20 Great Ways to Repurpose Business Cards

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

84 comments

Christine Jones
Christine J.1 years ago

Love this article. I always carry a bunch and if I have to leave a note for someone or write anything down I've always got something to write on.

Janet B.
Janet B.2 years ago

Thanks

Alan Lambert
Alan Lambert2 years ago

Forwarded, thanks for sharing

Naomi R.
Naomi R.2 years ago

thank you, love to find ways to repurpose things

Marian A.
Marian Austin2 years ago

Interesting

Rhonda B.
Rhonda B.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Tanya W.
Tanya W.2 years ago

Don't like waste! We live in a wasteful society...

Tanya W.
Tanya W.2 years ago

Don't like waste! We live in a wasteful society...

Tanya W.
Tanya W.2 years ago

I like reusing & recycling

Tanya W.
Tanya W.2 years ago

I like reusing & recycling