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Step One: Cut a Hole in a Box
One thing about business cards-they tend to get old quickly. Maybe your office moves or you change jobs, or in some cases a small typo ruins the whole batch. What to do with your old business cards? Never fear- with a bit of creative energy, you can reuse and repurpose them. It’s true since they are made of paper, they can be placed in a recycling bin, but why not give them a second life with a crafty recycling project idea?
Brighten Up Your Evenings
If you live in an apartment, or your house doesn’t have a fireplace, make one! With some simple household items, you can transform your television into a cozy hearth. This is a good idea for a kid’s room too, if they have their own small TV. The best part is that you don’t have to worry about the safety issues or maintenance that come with a real fireplace. What you’ll need:
- Old business cards
- Cardboard box
- Red acrylic paint and paintbrush
- Glue stick or glue gun
- DVD of a fireplace
Step 1: Find a box large enough to fit around your television. You may have to work at it a bit, adjusting the sides of the box, and overlap the top folds to keep it upright and together. Packing tape and a craft knife will come in handy here.
Step 2: Once you have the box in place around your television, measure and cut out the front square, overlapping the real screen by about one inch.
Step 3: Paint one side of your old business cards (100% post-consumer content index cards would also work nicely).
Step 4: Glue the “bricks” onto your box. I rounded the corners of my “bricks” once they were dry. Since the glue stick alone wasn’t strong enough, I busted out a glue gun. See what works for you.
Step 5: Throw in a fireplace DVD and enjoy the cheesy glow. You can add a cardboard “mantle” as well.