How-to: DIY Embellished Business Cards–with a Treat!

DIY business cards embellished with a treat (1 of 4)

The easiest way to add a charm or a little string of beads is to just tie it on. First, punch a hole through one corner of your business card using a punch with a narrow diameter.

DIY business cards embellished with a treat (3 of 4)You can string your charm using whatever stash materials you own. I have some leftover yarn, so I’m stringing my beads using that yarn, threaded onto a plastic needle. At either end I’m tying a large knot to keep the beads from slipping, and that’s it! I really don’t need these random hand-painted beads, but they add some color to my primarily brown business cards, and hopefully my customers, who clearly enjoy buying hand-crafted little items, will enjoy another couple of hand-crafted little items as a freebie.

Some other ways to embellish your business cards with a little treat:

  • cut hole into card, insert photo negativeIf you’re a photographer, an artist who has extra slides of your work, or a recycled crafter who uses old film strips or photo negatives, a business card that incorporates this is a fun way to get rid of some of your trash. And also? The fact that you can hold your business card up to a light and see through the negative glued to it is pretty cool!
  • make business card into envelope, insert treat: These seed packet business cards offer an excellent template. Sure, you can include some seeds, but you can just as easily include vintage postage stamps, a pinback button or magnet, or a mini ‘zine.
  • add treat to small bottle, tape to business cardIt does require a little more stash to complete, but the idea of a teensy bottle of goodness taped to a business card with washi tape is ripe with possibilities. Will you put in glitter? Sand? Dried lavender? Lettuce seeds? It’s up to you!

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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    • These are old cardboard record album covers. They’re a great source of good, sturdy, vintage cardboard! We collect records albums to play, but people don’t know how to store records anymore, so many of the ones that we acquire are completely unplayable, and sometimes we upcycle those into other things.

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