Wednesday, May 29, 2013

What's a Rolo?

In the comments for my April tag post, my good friend Okie Dog asked an excellent question: "what's a rolo?"

Until a few months ago, only one thing came to mind when I heard the word:

But now I have a new answer for that question: Rolos are altered rolodex cards.  I'm not sure who first had the idea to make art out of rolodex cards, but it's a fantastic one, because you can just pop them into a holder to keep them organized, and flip through whenever you want!

Rolodex cards come in a few basic sizes: 2.25x4" seems to be the most commonly traded size, but I've also seen 3x5" and 4x6".  Different sizes have their notches spaced differently, so different-sized cards require different holders.  For this reason, many traders will start with only one holder and trade for that size.  (I trade 2.25x4".)

Here are some examples of rolos I've made so far:

Other examples are in my Gallery.  :-)  You can also search for them on Google Image and Flickr.

Interested in giving altered rolos a shot?  Come join us on Swap-Bot!  In fact, I'm currently hosting a rolo swap that's open to newbies. *hint, hint*

'Til next time!



  1. Those are darling, Liz! Especially like the very first one, sooo cute! I have been looking for a rolodex for a while. Not the watch, ha. Not fervently, but when I go to thrift stores, seems they are hard to come by. Looks like cool fun! thanks for the heads up.

  2. Oh, neat! Adding this to my "gotta make these someday" list!