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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Now, we need to make a little strap to hold the case shut. Begin this by punching a tiny hole in each side of the pocket, as shown.

Cut an 8-inch length of stretchy cord. Thread one end through the first hole and tie a knot in the card twice. (You need a large knot so it can't pop back through the hole.) The knot should be on the inside of the case.

Wrap the cord around the outside of the case.

Bring the other end of the cord around the outside of the case, and pass it through the second hole. This is how the cord should look on the outside of the case: It should lie flat and not be pulled too tight.

Thread the cord through the other hole. Tie a double knot.

Tie another large double knot at the inside of the case. Trim both ends of the cord close to the knots, and put a small drop of glue on each knot to make it sturdier.

Prep some strips of masking tape. Apply E6000 to the side flaps of the pocket.

Time to glue the case together! Prepare four small pieces of masking tape. Then, apply E6000 to the two flaps of the pocket, as shown.

Fold up the pocket and anchor it with masking tape.

Fold the pocket up, adjusting the sides so they fit together precisely. Wipe away any glue that oozes out between the layers. Then, place the tape around the edges to hold the case together while the glue cures.

Allow the case to dry overnight before removing the masking tape.

Leave the case taped together like this overnight, until the glue has completely dried. Then, remove the tape and your case is ready for giving.

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Comments (7)

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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