DIY Hobo Zippo





Introduction: DIY Hobo Zippo

ever wanted a really cheap zippo case but dont want to buy one?
well then this instructable is for you on a budget of less than 5$ you can get that hobo look youve always wanted this is going to be entered in the epilogfe challeng because of its recycled components the old zippo the and card board.
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Step 1: Materials

tape (scottch and duct)

Step 2: Tape Time!

time to draw out your pattern and tape it to the card board simple as that

Step 3: Time to Cut

well I already had a zippo so I just traced it on the paper but if you don't have one it is app. 1 ' wide, a little less cut some strips to the size for later.
now it is time for the body cut out two caps and two main bodies

Step 4: More Tape!

ok so cut out the strips of card board to the same length as the sides of the lighter caseing nowit is time to mave on and tape it together then line it with foil do this to cap and the body

Step 5: So Its Lined in Foil Aye?

after the last step you must be tired right well i was cause it was 12:00 am ahhhh ok well now you take a strip of duct tape and make a "hinge" with it
this a pic of the open lighter if u imagine it closedthen wrap in one layer of tape both cap and body but do this seperatly as not to be a permanantly closed lighter repate it until you see fit, mine was three layers.

Step 6: No Zippo Parts?

well this thing could be used for other stuff to like make a normal lighter into a "zippo" by placeing it in the case and securing it
or a match holder
or a noise maker "open and close fast"
or put in side and cut a hole at the bottom and there u have it a hobo zippo



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    Right click, open in new tab... Good to see you Jonathan Seiter.

    just a suggestion:
    people can download the image and see what your name is, i suggest blurring it instead of putting notes on top, or cropping it, or putting a picture of a cat on top to keep your identity safe(r)

    not that i am acci\using anyone on instructables for identitty theft, but you know, just in case the odd internet browserer/ hacker decides it might be fun.

    good job jonathan seiter

    Is there any advantage or reason for doing this - the aesthetics could be achieved by wrapping the lighter with tape (no cardboard required)? L

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    if you wrapped it with tape you wouldnt be able to get the felt from underneath to refil it

    yes put then the tape would ruin your old one and i hadf tons of time on my hand... if you wanted to do it your way u could

    what is the point of this i mean if you have a broken zippo send it to the company and they send u a new one

    yes but did u even read this ible' its not if its broken its if u want it to look hoboish just slide it over the zippo and viola its done and u dont have the residue u would if u just wrapped it in duct tape

    So you can "ruin" your Zippo with this, then un-ruin it? Either it's good or it isn't, I don't quite understand why you'd do this if you think that putting tape on a Zippo is a bad thing? L

    well in this your not actualy placing the tape an the lighter so the resadue cant get ol over it see and what do u mean ruin iit with this

    Yes I do see it. But you could make a nicer case with e.g. leather or fabric using the same technique. I like the build, but it doesn't look good on the finish. (which is a good reason for not applying tape to the Zippo I suppose)


    Even though lighter fluid just so happens to be particularly good at removing such residues...

    percicly but thats why its called a hobo zippo cause of the qualitey lol

    Ha ha, but can hobos afford tape? I thought they smoked "old stogies they have found, short, but not too big around" and probably bummed the lights...?


    well i guess your right but i would give a hobo tape if he asked and well ya its just a metaphor i guess