Introduction: Creative Business Card Alternative

Here's a fun business card alternative that I like to do.
These are business rocks, made from lake stones.

Step 1: Find a Beach or River

Find a beach or river where you can collect small flat stones.
Be sure to have permission to take stones if it's on private property, and only take stones from places where you're permitted to.

Step 2: Prep the Stones

Clean 'em with soap water, then dry them. It's not that complicated.

Step 3: Make It a Business Rock!

Use a fine tipped sharpie and write out all the information you'd normally give out on a business card. I usually put my name, phone number and email address.

Step 4: Thoughts

This is a fun and creative way to hand out contact information. People aren't going to forget this very easily if you give them one.
One downside is that they don't fit in wallets. An upside, on the other hand, is that no one else has business cards like these!


mrsthursday made it! (author)2011-10-10

that's rockin'

cobalt420 made it! (author)2011-07-18

found one

just kiding,

can you go to the launch it chalenge and vote for my basebal launcher!!!


Dream Dragon made it! (author)2010-10-06

I think the key is, they're not little business card shaped pieces of card, anything unusual and creative is bound to attract more attention and therefore more buisness. Well Done.

triciab1212 made it! (author)2010-10-03

I <3 lake Michigan

LilPurpleCow made it! (author)2010-06-13

Lol sucks if you have bad handwriting, though. And maybe it was a bad idea to put this up since now you're not the only one who does it... Haha liking the idea of throwing them randomly for people to find. Nice 'ible.

bassclarinet23 made it! (author)2010-04-04

Or you can scatter them for advertisement!

Lithium Rain made it! (author)2009-04-07

SHARPIE!! This is awesome! Five stars and faved.

dfedde made it! (author)2008-08-30

and if your clients don't like you they have a rock to throw at you

PeaceRabit made it! (author)PeaceRabit2009-01-27

very true

halo99 made it! (author)2008-10-23

hi uh... i found one these on the beach the other day when i was boarding! but instead of it just lying there, i saw the wave bring it in towerd me! very wierd! and instead of buisness stuff on it it just said i hate the ocean!! lol!

drinkmorecoffee made it! (author)drinkmorecoffee2008-10-23

Interesting. If it was in the ocean it probably isn't one of mine. All mine went in lake Michigan. I have written random things on them before, but usually just my email address. Still waiting on a reply.... from anyone. :-)

halo99 made it! (author)halo992008-10-24

oh yah! i found another one today! this time it said now i hate people... lol!

GorillazMiko made it! (author)2008-09-03

You can do this, and put them back on the beach. When peopl efind them... :O

drinkmorecoffee made it! (author)drinkmorecoffee2008-09-04

As a matter of fact I've done that.

UberPug made it! (author)2008-03-23

alternatively you can just spray paint a few boulders and leave them outside your ofice; Please Take One!


Please take ONLY ONE...

Jawatech made it! (author)Jawatech2008-07-26

LOL Nice

corey_caffeine made it! (author)2008-07-14

are they still good for breeding?
rock breeding

last_decoy made it! (author)2008-06-28

sweet idea!! have you thought about cutting one side flat and pollishing it? mate of mine runs an earth moving company n he will love this one! cheers!

Rishnai made it! (author)2008-05-28

I feel the insatiable need to make a stencil now.... This is unique enough that someone is sure to remember you: good for business if you have a lot of cometition.

UltraMagnus made it! (author)2008-05-10

now all we need is for someone to make an instructable for a printer that can print on stones!

Tool Using Animal made it! (author)2008-03-20

Neat idea, I'd have to have my wife do the penmanship, or it'd be illegible.

brainwise made it! (author)brainwise2008-03-21

What about some form of ink-stamping? True, it would only work for really flat surfaces; however, you would get uniform results that are easily duplicated.

Tool Using Animal made it! (author)Tool Using Animal2008-03-21

or how about a flexible mask and sand blasting?


yeah... now you have a whole business instead of just a business card

drinkmorecoffee made it! (author)drinkmorecoffee2008-03-20

Yeah, I ought to have someone else do mine. You can see why. :)

Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2008-03-21

Maybe print or stencil them on?

Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2008-03-21

Oh! Use a laser-cutter to etch it in (really flat stones only).

Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2008-03-21

Or a fine grinding tip on a dremel.

megatherian made it! (author)2008-03-20

Wonderful idea, especially if you are in the window pane business... "Hi, I just got home to find my window has been smashed in and found your business card amongst the rubble..." ;)

drummonkey92 made it! (author)drummonkey922008-03-22

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahaahahahahaahahahahahahahaha (seriously tho...i mite try that)

Mr. Rig It made it! (author)2008-03-22

The really cool part of this is: if you want to get your business card to someone but can't get into their building because of security you can just chuck it through their window. Someone will be sure to contact you :)

Ward_Nox made it! (author)2008-03-21

cool idea the exicution needs a bit of work

brainwise made it! (author)2008-03-21

Great concept! Faved and +1.

stevehyde made it! (author)2008-03-21

This is "simply" great! :-)

gmjhowe made it! (author)2008-03-21

Nice one! being a graphic designer i love wyrd wonderful business cards. "would u like my stone?"

LinuxH4x0r made it! (author)2008-03-20

Maybe you could laser cut them. Good idea though

GorillazMiko made it! (author)2008-03-20

Another great Instructable! I should have thought of this.. Nice job, I might try it out, it's so easy!

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