Monday, March 22, 2010

All Business


I went to a business meeting on last week and it was the kind where you chit-chat and smooze. So I was working the room (hahaha yeah right) and the time came when I had to give someone my business card and out I pull a stack of cards held together with a binder clip. I felt kinda tacky in a weird way as I fumbled to unclip the cards. After that experience I started thinking about it and an idea just popped in my head when I was getting a piece of gum out of my desk drawer. Bam, it hit I could use the gum package as a template. After digging for awhile I found supplies that I had in my craft closet already.

Glue (spray and tacky)
Scrap of fabric
Hair tie
Scissors
Something to measure with

First I took the gum package apart, very carefully, so it was laying flat. I used spray glue and sprayed the outside of the package and laid it flat on the material and placed a book on top for a few minutes to allow it to adhere and dry a bit.  Once I had the template and the material glued together I cut around the template leaving a ¼-inch overhang.


Then I used the tacky glue and glued the sides in and manipulated the corners where necessary. I did snip the tight corners in order to get a nice straight edge. I placed a book on top again and let it dry for a few more minutes.


 While giving the glue time to dry I cut a piece of fabric to line the inside flap in order to make the card holder look finished. My husband mentioned to me I should have stitched around the edge before gluing it back in the shape of the gum package and I think that was a good idea but that was after I already glued it together. So if you have the time run a stitch around the edge to help hold everything together and then glue the package back into the original shape.


You may have to hold it together for a few minutes to let the glue set. After letting the glue dry I added an eyelet in the center of the front flap.


Then thread a hair tie through and snip off the inside loop and singe the end to create a ball at the end so the tie cannot go back through the eyelet.


There you have it, a fashionable business card holder.


Just think you can make one for every season, holiday, or event you go to! This would also be a fashionable way to carry gum!! Remember it is a pack of gum no big loss if you have to try a few times.

Sammy Gene

18 comments:

  1. this is great!!! so cute and so creative!! and the gum package is just sturdy enough instead of just having a cloth one!!

    great idea!! :o)

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  2. This is a really cute idea! I buy a different kind of gum...when the package is empty I will have to measure and see if cards will fit in it as well. Found your blog through One Pretty Thing.

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  3. this is totally one of those "why didn't I think of that" crafts. I really like how it turned out. I don't chew gum, but my H does so I'll have to get him some orbitz so I can have the packaging.

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  4. This is a very cute idea! I love adding fabric to anything. I don't have business cards, but I'm sure I'll use it for something... =D

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  5. Thanks everyone... This was one of those "sitting at work not working light bulb" moments! I couldn't wait to get home that night and whip this little package out!

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  6. Genius!!I wish I would have thought of GLUING the fabric to something when I attempted a desk type business card holder. (It didn't turn out so well.) Thanks for the great idea!!!!

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  7. Wonderful idea. I crocheted one with a divider in the middle so I could put "their" cars in the back, mine in the front...it's cute but yours is so much more sophisticated.

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  8. way cute! I just found your site using Stumble Upon and love this idea. Very creative and I bet it made your cards smell minty. :)

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  9. just stumbled on to this site using Stumble. I like your site

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  10. Excellent idea! Once I get business cards, I'm going to remember this! :-) - www.delightfulcountrycookin.com

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  11. I like this idea. Saw your site through stumble. I like it.

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  12. Another stumbler, good work!

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  13. I just got my very first business card of my career (I'm a grown-up now! Hooray!) and I have been holding them together with a rubber band. I found this page through StumbleUpon and immediately had to make one for myself. Thanks so much for this "recipe"!

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  14. A business card is very helpful think for drive a professional organization.
    Plastic business cards.

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  15. Business cards have been used by business owners for many years. They provide an ideal way to introduce potential customers to your company...
    Plastic Business Cards

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  16. I have used a straight up orbitz gum as a card case/wallet for years! Why did I not think to make it pretty with fabric! Awesome project!

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