How To: Turn a Six-Pack into Business Cards

How To: Turn a Six-Pack into Business Cards

Stephanie Kinnear
Aug 23, 2007

Full disclosure: This won't work for everyone (especially those of you who work in a corporate setting). And we totally stole this idea from Jenny Hurth, who we've posted about here before.

Now, with that out of the way. Here's how to turn your six packs (or cereal boxes, for non-drinkers) into print on-demand business cards.

For those of us who are self-employed in any kind of creative capacity, these cards are great: They reflect some personality, you don't need to wastefully order thousands more than you need, and they're relatively adaptable. You change your title, or move ... no need to reorder 1,000 cards, just reorder your stamp.

What you'll need:

• A six pack of beer (or cereal box)
• A rubber stamp personalized with all your normal business card info, no larger than 2 x 3.5 inches (we ordered ours from TheStampMaker ($27.75 including ink pad and shipping)
• An ink pad
• A craft knife (ie, X-acto knife)& plastic cutting board ... or if you're super crafty maybe you have a paper cutter, which will save you lots of time.
• A ruler
• A pencil
• A standard business card

First, disassemble your cardboard six-pack container, so that it is totally flat.

Using the standard business card and pencil, trace as many business card shapes as possible onto the cardboard.

Using the craft knife and ruler (or paper cutter) cut out all the business card shapes.

Using your stamp and ink pad, stamp your info on the blank side of the new cards.

Try not to touch them or stack them for a couple minutes; they have a tendency to smear.

Don't worry if they're not pristine, that's part of the charm (or at least we tell ourselves that).

Oh ... and definitely recycle any leftover cardboard scraps.

Now, pass them out like candy. They're great conversation starters.

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