DIY: Make Easy Pocket Card Holders with Glitter Paper

I'm thrilled that Kristen Desrosier of LCI Paper Company is back with another clever idea for those of us who love to make unique Christmas cards. (You might recall the Customizable Ornament Cutout Cards she designed for us last Christmas season.) There's no way these festive pockets won't bring a smile to every person on your list. Welcome, Kristen!

Easy, Last Minute Pocket Card Holders for the Holidays

The holidays can be hectic. These pocket cards are not. In this tutorial, learn how to make easy, personalized pockets for holiday cards, gift cards, candy, baked goods and more. They are quick, convenient and can be made with any card stock and embellishments you have on hand. This year you'll be prepared when that last minute guest or swap gift pops up!

Easy, Last Minute Pocket Card Holders for the Holidays 1

What You'll Need

8 1/2" x 11" card stock in 2 colors (one for pocket, one for cards)
A2 envelopes (if mailing)
Paper trimmer
Scoring tool
String, ribbon or twine
Hole punch

(Ann's edit: Paper craft supplies I recommend can be found in my Amazon shop.) 

Step 1. Cut 8 1/2 x 11 Card Stock to 4 1/4 x 11


Using a paper trimmer or your preferred cutting tool, cut (1) 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of card stock down the middle to yield (2) 4 1/4 x 11 cards.

Step 2. Score 4 1/4 x 11 Cards at 5 1/2 and 8 1/4

Next, score the 4 1/4 x 11 card at 5 1/2 inches, then again at 8 1/4 inches.

Step 3. Fold to Form a Pocket


Using the score lines as a guide, fold the card in half, inwards towards itself, at 5 1/2 inches. Next fold in the opposite direction, downwards, at the 8 1/4-inch mark. This will make a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 (A2 sized) card with a 2 3/4-inch tall pocket.

Step 4. Tie Closed

Wrap string, ribbon, or twine around the overlap of the pocket and tie to hold closed.

Step 5. Download and Print Cards on 8 1/2 x 11 Card Stock

If you'd like to include a pre-designed card in your pocket, print your choice of (3) designs on 8 1/2 x 11 card stock. Designs are in charcoal gray and in PDF format with subtle cutting guidelines. PDF includes (4) 4 x 5 1/4 cards to (1) 8 1/2 x 11 sheet.

Download PDF templates:
Swirly Christmas Tree

Step 6. Cut Cards


Carefully cut along the light gray guidelines to yield (4) pocket insert cards.

Step 7. Embellish Cards

These cards were specifically designed for embellishing, so get creative! Here we grabbed matching glitter card stock, a hole punch and glue, but you can do whatever you'd like! Other fun ideas include loose glitter, gems, pom-poms, buttons, stickers... you get the picture.

Step 8. Personalize Cards

If you wish, personalize cards with a 'to/from' or other note.

Step 9. Stuff 'Em

Insert your personalized card along with a gift card, photo, candy, trinket, etc.

Step 10. If Mailing, Enclose in an A2 Envelope


If you are mailing your pocket card, place it in an A2 (4 3/8 x 5 3/4) envelope and send it on its way.

Thanks so much, Kristen! I love all of the designs, but the swirly tree has especially captured my heart as I'm such a fan of scrolls. It's cute the way you've decorated it with star and hole punchees as ornaments.

Easy, Last Minute Pocket Card Holders for the Holidays

And the way you've used them as snowflakes...

Easy, Last Minute Pocket Card Holders for the Holidays

...and even as buttons for the snowman. 

Easy, Last Minute Pocket Card Holders for the Holidays

MirriSPARKLE Glitter Paper, flake-free and easy to cut and score, makes these cards extra special!

Ann Martin
Ann Martin

This is a short biography of the post author and you can replace it with your own biography.


  1. Love this idea! I'll be making use of this for sure. Thanks so much!

  2. I'm glad to hear that, Michele Kay! Thanks for your comment.


Post a Comment

Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. I try to respond to questions within 24 hours, so please check back.