side so I wanted it covered.
I knew this was going to be a very colorful wreath and this leftover bias tape was a good choice to cover the styrofoam with. You can use ribbon, paper, string, whatever you have on hand.
Tie on a length of ribbon for hanging the wreath now as it is harder to add this after the cards are all glued on.
Next I got out the ol’ glue gun and went to town, layering the cards and going in a circle to cover. I did three layers in all. The bowl in this pic serves no real purpose other than a convenient place to set down the hot glue gun.
I did the ring in the center first, then attached cards to the underside of the first round to widen the circle. Then I went back and did a circle of horizontal cards in the middle, because I wanted to add a Hanukkah theme to this wreath.
Lastly I added a big bow, from some holiday ribbon I had lying around the house, and adjusted the ribbon to hang the wreath on the front door. It’s not terribly heavy, which is nice.
All in all I think this wreath cost me $4 and it’s pretty snazzy and required minimal skills. It cametogether in under an hour. It’s a perfect decor project for anyone who loves coffee!
Many thanks again to Emma and Donna for the inspiration on this project. While I was collecting the cards I came up with another super fun gifty project for our music teacher too… stay tuned!