Business Card Case - Origami Style

Create your own six-pocket case using one letter or A4 sized piece of paper. Holds up to 24 business cards or about 6 credit cards.

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The attachment includes step-by-step instructions with photographs so you can fold your own business card case from a single piece of paper.

I used a piece of paper that had a printed pattern on one side and plain white on the other. However, both sides will show in the final product, so you may want to find paper that has color/pattern on both sides.

The folds are simple and there is no cutting. The result is a small paper rectangle with six pockets--four flap pockets and two full-depth pockets. The pockets hold everything reasonably securely, but if you're nervous about it you can be extra sure with a binder clip, rubber band, or some other extra device if you wish. This is not a 'jotter,' it's just a set of pockets.

You can stuff more than 4 business cards into each pocket, but if you do that in all the pockets it gets pretty tight. About 4 cards in each of the 6 pockets is still reasonably convenient and easy to put in/take out, etc.

If you have a small clip pen, you could attach the pen along the 'spine' of the case when you're done folding, if you wish.

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You know I'm going to scale this up and have a blast doing it.
...he said pulling off his shoes and socks in preparation for some advanced mathmatical operations.

"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Don't bother..

Hi ygor.

I've already worked out the directions for making one for index cards. I just haven't taken the pictures yet.

You start with a 12x12 piece of scrapbook paper and use the index card itself as a guide for the 2nd fold. Then cut off all the excess below the fold, leaving about a three or four inch margin below the fold.

...there's a little more to it than that, but I *will* be publishing that one too, once I have a chance to take the pictures.

...I'll also be publishing a hack of this method that results in something like a 'jotter' but with *four* jotterish pockets instead of the usual one..


I tried anyway...

...and got an index card size out of an 11x17 trimmed down to 11x12, with the 12 inch side being the vertical side on your step 1 picture. I reasoned the height of the paper in that picture is 4 times the width of the finished folder, so 4 x 3 = 12.

You said, "...use the index card itself as a guide for the 2nd fold."

I am not sure which fold you mean. I suspected the fold at step 13, but trimming after that fold would either mess up the folded corners or make you re-fold them for the trimmed end of the paper.

Anyway, try starting with an 11 x 12 and see if you like the end results. If not, you go with your preference. This is your article. I'm just offering another point of view.

"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Hack for index card


Yes, 11x12 is about the right size for an index card case that includes nice big flaps to hold things in.

Step 1 gives you the center crease of the finished holder--the one you open and close to see the inside pockets.

Step 2/3 gives you the width of the finished holder--the skinny measurement of the finished folder. This must be slightly bigger than the index card's narrow measurement, say about 3.25 or 3.5 inches away from the center crease.

Step 4 gives you the size of the flap, so if you cut down the excess before you fold this step then you get a smaller flap, which results in a 'jotterish' sort of holder.

Step 5-7 gives you the fastener that holds everything together at the end.

Step 12 determines the overall length of the finished holder. You want the length to be a little bigger than the longest measure of an index card, so say 5.25, multiplied by 2 since we fold it in half in step 13, means we need the finished length of step 12 to be at least 10.5 inches. So the little flap you fold here needs to be about an inch or an inch and a half.

Steps 14 and 15 just finish it up so it all stays together.

So the trimming part is at step 3-4. This gives you the flexibility to 1) start with a 12x12 sheet if you have one around, 2) alter the depth of the flaps to give you more or less coverage.


Golf Origami

Does anyone have instructions on folding a golfer out of business cards?


i was searching around for a neat business-card holder, and things were costing like $25 or $30 and i really needed one, but didn't want to spend the money, and this is *perfect*! and it's free! so thanks very much!