With craft punchers, glue and washi tape, you can turn old business cards into beautiful and unique gift tags. Oh, and yes, you’ll need imagination too.
The idea was born after Alex’s food business was rebranded and we were left with two boxes of unusable business cards bearing the name and logo of the discarded brand. Why throw them away? There was a time when I’d take my old business cards, write on the clean side and tape them on gifts. I could do better with these.
The funny thing was, when I decided to include craft projects in this blog, the first inspirations came from recycling ideas. Old magazine pages torn and coiled to make wall clocks, plastic beads baked until melted to make lovely coasters and dreamcatchers… those kind of projects. But I got distracted when I fell in love with washi tape and recycling took a back seat.
It turns out that recycling and washi tape can go together to create beautiful things an in the case of these business cards turned gift tags.
What I did was to use the business cards in pairs.
First, I peeled off the glossy side with all the printed text. It’s easier to glue together rough paper than smooth ones. Plus, washi tape is semi transparent and I did not want any of the text on the cards showing underneath the washi tape.
I used craft punchers to punch out a shape on one corner of the first business card.
I pressed a strip of washi tape on the other business card then glued the two “rough” sides of the cards together. I weighed the glued cards down with a book to prevent them from coming apart while the glue was still wet.
After I’ve made a bunch of cards that had all been dried, I taped all four sides of each card using washi tape. Not only did the edges look prettier, the washi tape also hid the fact that these gift tags were the result of recycling.