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Turn your old disks into a fancy box for the desk I had so many leftover floppy disk for which I don't even have a disk drive anymore. This idea turned out to be really useful, that's why I share it with you.

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  • How to make a pencil pot. Upcycled Floppy Disks ~ Box - Step 1
    Step 1

    I recommend the Crop-a-Dile, that’s a big hole punch and eyelet setting tool. For the box, choose the smaller punch size.

  • How to make a pencil pot. Upcycled Floppy Disks ~ Box - Step 2
    Step 2

    Take four disks and punch holes where the arrows in my picture point to the small round indentions. On the other edge, put the little square switch to “write protected”, then you’ll have two holes in the disk without even punching :D

  • How to make a pencil pot. Upcycled Floppy Disks ~ Box - Step 3
    Step 3

    Attach the disks to each other by inserting the cable ties by threading them through the holes. The fasteners should be positioned inside the resulting box.

  • How to make a pencil pot. Upcycled Floppy Disks ~ Box - Step 4
    Step 4

    When you pull the cable ties tight, one disk should sit on the other in a right angle.

  • How to make a pencil pot. Upcycled Floppy Disks ~ Box - Step 5
    Step 5

    That’s what it looks like from the inside. You can cut off the excess plastic with your scissors.

  • How to make a pencil pot. Upcycled Floppy Disks ~ Box - Step 6
    Step 6

    Here’s a diagram (representing a view from above) how the disks should be attached to each other.

  • How to make a pencil pot. Upcycled Floppy Disks ~ Box - Step 7
    Step 7

    Now you can attach the bottom. Turn your box around and lay the fifth disk on top. Now take the sharpie and mark two points close to the edge where you’ll punch the holes. Some disks have small indentions (as can be seen in the next picture) which you can take as an orientation. On the disks which you’ll affix the bottom disk to, mark two points like shown in the picture.

  • How to make a pencil pot. Upcycled Floppy Disks ~ Box - Step 8
    Step 8

    Don’t punch too close to the edge or the plastic will split. Punch the holes into the box as well.

  • How to make a pencil pot. Upcycled Floppy Disks ~ Box - Step 9
    Step 9

    Here you can see where the holes for the bottom should be punched.
    Attach the bottom to the walls of the box in the same manner as before, leaving the ends of the cable ties inside the box. Cut off excess ties with scissors.

  • How to make a pencil pot. Upcycled Floppy Disks ~ Box - Step 10
    Step 10

    Done! these boxes are quite large and offer space for big office tools like staplers.
    So how do you like it? I’m looking forward to your comments :D

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Carol L.
Carol L.

i have so many floppy discs waiting to be up-cycled into something.. i think i will try adding some duck-tape with cool designs and colors.. thanks for the idea!!!

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Anke A.
Anke A. · Wernau, Stuttgart, Germany · 15 projects

Thanks for all the faves and the comments :)

What I like most about the boxes is what's written on the labels. Things like "Installation Disk 1 of 4" crack me up...

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WitchArachne
WitchArachne · Wollongong, NSW, Australia · 3 projects

OK that's cool! I have plenty of floppy disks lying around that I just couldn't throw out due to geeky nostalgia. Now I know what I can do with them :D

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PIN-UP ^alex^
PIN-UP ^alex^ · sylmar, California, United States · 20 projects

how clever! i hadn't seen a floppy disk in years! i remeber when i used to save my school work in these instead of a USB... god i feel old lol <3

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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North-Holland, Netherlands · 108 projects

i have seen more of this, but never a real good tute, sooo thank for your great tute, i have that same tool too, i love him so i can make the box now too;-D
only finding some time;-D
thank you for sharing this;-D!!!!

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Rebecca a.
Rebecca a.

Love this! Im so making this for my dad!

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