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Video:How to Make a Birthday Coupon Gift

with Haddie Djemal

A birthday coupon book makes a great gift for anyone whether they be family or friends. This inexpensive gift can be made right at home with basic supplies. Learn how to make a birthday coupon gift book that you loved ones will enjoy.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make a Birthday Coupon Gift

Hi , I’m Haddie Djemal with About.com, and today I’m going to show you how to make a Birthday Coupon Gift. This Birthday Coupon Book makes a great gift for anyone whether they be moms, dads, brothers, sisters, or even friends.

To Make a Birthday Coupon Gift, You'll Need:

  • Construction paper
  • Blank paper
  • Ruler
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Decorative ribbon
  • Markers
  • Stickers

Fold the Cover of the Coupon Book and Fill with Pages

You’ll want to start by making the cover of your coupon book by using a sheet of construction paper any color of your choice. Fold the sheet from top to bottom, making sure to press firmly creating a crease. Then fold again from top to bottom, pressing firmly creating a second crease. Using the center crease as a cutting guide cut the construction paper in half. You'll only need one of the halves to make your cover.

Now that you have the cover of your coupon book, the next step will be to add the pages on the inside using the blank sheets of paper. You'll fold and cut the paper using the exact same steps that were used in order to make your cover. Only this time you'll actually be using both halves. Put the halves inside of each other and voila. You have your pages. Put the pages inside of your cover, and make sure that the pages are aligned properly, because you'll be hole punching them. And hole punch. When you're done your book should look like this.

Secure the Coupons in the Book with Ribbon

The next step will be to secure your pages using your ribbon. You'll cut two strings no shorter then about two inches each. Insert each string into each hole. Then you'll tie each of your strings. You don't want to tie too tight, so your cover and your pages will have some room to move. Using your markers and stickers, you can decorate your book anyway you like. One idea might be to add a label to your cover, you can do this by cutting out a small square, and gluing it to the cover of your coupon book. There are no rules to the decorations, so just have fun. You can add as much or as little as you like. To add the final touch to your cover, curl your string by using the inner edge of your scissors and running them gently across your string.

Create Coupons for the Birthday Gift

The last and final step is to create your coupons. So get creative. Don't be afraid to add some color and some decor to your coupons. Fill in the coupons with a gift your loved one will enjoy. The ideas are endless. For moms and dads, anything from kisses and hugs to breakfast in bed, or washing the car work great. For brothers and sisters maybe helping with some homework, or picking up some of their chores. You can even leave the coupons blank and let the loved one fill it in themselves.

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