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Maybe I've spent too much time at Instructables World Headquarters, but I woke up this morning with a sudden urge to make myself a pocket protector.

Upon seeing how cool my pocket protector was, everyone else at Instructables requested that I make some for them.

In short, making your own pocket protector will turn you into a very popular person.

Disclaimer: Melting vinyl or plastic may be toxic and should be done in a well-ventilated area. Do this at your own risk.

Step 1: Go get stuff

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You will need...

- a 3-ring binder with a vinyl cover (as pictured)
- or a vinyl term paper cover

- a plastic bag sealer
- or a soldering iron and some wax paper

- a laser cutter
- or ink jet printer
kmeindl mason7 months ago

These instructions are the WORST!!! Holy Cow!!!!

trebuchet038 years ago
I'm totally gonna pimp out my pocket protector.... At least some sort of blinky light :D
how bout a tiny lcd and a embedded xp machine :P
Raspberry Pi is where it's at nowadays ;)
6 yrs after the comment, haha.
No! Embedded linux! XP doesn't work so great on embedded platforms... and I think it no longer makes it "embedded", as it can then do anything...
Aww... you didn't make it out of duct tape?
randofo (author)  BobsDogHouse8 years ago
Duct tape is soooo over. Besides, gaffers tape is better for making stuff out of.
huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh? How dare you say that about duct tape oh wait that means more for me. My precious
This is awesome.
bruce.cao6 years ago
hahaha I love this, thanks randofo!! I got me thinkin of making just a faux pocket protector and wear it as an ID Badge holder (around the neck style like my company likes) I'm sure I can find a way to get a clear side in the front somehow (clear vinyl binder + iron to melt it all into 1 piece?? idk) we'll have to see but thanks for the great idea!!
randofo (author)  bruce.cao6 years ago
Just be careful when ironing it, heating vinyl can produce chlorine gas which can be lethal.
zieak6 years ago
Oh how i wish i had seen this before the "nerd rodeo" party i went to a few months back. Sigh. I had all the accessories except a pocket protector. If you think about it a nerd rodeo is about the best themed party that anyone ever thought of. I knew you'd agree.
randofo (author)  zieak6 years ago
Nerd rodeo. That sounds pretty awesome. I wish I got invited to nerd rodeos. Was there a mechanical bull?
zieak randofo6 years ago
Sadly, no. But they had a corn-on-the-cob eating contest.
Supercoke6 years ago
how do you use it in the printer?
randofo (author)  Supercoke6 years ago
I would guess to print on it, you can cut it to an 8.5" x 11" sheet (the size of normal paper) and then play with your printer material settings and just try to send it through and see what happens.
pocket protectors are super hypo nerd.why would you not want one
randofo (author)  ninja slacker8 years ago
because they're awesome.
he said why would you NOT want one, so he was complimenting it, not insulting the project
johnpojman7 years ago
Great to see someone who values pocket protectors -- "the fasion accessory of the new millenium".
Check out the world's largest webseum of pocket protectors
adamthiede8 years ago
pocket protectors are super hypo nerdo. whyd you want one?
adamthiede8 years ago
pocket protectors are hypo-nerdo. why would you want one?
Austinbwood8 years ago
Yeah.....Go gaffiers tape!!! Sweet Pocket proctector too!
canida8 years ago
When do we get our pocket protectors?
I can't wait- it will make me look totally cool.
randofo (author)  canida8 years ago
Very shortly... In a whole rainbow of colors!
Can I get one when I come over?!
randofo (author)  T3h_Muffinator8 years ago
I'll be long gone by then. Send me your middle initial and I'll work something out for you when I make everyone elses.
Awesome! It's "M", for Michael... actually, no, it stands for Muffin!
canida randofo8 years ago
Awesome. Now I just need a slide rule holster to be the ultimate in retro nerdiness.