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Published on September 20th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell


Business Card Holder from an Altoids Tin

Business Card Holder from an Altoids Tin

Do you remember our Ten Ways to Repurpose an Altoids Tin post? Well, here’s one more way to repurpose an Altoids tin– a business card holder! I saw the idea from Shannon at Madigan Made and immediately thought of my friend Crystal. She has business cards for her music ministry, but they always get lost or bent in her purse. If you have this same problem, or know someone who does, whip up this super easy business card holder!

What You Will Need:

1. Altoids Tin

Business Card Holder from an Altoids Tin

2. Sheet Music or other recycled paper (book pages, magazine pages, etc)

3. Glue. If you can, use eco-glue!

4. Water

5. Permanent marker

How To Do It:

1. Clean your Altoids tin.

2. Cut or tear your sheet music (or other recycled paper) into small strips.

Business Card Holder from an Altoids Tin

3. Mix your glue with a little bit of water. I always make it the consistency of soup– not too thick, but not too watery.

4. With your glue/water mixture, glue your paper strips onto the tin.

Business Card Holder from an Altoids Tin

5. I chose to fold the paper around the inside edges of the tin, but you can also use a razor blade if you want a clean edge.

Business Card Holder from an Altoids Tin

6. Trace the tin can on a separate page of sheet music. Then, cut it out. I simply placed mine inside the top of the Altoids tin and it stayed perfectly. If you want to glue or tape it to the top of the tin, though, you can.

Business Card Holder from an Altoids Tin

7. Once everything dries, you can add writing or a logo, if desired. Crystal wrote her initials on hers with a permanent marker:

Business Card Holder from an Altoids Tin

Now, Crystal can pull out her handy business card holder in a flash! No more fumbling around in her wallet or giving out crushed business cards! Remember, business cards aren’t exactly eco-friendly, so consider making your own Recycled Business Cards Using Your Sewing Machine, or ordering from companies like UPrinting.

Business Card Holder from an Altoids Tin

Who could you make this business card holder for and how would you decorate it? Share your ideas in the comment section below!

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About the Author

Hello! I'm Bonnie -- a craft nerd, musician, writer, furniture and vintage lover, crafter, and diyer! If you would like to learn more about me, I also have my own blog, Revolutionaries, where I write about more craft projects, furniture redos, and my faith! You can also find me on , Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

9 Responses to Business Card Holder from an Altoids Tin

  1. Frances says:

    These are so cute and I hope you don’t mind but I Pinned it to refer to later

  2. Justine says:

    Thank you for posting this! I need a business card holder and wanted something that had recycled content. I couldn’t find anything that fit the bill. Your idea is brilliant because reuse is even better that buying recycled.

  3. This looks great! My fall craft fair season is just about to start and I could use a crafty way to store and display my business cards. Thanks!

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  6. bartoonland says:

    I just tried my business cards in an altoid tin and they were too big. The cards are from Vistaprint, which is what the ones you displayed look like they came from. Did you/your friend trim the cards down to fit the tin or did they just fit?

  7. sue says:

    Why do you mix the glue with water? I have modpodge; should I mix it with water?

    • Julie Finn says:

      Straight white glue is too thick for decoupage. Mod Podge, which is designed for decoupage, is the correct consistency and shouldn’t be mixed, but if you’re using any other glue, you should thin it down with water so that it spreads more easily into the thin layers desired for decoupage.

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