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How to Make Your Own Card Sleeves

Updated March 23, 2017

Card sleeves are ideal for people who are card collectors, avid card players and entrepreneurs who often hand out business cards. By making a personalised card sleeve, you can keep your cards or those you collect from others neatly organised.

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  1. Measure the cards that require a card sleeve. Collect the length, width and height of the deck of cards.

  2. Draw a rectangle on the construction paper with the length and width of the card sleeve using a pencil. Below the rectangle along one of the width lines, connect a rectangle that measures the width and height. To this rectangle, connect an identical rectangle of the first square measuring the length and width.

  3. Add two additional rectangles to the last rectangle in the three-in-a-row rectangles. The two rectangles should be on each side, connected to the length sides. These two rectangles should measure the length and the height, plus an additional half inch.

  4. Cut out the figure following the outside border of the rectangles. All of the rectangles should stick together.

  5. Fold each of the lines that are left on the figure after cutting it out. The folds should create a card sleeve with an additional half-inch on each side.

  6. Decorate the outside of the card sleeve using markers and stickers.

  7. Apply glue to the two half-inch sides and fold the card sleeve, so the two glued sides are on the inside of the card sleeve. If the card sleeve is flat, apply pressure to the card sleeve. If the card sleeve is high, stick a few fingers into the card sleeve and a few fingers on the outside of the card sleeve and apply pressure to ensure the glue has dried.

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Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Stickers

About the Author

Based in Toronto, Mary Jane has been writing for online magazines and databases since 2002. Her articles have appeared on the Simon & Schuster website and she received an editor's choice award in 2009. She holds a Master of Arts in psychology of language use from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

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