Instructables

Design and Build an MP3 Player Case with Playing Cards

Since my MP3 player turned out not to be a popular one, few companies made cases for it and not enjoying my choices, I decided to make my own. After some bad ideas, some good ideas, lots of failed and half-finished cases, I finally created one that I liked. It's made from some playing cards I got for $0.50 at Target, tape and some glue.

This type of case will not protect against drops or falling but will protect against smudges and scratches.
 
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Step 1: Practice

The first time you make this, I recommend not using the actual cards you want to use. The case produced in this tutorial is the third one I made. I also show shots of the second one I made (which is what I use.) The first one I made was shoddy and I intentionally used cards I didn't want to. This gave me a way to test the design, figure out what I was doing and get a gyst of the MP3 player's shape before moving on to later versions.

I mad ea few mistakes with the dimensions in the one I made for this tutorial. So be careful and be willing to make more than one.

Step 2: Get the Dimensions of Your MP3 Player

To do this, I put paper over it and rubbed it with a pencil so I could get a sort of drawing of the features on the MP3 player. I wrapped the whole think in paper, folded it and marked it so that I could have a flat sheet I could compare sizes of cards to.

Be careful while folding and etching. Doing it wrong makes the end result useless. Don't be afraid to try this multiple times. It's worth the effort to get it right and not mess up your finished case.
TSC4 years ago
pretty good 4stars!!!!!!
you could use a tiny strip of velcro to instead of the rubberband. but neat idea other wise
yay homesar!! i think....
bunnboarder7 years ago
tnx dude i like this idea i needed one but dont want to buy it i love mine
if you have an i-pod could you put cellophane rap over the buttons and screen so it would be water resistant and you could still use the buttons?
It's actually such a good idea, I decided to quit using the case I made and just cover my MP3 player in plastic wrap. It doubles also to make your MP3 player look extremely scratched and beaten up and undesirable to thieves and looky-loos. (I like this. It isn't sarcasm.)
Now THAT is a good idea to try. And super simple.
Cryptickley7 years ago
I want to do this with magic cards :3
stevieg7 years ago
Great Idea .. instead of the rubber band you could user those little velco taps to hold the flap down..
Fenwick7 years ago
I made one for my iPod nano. You don't have to make a hole for the click wheel, it works just fine. You just have to put something so you know where the buttons are. I used the ace of spades where the click wheel is.
That's great, I was just about submit mine that I had been working on, except I had made it for my cell phone. This case is great, it doesn't absorb water so your device is protected during a rain. If I was to suggest anything, it would be that you put in a flap at the bottom for the flip cover to fold into, like they have on cereal boxes.
Ayavaron (author)  Erik Lindemann7 years ago
I'd have done that except the flap I made wasn't long enough for me to reach it into something I could tuck it into. Plus, that'd go over where the controls are and in some of the ones I made before. You can make your MP3 player unusable if you don't make the control cover approximately uniform. The other thing I want to change is that the bottom part is the USB connector and I'd rather not cover that up. However, I also like the closed bottom so I'm not sure if I'd want to do that.