Saturday, May 16, 2015

Toolbox Gift Card Holder for Father's Day

This toolbox card has been quite a project! I made one and then wrote the instructions, and then made another one from my instructions, revised some of the instructions to make it clearer, and here is the end result! I have seen several toolbox cards but this is my creation. When you lift the flap of the card on top it reveals a holder for a gift card. It is not hard to make, it just has a lot of steps. I decided to give it to you in "recipe" fashion with the number of pieces you need to cut and the "ingredients." I hope you give it a try and let me know what you think. I have several guys in the family who I think will like this card, so it could be for birthdays or Father's Day, just change up the sentiment.

Toolbox Gift Card “Recipe”
1 – 8-1/2 x 11 piece of heavyweight (80 lb) red cardstock, cut in half lengthwise at 4-1/4 inches
1 – 2-1/2 x 4-1/4 piece of red cardstock
4 – 1 x 4-1/4 inch pieces of red cardstock
5 – ¼ inch by 4-1/4 inch pieces of silver, gray or black cardstock
1 – 1-5/8 x 3/8 inch piece of silver or gray cardstock
1 – 1-3/4 x ½ inch piece of black cardstock
8 – ½ inch punched circles from black cardstock
4 – ¼ to ½ inch silver triangles cut from silver or gray cardstock
1 – 4 x 3-3/4 piece of white cardstock
1 – medium sized silver brad
2 – small silver brad heads, dots or eyelets
1 - 1 x 1/2 inch magnetic strip

Toolbox Gift Card Instructions:

1.      Start with an 8-1/2 x 11 piece of heavyweight red cardstock (I recommend 80 lb). Cut it in half so you have 2 pieces of 4 ¼ x 11 inches.
2.      Score one of the pieces at the 5-1/2 inch mark and fold in half.
3.      From the other half of the 8 ½ x 11 cardstock, cut a piece 2-1/2 x 4-1/4. Score at ½ inch.
4.      Attach this piece of card stock to the top of card (folded edge) and fold over the ½ inch side to the back of card and adhere to card with a strong adhesive. I recommend Tombow mono-multi for this entire project. This “flap” you have created will be the “lid” to the toolbox.
5.      Next score the bottom of card, both front and back, at ½ inch, fold up inside the card on both sides and glue down. This will stabilize the card when the wheels are attached later.
6.      Cut four 1 x 4-1/4 inch pieces for drawers (2 for drawers, 1 for gift card insert under the flap, and 1 for inside of card). Cut five ¼ inch strips of shiny silver, gray or black cardstock and attach to the tops of the drawer pieces and the bottom of the flap of card.
7.      Add a brad to the center of this flap on top of the strip of silver cardstock.
8.      Cut out the word “tools” or other word of your choice. Cut a piece of silver or gray cardstock     1- 5/8 x 3/8 inches and a piece of black cardstock 1 ¾ x ½ inch. Layer and add the words. Add brads if desired on either side and attach to right bottom of flap or lid of toolbox.
9.      Attach one of the drawers under the flap towards the bottom, adhering only along bottom and two sides to form a pocket for the gift card. Use a very thin line of glue for this step. IMPORTANT: Dry fit the gift card drawer and the other drawers before adhering so you can make any adjustments. After dry fitting the drawers, attach the two front drawers with dimensional adhesive dots or strips.
10.   For wheels, cut 8 one-half inch circles from black cardstock and glue together in twos to make four wheels. Doubling the cardstock will strengthen them for standing.
11.   Cut 4 small triangles from the same silver cardstock, etc. used for the drawer handles and toolbox lid. Glue to front of wheels and attach wheels to ends of card on each corner.
12.   To close lid to hide gift card, attach a strong magnetic strip the length of the prongs of the brad for the brad to attach to and close the flap.
13.   For inside of card, attach a piece of white cardstock 4 x 3-3/4 inches and stamp with greeting.
14.   At bottom of card, below greeting,  add the last drawer piece. Do not use dimensional adhesives for this drawer.

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  1. Thanks for the "recipe". My boys are all into racing so this is perfect .

    1. My son is also into racing so I know he will like this too! My grandson had his own miniature Craftsman toolbox when he was 3 years old, so that's 2 in the family, plus the husband, son-in-law, etc. I think I'm going to be busy!

  2. Wow, this is really amazing! My husband has a huge toolbox that looks just like the one you created. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Can't wait to try this for the "handy" men in my life. What GREAT instructions. Thank you for taking the time to do this for others. That was very kind of you!

  4. do you have a file of this for the explore

  5. Love the card. Thank you so much for sharing the instructions with us.

  6. Nice card, I wish u made a video, cause I'm a visual person,although your instructions are great! Tfs