How to Make a Business Card Holder . . . From Playing Cards

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Sister_Diane Diane Gilleland, contributor
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You can make these cases from standard playing cards or from loteria, tarot, or novelty cards. Anything that fits a business card works!
You can choose playing cards for your guys favorite numbers or suits, his hobbies, or assemble a poker hand!
The case is nice and compact to fit in his pocket. Download the template and get making!
You can make these cases from standard playing cards or from loteria, tarot, or novelty cards. Anything that fits a business card works!

You can make these cases from standard playing cards or from loteria, tarot, or novelty cards. Anything that fits a business card works!

Photo: Diane Gilleland
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Cut the card case template out along the outer edges, using a straightedge and X-Acto knife. Then, score all the remaining lines with a bone folder.

Here's a key thing to remember: The side of the cardstock with the lines will be the inside of the finished case. The side with no lines will be the outside.

Lightly fold the cardstock on the scored lines.

Gently bend the cardstock at all the scored lines. Don't bend it too sharply! All we're doing at this point is making light fold marks that will show up on the other side of the cardstock, as shown.

Use the fold lines as a guide to glue down the cards.

Then, use those folds as guidelines as you glue playing cards to the cardstock using a glue stick. Here, you see the cards you'll need to glue down for the outside of the case. (That half card on the right side will end up as the front of the pocket inside the case. But don't let this confuse you!)

If your cards are directional, make sure they're placed with their tops together on the front of the case.

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Comments (9)

CodyMosly writes: I like playing cards
Posted: 12:26 am on February 27th
kennlowe writes: Great idea of making business card holder using playing cards.
Posted: 3:35 pm on November 9th
marthaom writes: This is such a cool project! I'd love to try making it, but I can't seem to locate the link to download the template - is the template still available?
Posted: 11:49 am on December 19th
CoffeePotPeople writes: Oh, my goodness, Diane. You have just made my day. I went to bed last night thinking about the dozens and dozens of card decks we have (my hubby went through a "phase", lol) and wondering what I could do with them, craft-wise. Yay! This is perfect.

A thought on the process: It occurred to me that the glueing up might be stabilized if you filled the case with extra playing cards beforehand. I'm going to try that; if it doesn't work, or do anything helpful, I'll let you know.
Posted: 12:04 pm on January 13th
Sister_Diane writes: phunkymama, I used what is probably a heavy-duty laminator at my local copy shop. I used 5 mil pouches, which sealed fine at the edges, although I did need to cut the laminate 1/8" from all edges to incorporate a slight gap around the very edges of the playing cards. If you have access to the 5 mil laminate, perhaps that would work better for you. Please let me know!
Posted: 9:55 pm on December 29th
phunkymama writes: Can I ask what kind of laminator you're using for this project? I used Scotch 3 mil pouches in my Scotch laminator, and I can't get it to seal well. The thickness of the playing cards is making it so that my edges won't seal.
Posted: 3:22 pm on December 27th
Sister_Diane writes: chibimaddy, I've been trying to see your posting, but this link doesn't take me there! Can you give it to me again?
Posted: 12:02 am on December 16th
prpldy writes: I love this...and will be making one for myself. Thanks for the wonderful instructions and the template.
Posted: 12:33 pm on December 14th
chibimaddy writes: Thanks so much for a wonder project!! I saw this early in the morning, and just had to try it! It's wonderful.

I made some modifications to make it personal for me, and I uploaded pics so you could see.

Thank you so much Diane!!!

xo Maddy
Posted: 5:35 pm on December 13th
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