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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