Business Card Origami
You're in a meeting, you are getting bored. Business card origami will keep you awake! The world of origami is ever expanding: you can fold a square sheet of paper, or you can fold just about anything: candy wrappers, money, sticky note paper, toilet paper, and yes - you can fold business cards too.
Paper vs. Business Cards
There are some basic differences between origami and business cards origami.
- Shape: many origami models start with a square sheet of paper. In contrast, most business cards are rectangular in shape.
- Size: commercially available origami paper is typically 6" x 6" though they can be as small as 1" square or as large as 10" square. Professional origami artists can start with much larger sheets - as large as 13 feet x 13 feet.In contrast commercially available business cards in USA and Canada are typically 3.5" x 2".
- Weight: paper used for origami varies in weight: from light weight kami to the heavier sheets used for wet folding. However, it is safe to say that the card stock used to make business cards is 3 to 4 times heavier than the paper used to fold origami.
Because of the above differences, folding business cards into origami models requires special consideration. Simple models with few steps work best because business cards are already quite thick to begin with. Diagrams that begin with a square sheet of paper need to be modified to accommodate a business card's rectangular shape. Lastly, models which use multiple business cards assembled together to form one shape are more dramatic because more cards create larger models. This type of origami is called modular origami or unit origami.
There are many business card origami instructions scattered throughout the internet. Check Malache's web page for an extensive list.
Business Card Origami Diagrams
Business Card Origami Holders
Mosley does it again. In September 2012, she and members of the Institute For Figuring unveil the Mosely Snowflake Sponge, a business card installation representing a 3D fractal. The project was 7-months long, involved hundreds of volunteers and required 49,000 business cards. See how to make one unit here
London-born product designer, Sam Buxton, has a unique business card made of stainless steal. The thin sheet is cut in various places so it unfolds into a 3-D replica of himself working at his computer. Very unique, very creative. Not quite origami, more in the lines of origamic architecture. Buxton's business card caught the eye of a manufacturer and similar pop up cards are now available for sale as the MIKRO-Man series of fold-up sculptures. Go to MIKRO-man web site to see more www.mikromart.com.