Nov 302012


As you all know, when promoting your business locally, a great way to do this is through business cards.  Not only the ones that you hand out personally, but the ones that you put on display at your desk, booth, store, or other locations.

But, what makes your business cards get noticed?  What makes them standout from the rest?  An attention grabbing business card holder, especially one that reflects what you do…like a sampling of your work.

Since I work with reclaimed, recycled, and reloved items, especially furniture, I wanted my business card holder to reflect these things.  So, I grabbed up some boards, dug through my knob collection, and got to work.

The boards are awesomely chippy, tongue and groove, wood exterior siding boards that I had previously rescued from the renovation of a 200 year old home.  Perfect!  I’ve been wanting to put these to good use, but didn’t want to have to scrape all the flaky paint off.  Using it for this project showcases it beautifully weather-beaten surface.


To create the holder:

The first thing I did was to pick out a set of knobs that, when attached, would allow enough space behind them and the board to rest the business cards on.  I chose some antique knobs that I had removed from a dresser that I refinished. They even have the original handcarved antique screws…so cool.


If you’re refinishing your knobs follow the next 2 steps.  If not, skip them.

***Keeping the screw in the back and using these cool little 3/4″ mini spring clamps allows me to easily work with the know without actually smudging it with my fingers.  The clamps also allow you to stand the knobs up while drying.  Honestly can’t have enough of these.


***I painted them with homemade chalkpaint, then sanded them with a 220 grit sponge when they were dry. (Can you tell I love this sponge?)


While the knobs were drying, I cut my board into 4 1/4″ lengths.  Approximately 3 1/4″ is the height that your holder should be. Cut them down if necessary so that the end result is approximately 3 1/4″ H x 4 1/4″ W.  This allows for the business cards to rest against it without hanging over the sides.  It frames the business cards nicely.  The thickness is up to you, but I recommend no more than 1″.  Mine are approximate 5/8″ – 3/4″ thick.  They’re hand-hewn and worn out so their not exact.


Sand the paint until there are no more loose paint chips.  Also sand the wood itself just a bit to remove any sharp edges.  Don’t sand it too much or you will loose that rustic look…unless, of course, that’s what you want.


 Once the knobs are dry, spray the board and the knobs with a matte clearcoat.  I use 3 coats on the board to prevent the paint from chipping any further.


Find the 4 1/4 ” side of the board that is the flattest and most even and use it as the bottom. Mark your board for the knobs 1/2″ from the bottom and 1″ in from each side.


 Drill a hole all the way through that is the proper bit measure for the screws that you are using. Doesn’t have to be a tight fit.


 It should look like this.


Now simply attach your knobs.  Screw them in tightly so there is no wiggle. (Notice my favorite tool…my Grandpa’s old screwdriver. It’s a prized possession.)


If you’ve used heavy knobs, then you are done.  Your business card holder should stand right up on it’s own.

BUT, if you’ve used lighter knobs (like these), you will need to attach a prop to the back.  You can use any wood scrap and simply nail or screw it to the bottom of the back.  NOW you are done.


 Ta Da!!!


The possibilities are endless…different knobs…types of wood…finishes.  If you make one, I would love to see what it looks like.  Send me a pic and I will post it.


Thanks for looking!

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  12 Responses to “DIY Shabby Rustic Business Card Holders Tutorial”

  1. I keep trying to leave a comment – don’t know if it’s going through- if it did and you have three comments from me, feel free to delete:)

    love these!! already pinned them!

    • Thanks Laura! I’m so glad you liked them. Don’t know what happened, but this is the only comment that I’ve received. But I’m glad I did. Keeps me motivated. Really appreciate it. Have a great holiday!


  2. This is an awesome idea! Thank you so much for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

    • Thank YOU for the opportunity to share! I’ve been a blogger for a while on other subjects, but I really love the support that DIY bloggers give each other. It’s the best. =)

  3. Oh wow, these are so cool! I love how they turned out, great job! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

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  5. I love the rustic look of these, so pretty! And maybe easy enough for me to try as a beginner woodworking project.

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