Things change; we move, change jobs, change our cable provider, email address etc. So what do we do with old, outdated business cards ? This is a dilemma I am now faced with.
You see, not long ago I ordered a box of 500 business cards for my etsy shop, AlmostPrecious. (The box of cards in the left of photo below)
Then I opened a second shop, DellaMessina handcrafted jewelry, and had to order another box of 500 cards for that endeavor.
Since I also place my jewelry into local boutiques and galleries I have a box of cards for those establishments that make no reference to my online shops, the owners of shops and galleries prefer it that way (wouldn't want to have their customers contact me privately about purchasing a piece and skipping over the middleman's 40% commission).
One could use them to jot down an address or phone number.
Keep them to list what pantry supplies or craft supplies you're running low on.
Use them to shim up a wobbly restaurant table (we've all experienced one of those teeter-totter tables and had to resort to using paper table napkins, packets of sugar or sugar substitutes to even out the imbalance).
Some suggested using them to make your own set of playing cards.
Donate them to a local school's art teacher.
Use them for bookmarks.
Wallpaper a room with them. ( Uh - don't think so !)
Clip them to one's bicycle so the card would hit the spokes of the wheel, making a noise. (We're all pretty familiar with that one.)
Okay so there's a lot of . . . well , a lot of suggestions . . . but was there something truly useful that one could do with old business cards?
If one made handcrafted paper, maybe the cards could be shredded, soaked and transformed into some type of paper . . . can that be done with glossy cards ?
Someone suggested shredding them to use as packing filler in packaging.
Also one could make teeny, tiny little paper airplanes. Not sure that they would fly very far and I doubt that I need a fleet of close to a 1,000 of them !
However I did run across an interesting idea . . . constructing little boxes with them.
Though it is a bit novel, I have no inkling at all as to what I would do with a hundred or so of these little boxes. I'd love to hear your suggestions on how to use old business cards . . . or even what one could do with these little business card cubes.
To learn how to make your own little business card cubes (if you're so inclined) you may visit : Ned Batchelder