How to Make DIY Recycled Business Cards

How to make recycled business cards using a stamp via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo #businesscards #recycled #diy


I have a love hate relationship with business cards. I never order them because I can never decide what I want them to look like or how many to order. I haven’t had business cards in so long that I just end up writing my information on napkins and scrap paper for people. I decided to meet myself halfway and just make them as I need them….using things I might throw away anyway:

Upcycled business cards using boxes and mail via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo #businesscards #recycled #diy

I cut bits of scrap paper from boxes, mail and books using a paper cutter (or scissors):


All the papers range in size:

Back of recycled business cards via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo #businesscards #recycled #diy

Old book covers, mail boxes, greeting cards, etc:

A variety of my recycled business cards via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo #businesscards #recycled #diy


And stamped them with a stamp I ordered from Vistaprint.  It’s the self-inking 3.5″ x 1.5″ stamp. (Note: if you click advanced editing options towards the bottom you can create a custom stamp, you can also just upload a Photoshop file)

Stamping my Recycled Business Cards  via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo #businesscards #recycled #diy


I love how eclectic they are:

Recycled Business Cards made from mail and discarded boxes via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo #businesscards #recycled #diy


Sometimes I use a bit of decorative tape (or masking/washi tape) to add a little interest:

Recycled business cards with washi tape to add interest via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo #businesscards #recycled #diy

Ready to hand out if anyone asks for my contact info:

My recycled business cards with decorative tape to add interest via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo #businesscards #recycled #diy


Now I have a habit of looking for interesting bits of cardboard, postcards etc. to see what I can pick up for business cards.  When I hand out a business card you never quite know what you are going to get these days!




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Living a simple, creative life in #smalltownusa Bryson City, NC. Renovating a 1960s ranch house and an old train depot. Thank you for reading! Read more in my about section. 


  1. 1

    I really love this idea. Business cards like that really stand out among the usual boring ones.


  2. 2

    I thought of you this weekend! Try Big Lots next time you need a composition book. They had a lot with heavy covers, and it was their own brand, so maybe it’s something they keep instock.

  3. 3

    Those are great!

  4. 4

    I love it! If I ever need business cards, these are it! Thanks for this! :)

  5. 5
    dianne a says:

    Love this idea! Would you share the name of the font you used?

    • 6

      I am in agreement with Dianne….love these, but would love to know the font you used. Currently playing with Buena Park, but not looking right. Thank you!!

  6. 7

    Great idea! I’m bored with my business cards that I have so I might give this a shot. Thank you!

  7. 8

    Yay recycling! This is a great idea.

  8. 9

    Love this!

  9. 10

    I love this on so many levels. I am transitioning away from a traditional job (complete with engraved business cards) into the great unknown without a specific plan…your journey is paralleling mine in many ways. As I am in the process of rewriting who I am right now, a card similar to this makes a lot of sense. Cheers to cliff jumping!!

  10. 11
    Stephanie says:

    Love this idea!