3 Ways to Reuse Old Business Cards

– Hey guys, I'm back withanother DIY video for you, and it's going to be really fun.

So you guys might remember that last year I was a Ford Fiesta agentand they gave each of us these business cards, whichwe could give out to people if they were asking aboutthe car or whatever.

Well I never gave outa single business card.

So I gave the car back but I still have 1000 of these business cards.

I could just throw them outbut that would be such a waste, so I give you three ways torecycle old business cards.

(light music) The first thing we're goingto do is make confetti.

This works the best if yourcards are already fun colors and luckily the Ford Fiestacards are teal and purple on one side and thenblue on the other side.

For this project I'm going to be using these fringe scissors whichare made by Martha Stewart and they have five blades.

They're really cool and they only cost $10 so I'm going to link to themin my sublime list down below in case you want to geta pair for yourself.

So the first thing to do isto lay down a piece of paper to catch all of the littlebits that we'll be cutting off.

After that, just use thescissors to cut fringe down one side of thebusiness card and then cut up the other side to make tinylittle squares of confetti.

(light music) Once you've repeated this over and over until you have a nicebig pile of confetti, you can pour it into ajar for safe keeping.

At this point you could throwit in the air and have a party but if you don't want tobe cleaning all of that up, you can also just use it as decoration and maybe throw a fewbig flowers in there.

(light music) The second thing that we're going to make are these cute little hanging flowers.

Here you can see thetest version that I made, which is fine but I kind ofwant to cover up the cards so that my name isn't stillsplashed all across them.

This step is optionalbut I think it just makes the whole thing look a lot neater.

So, I'm going to coverup the cards in this Duck brand adhesive laminatein a sparkly silver color.

However, before I cover the cards I'm just going to cut them inhalf since the original flower was just a bit too thick for my liking.

You're going to need sixbusiness cards for each flower so once you have six piecesthat are all the same width you can grab your laminateand start rolling it out.

Lay down the business cardpieces so that you can see how much of the laminateyou're going to need and then cut off the pieceyou've just measured.

Then just unpeel the backingand start sticking the cards to the back of it.

Once all of your businesscards are stuck down, just use your scissors to cut them out.

(light music) Ok so once all of the piecesare covered on one side by the silver laminate, nowit's time to do the other side.

Do the exact same thing,cutting off a piece of laminate and then laying the pieces down on it.

(light music) Once everything is stuck down, just cut them out one more time.

Again, this step is optional,but just look at how pretty this pattern is, I love it so much.

Ok so now you finallyhave all of the pieces covered and shiny, now it's time to actually make the flower.

You're going to need scotchtape, preferably the type that is perfectly clear ratherthan kind of translucent.

To make each petal, just pick up one piece and then bend it in half without putting a creasein it, just bend it.

And then use a piece of tapeto tape the two ends together.

You should get a shapethat's kind of long and flat, so just push it together a little bit to make it look more like a petal.

Do this for each of the other pieces and when you lay them out you'llsee how they form a flower.

So grab another piece of tape and then tape two of thepieces together on both sides.

(light music) Continue doing that for each of the petals until your flower iscompletely taped together.

At this point you could glue on a magnet or just put it on a shelf for a decoration but I want to hang mine.

So I'm just going to grabmy hole punch and my ribbon and then punch two holesat the top of the flower.

Then just thread the ribbon through and tie a simple knot at the end.

And for one more finaltouch I'm just going to hot glue some rhinestonesright in the center.

(light music) So there you go, youcan make these flowers with five or six petalsand you can make the ribbon as long or short as you like.

And then just hang them up in your window, in your locker, anywhere that you want.

I think they came out supercute, I would love to see your take on how you make them.

(light music) And now the third thingthat I'm going to make is this really cute mini-banner.

I'm going to start by foldingone of the business cards in half and then cutting atriangle out of the bottom to get the perfectlysymmetrical shape that I want, then trace and cut this shape out from the next businesscard and then use that one, which is flat, as thepattern for all of the rest.

Repeat this until you have as many shapes as you would like for your banner.

So I was going to cover thesecards with white Duck tape but when I tried it youcould still see the pattern pretty clearly through the tape.

So instead I decided touse this teal Duck tape.

Now luckily Duck tapeis about the same width as business cards so justcut off a piece and stick it to one side of the card.

Trim off the excess and do thesame thing on the other side.

(light music) Now on the edges you cansee that there's still a little bit of card showing through, so I'm going to coverthat up with washi tape.

I picked out four patterns of washi tape which I'm going to alternatedown the length of the banner.

(light music) So once all the edges arecovered with washi tape, it is time to add the letters.

You could paint them or drawthem or do whatever you'd like, but I'm going to use thesegold letter stickers on mine.

Just unpeel the backing andstick it on and repeat this until every piece ofyour banner is finished.

I decided to spell outwhat I think should be a daily reminder for myself,which is Make Things.

And I left a blank piece oneither end and in the middle.

So to string them together, just grab your hole punch and some string, and punch two holes in thetop corners of each piece.

This is going to takea little bit of effort to cut through all of the layers but if I can do it then you can do it.

And then just simply string them on until you have your finished banner.

(light music) So I hope you guys like my ideas for reusing old business cards.

Let me know in the commentswhich one of the three was your favorite idea, orif you have any other ideas because even after all that, I still have over halfof the box left over.

So if you want to make any of these, I put links to all of thematerials in my new sublime list which is linked right down below.

I'm also giving awaythis hexagon paper punch which I showed in my Fiskars craft haul, and they had sent me a duplicate so I'm giving one of themaway to one of you guys.

I really wanted to use it inthis video but it turns out it doesn't cut cardstock very nicely, but normal paper works fine.

So if you have ever wantedunlimited paper hexagons make sure to head over to mysublime list to enter to win.

So that is it from me.

Don't forget I am alsomaking videos over on the new HGTV Hand-Made channel whichyou can watch right here.

And if you want more craftygoodness, you can watch my huge Fiskars haul which is likescissors and cutting tools, they sent me so much stuff, you can watch me go throughall of it right here.

Thank you guys so much for watching, I will see you all next time.