How to Make Your Own Card Sleeves

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A card sleeve can keep your cards neatly together.
A card sleeve can keep your cards neatly together. (Image: deck of cards image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)

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

Things You'll Need

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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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