Picture of CD sleeve from outdated electronics
Using a old computer keyboard you can make a thin sleeve to protect your CD or DVD from damage. Inside computer keyboards is a thin, flexible, and sturdy membrane with printed circuits on it. Older keyboards tend to have prettier colors and designs in my experience. If you have upgraded to a USB keyboard or one with a bunch of fancy function keys and can not find a taker for your old keyboard, grab a small screwdriver and see what's inside.

Making a few sleeves like this could be combined to make a retro CD wallet. Adding a "jacket" made from an old 5 1/4 inch floppy diskette gives the newer disc even more protection and also makes your CD protection quite similar to the old familiar albums.

Use of this project should attribute credit to Ryan "Zieak" McFarland and direct a link to zieak.com in addition to this Instructable.

Step 1: Gather materials

Picture of Gather materials
You will need just a few items to make at least one of the sleeves. Depending on the keyboard you may have enough circuit sheets for up to three compact discs.

  • Keyboard
  • Screwdriver
  • Utility knife or hobby knife
  • Cutting board
  • A square
  • Clear packing tape
  • 5 1/4" floppy disk (optional)
TSC5 years ago
I made one of  these before I saw This!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
rimar20006 years ago
Or "how protect outdated stuff with other outdated stuff" ;-) Good work.
zieak (author)  rimar20006 years ago
So true! I admit that i do still use DVDs though.
ReCreate zieak6 years ago
DVDs? They aren't outdated...
Ill tell ya whats outdated,Those 5 1/2Inch floppies are outdated!
H3xx ReCreate5 years ago
But they make some bitchin' Frisbies!! :D
ReCreate H3xx5 years ago
:D yeah
H3xx ReCreate5 years ago
a good project (probably impossible though) would be to take a 5.25 floppy drive and get it to read bluray discs. this way you can make your own bluray umds. I would love this, because umds have the best of both worlds when it comes to cartridges and disks. they hold large amounts of data, and can be tossed around without fear of being scratched. and using cheap plastic would make them cheaper than flash drives, so you could give em' away like burnt cds.
ReCreate H3xx5 years ago
It would be very near impossible...(unless you are a manufacturer...)
diydept6 years ago
Modernizely ,well done 5*
rosquillo6 years ago
What a wonderful retro look! Thanks for the idea!
I like it. Cool idea, and what a great use for those old floppys.