April 18, 2011

How to make a wearable business card!

I don't know about you, my shoppers rarely beg me for a business card!  And, when I'm shopping I rarely pick up a business card.  When I do, it usually ends up in the bottom of my bag because I either 1) never really know where to put it for a quick future reference, or 2) forget to ever look at it or for it again.

After working my butt off prepping for last week's event, I wanted to do something fun and easy with my left over crafty energy.  I came up with an idea to promote my Etsy shop to the weekend's shoppers without having to rely on them to pick up my business card.

Mini Business Card Rings!

Everyone wants a fun freebie, right?  Well, these things went like hotcakes genuine diamond rings, I tell ya.  As soon as shoppers found a size that fit them well, they instantly slid it onto their finger, then ran to tell their friends who came running over for their own.  I am definitely going to make more.  I may do a more unisex print this time, or perhaps make a couple different patterns for shoppers to choose from.

To last weekend's event I brought 98 rings and 98 business cards.  I ran out of rings before lunch on Saturday, and had 62 business cards leftover.  How do you like them apples?

Supplies
Computer/Printer
8.5" x 11" Scrap of fabric
Scissors (I used a flat rotary slider)
Glue (I used a hot glue gun)
Buttons
June Tailor Fabric Stick or Quick Fuse












After printing my image on the Fabric Stick and attaching it to the back of my fabric, here's how it all went down:

Cut out the rings

Dab hot glue to the inside of the ring, then fold both ends together

Repeat, and repeat and repeat and repeat and....

Dab hot glue over the seam where the two ends meet

Press the button lightly into the glue so the glue doesn't seep out the holes
  That's it!  Easy huh?



This shows my original "FREE" sign, but now I have a large, colorful {noticeable} sign that says "Steal a Free Ring!"

EDIT:
Since publishing this post, I have received a ton of feedback, comments, photos, and questions.  This makes me happy!  It also made me realize that it would be helpful to compile a list of common questions for you, and provide a template for the rings.  

So I did!  

Click here for a list of FAQ's about this project, to download the template, and to see a list of other ways to use the rings {if you don't have a business to promote!}.

Thanks for visiting!