With the new year around the corner, many business owners will be in need of new business cards. A change of address, cell phone number, email address or a complete brand refresh all necessitate a new run of business cards to hand out at meetings and industry interactions. While change is exciting and having new leave-behind marketing material is always awesome, it does beg the question of what to do with the leftover business cards that show the old info.
In this day and age, simply tossing it in the bin is not only wasteful, but it’s also irresponsible. Every company, no matter how small, has the responsibility to conduct their business as sustainably as possible, and this includes finding ways to upcycle leftover stationery items. Fortunately, there are quite a few fun ways to upcycle business cards:
Donate It To A Pre-School
Pre-schoolers spend a lot of time doing arts and crafts, and their teachers are always on the lookout for recycled materials to use during craft time. Donate your leftover business cards to a school near you – they can use it for all sorts of construction projects by cutting it into strips and shapes.
Turn It Into a Collage
Need a new art piece for the foyer? Cut the business cards into regular shapes like triangles or squares, mix it all up turn it into a mosaic-like collage by gluing the pieces to a piece of stiff board. You can build a picture if you’re really keen, or you can simply start gluing down the pieces and see where your collage takes you!
Two Words: Gift Tags
Whip out some paint and stickers and turn it into gift tags! You’ll have enough for years and could even gift some to your loved ones so they may use it for birthdays and other gifting purposes.
Make Christmas Tree Decorations
You can keep it simple and stick with 2D cutouts that you can thread onto a string, or you can go all out and try something a little more involved, like these 3D beauties.
Create Your Own Card Game
Snap is a classic card game that allows the player with the keenest eye and quickest response times to collect the most cards to win. The fun thing is, you can 100% create your own version of the game with leftover business cards. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to get you started. For extra fun, you can use pictures of your family members to make it more personal…
There you have it – five fun ways to upcycle leftover business cards. Keep your eye on the blog in coming weeks and months for more helpful printing advice, and feel free to get in touch with a knowledgeable Asset Print representative if you need expert advice on stationery items like business cards and how you can tailor yours to represent your enterprise in the best possible light.