When you write for a living, you go from gig to gig, acquiring new business cards with each new position. The shelf life for my business cards is a couple of years. By then, I’ve given out maybe 50, and have another 150 sitting in a cardboard box. What a waste of paper and space.
So I searched for ways to repurpose my old business cards, and here’s what I’ve found.
1. Mini Note Cards: Just big enough to jot down a grocery or to-do list. Attach a binder clip, and the card stands up.
2. Bookmarks: Punch a hole in the corner and attach a bit of old ribbon or twine.
3. Travel Playing Cards: Keep kids busy making the cards, then playing cards.
4. Gift Cards: Paint or paste a wrapping paper square on one side; write your message on the other.
5. Frame Them: Make a collage, or just arrange them in a frame to remember your professional journey. (Wish I had done that.)
6. Labels: The stiff paper is perfect for binder or file folder labels.
7. Flashcards: Place 8×8 on the blank side, and 64 on the upper corner on the written side.
8. Moving Box Labels: Easily attached with packing tape.
9. Toothpicks: In a pinch.
10. Luggage Tags: Cut to fit your luggage tag holder.
11. Hamster Box Filler: Shred to make bedding for your favorite rodent.
12. Medicine Cheat Sheet: Write down your medicine and dosage, and hand the card to the nurse for copying when you visit a new doctor.
13. Precious Art Reminder: Write the artist, price, and date and place of purchase on the card, and slip it into the back of the picture frame.
14. Quickie Project: Slip a handful into a bag, add crayons, and you can keep kids busy for hours.
15. Knitting Place Holders: Number the cards, punch a hole in the corner, and thread them on a string. When you’ve finished a row of something long and straight, like a scarf, flip the card to the back of the stack and you’ll always know which row you’re on.
16. Plant Markers: Staple to a twig or Popsicle stick: They’ll last for at least a season.
17. Paint Chips: Dip into paint, let dry, and put in a binder with the color code and location on the back. You’ll always remember the name of your wall paint and what it originally looked like.
18. Send to Collectors: Traders and collectors will love your contribution.
19. Place Cards: Get a little artsy-crafty with the back, then write the guest’s name on the blank side.
20. Compost: Shred first for faster composting in your pile.
OK. I dare you to come up with 20 more ways to repurpose business cards.
Image credit: Artotemsco via Flickr