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A Nintendo DS (Phat) holder made out of Duck Tape. It also holds four games! I was inspired by seeing many other Duck Tape inventions on the internet and being too mean to fork out for a DS holder.

For this instructable, you will need;

One roll of Duck Tape
Sharp craft knife
Metal ruler
Scissors
Cutting surface
Nintendo DS Phat
Some DS games (4 or 8)
Some time

Go easy on me guys and gals, this is my first instructable!
 
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Step 1: Main body

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To make the main part of the holder, you will need to stick two pieces of "duck fabric" together. We make this by sticking pieces of duck tape together, overlapping by about a centimeter. You can do this sticky side up, but I find it far easier to stick it down to my cutting surface. A clean cutting board you can get from most art/stationery shops is good for this. Mine came with a couple of sharp cutting knives as well.

Cut off several pieces of duck tape and stick them to your cutting board, so that you have a square that is 31cm x 22cm. Then cut back two strips from the top, 3cm x 11cm as shown in the diagram. Once you have done this, carefully peel the whole thing off you cutting board, and set it aside.

Repeat the same procedure, only this time you need a square 37cm x 22cm. At one end, trim the corners 3cm in from the corner point on the top and side, and on the other end, 6cm in from the top and side of the corner, as shown in the second diagram. Again, carefully peel the whole thing off the cutting board.

Now comes the tricky part. You need to align these two pieces, sticky sides facing and stick them together smoothly. The widest parts of both pieces should align; the narrowest end of the first piece should dissect the longer trimmed corner pieces as shown in the third diagram. Be very careful here; once duck tape meets duck tape sticky side, nothing will part it!!! This is the most crucial stage.

With your knife, make a cut along the sticky part of the second fabric, 11cm down from where the corners meet, so that you can fold it over the first piece. Fold over the left and right ends and smooth down. If you make a better job than me, it will look nice and neat!

Step 2: Mould to the DS

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Next, lay your DS on the main body you have just created. The game boy slot edge of your DS should align with the 11cm down strips we took out as shown in the diagram. It should also be in the middle!

Next, fold up the bottom section of the main body of your DS. It should be snug, but not too tight. Holding the DS in place, you should press down on the upperside of the main body and bring yup the bottom corner, as if you were wrapping a square box. The bottom edge you have pulled up should align with the 11cm in trimmed edge. Fold in the bottom corner, making sure its well tucked in like in the second picture. Then bring up the outer edge and press it flat against the other side. Smooth down the folds, and make sure you are happy with the fit. Let it relax back.

Cut a piece of duck tape the length of the outer section you folded in. Now, repeat the step you just did, and stick down the outer piece with the duck tape you just cut. It should look like the third picture.

Repeat the same for the other side. It should be a little easier now you have one side completed. Make it snug, but not so much that its a struggle to get your DS in and out! It should now look like the final picture. As you can see, we now have a reasonable duck tape case for our DS. But what is a DS without games? Lets carry on and add some game cases now to finish the job.

Step 3: Add those game cases!

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You'll be tempted to leave at this. Don't! With just a little more effort, we can add space for four more games in there, or even eight if you need them.

Roll out a strip of duck tape, 8cm long, 5cm wide. My roll was 5cm wide, so yours probably will be too. Slice this strip down the middle, so you have two pieces 8cm long, 2.5cm wide.

Take one of the strips, and fold it around a DS game cartridge, sticky side out. Not too tightly, as you don't want to be struggling with those little suckers when you need a Mario Kart fix. About a 2mm overlap seemed to be ok.

Next, trim 2cm off the height of the remaining duck tape piece, and then fold this around the existing duck tape on your DS cartridge, sticky side to sticky side. Make sure you line it up nicely! You'll notice you have a small strip of stick on the back. This is intentional!

Now, just to make things neat, cut a small strip of duck tape 5cm long and the width of a DS game. I found this to be around 3.2cm wide. Stick to the inside front of the little holder we've just created, about 2mm in, stick down the front and then fold over the remainder onto itself, flush to the holder. The idea is to fold this remainder over to make a base for the holder which won't stick to your DS games! The fourth picture shows this much better than I've described it. Fold it over to stick to the rear of the game holder. You should be able to slot a DS game in and out easily in this.

Step 4: Without a flap, they'll fall out!

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Now we need to create a little flap to keep those babies in.

Cut a strip to measure 3.2cm x 7cm. This will form the inside of the flap.

Next, cut a strip to measure 5cm x 5cm. Cut off one end of the corners, 1cm in from top and side.

Now stick the smaller piece to the one with the trimmed corners, stick side to sticky side. The smaller piece will be in the middle of the larger piece (First picture). The trimmed corners won't be aligned exactly, so with your knife, trim the corners so they meet the corner points of the smaller piece, as in the second picture. Then fold over all the edges so there are no sticky sides showing. We now have a flap! (Second picture)

Fold in the top edge to your game holder, and stick the bottom to the back edge where the sticky side it still exposed. You should now have a nice little game holder (last picture) with a flap and a little bit of sticky exposed to position it on your DS case.

Make another four!

Step 5: Secure the games

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Now we have four game holders, its time to secure them to the DS game case flap.

Take a strip of duck tape, just a little less longer than all four game cases, and fold it over on itself so that the sticky side is exposed. Use a few millimeters to stick it to itself, and then stick to the top cover flap in the middle, about half a centimeter from the end (first picture).

Stick all four game holders to this strip, the bottom of the game holders aligned to the end of the flap and all flush together with no gaps, as in the second picture. Then, stick a piece of duck tape to the underside of the top flap, with around 4cm extra to either end, and about half the width beyond the end of the top flap.

With your knife, trim the piece you just added as shown in the third picture. The cuts should be aligned with the edge of the flap, and the edges of the outer game holders.

Fold in the side flaps, making sure you tuck them in snugly to the outer game holders (fourth picture), then fold up the bottom flap, again making sure its all snug (fifth picture).

Step 6: That's all folks!

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And we're done! The weight of the games keeps the flap down, and it all looks pretty sweet. You should also be able to slide in a spare stylus into the inside of the holder down one of the sides (second picture). Don't push it in too far or you might not be able to get it out!

Now dig out that Mario Kart game and get racing!

If the instructions get worse towards the end, I blame the gin and tonics I drank in celebration of my first instructable!
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jgarcia-43 years ago
can you make one with the ds lite?
reclusivemonkey (author)  jgarcia-43 years ago
Sorry I don't have a DS Lite or the time any more. You should be able to use this method with a DS Lite, just use different measurements.
blah424 years ago
Yeah,
someone else who actually uses the old ds
ahmad21174 years ago
i made one of these but i used 2 squares of tape
one long (body)
the other one short (pocket for ds)
ahmad21174 years ago
is there a design for ds lite?
halolord6 years ago
I am still wondering if you can send this instructable to me thanks.
reclusivemonkey (author)  halolord6 years ago
Sorry, I have no idea what you mean.
hes asking to mail you one of these.
noes6 years ago
Hi, great instructable. You might want to add a little magnet to the flap (will probably fit nicely between the card holders and a small piece of metal (make sure it sticks to the magnet!) to the Gameboy side of the casing. If this is done while making the cover, it will be quite sturdy and will close your case nicely! I don't own a gameboy (and probably never will) but it sure is a nice case! Good job, hope you get something good out of my advice!
caityjay noes5 years ago
I personally don't trust magnets near my electronics- I don't know enough about what will or won't hurt them to take the risk! But I was envisioning a nifty duct tape buckle. Would look cool, and help it stay closed! Must get pretty colored duct tape.... :D SWEET 'ible, by the way; very well done!
I've had magnets near my DS before (accidentally) and all it seems to do is make it think it's closed...no promises though. I doubt a small magnet would/could hurt anything.
just save youself the danger and use adheseve velcro!
samyboyster5 years ago
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samyboyster5 years ago
this is so sweet! 1 q, how many games can it hold?
JakeTobak8 years ago
Very nice. One thing though, it's Duct Tape, not Duck Tape.
Although I think there is a Duck Tape brand Duct Tape.
I searched Google a bit to make sure I was right and found an interesting article you may be interested in:
http://www.octanecreative.com/ducttape/duckvsduct.html
reclusivemonkey (author)  JakeTobak8 years ago
Thanks for the comments guys. Jake, my tape is most certainly "Duck Tape"! Maybe its a US/UK thing. I read the link you posted some time ago to resolve an argument at work :-)
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duck tape doesn't stick as well as duct tape, and it's stiffer. That may actually make it better for what you used it for, because it has less gummy stuff that comes off the edges during use.
they are the same thing... only i think DUCK tape makes more colors!..yay!(i love the duck tape festival!)
ugh...forgot great inscructable..and woot for nds PHAT!!
zitz steed11726 years ago
yes phat nds I have mario kart special edition
sorry to jump in so late, but the tape was originally called "duck" tape by GI's in WW2 because it was waterproof. and ,to be perfectly honest, i haven't a clue why it became "duct" tape. it sucks when using it with duct work.
I know this comment is several months late... Duck Tape is just a brand of duct tape. That's why there's a TM mark following the "Duck".
trade marked *sorry for answering so late*
I'll proly be making one for my DSi (wen I get one)
Awesome Instructable and your case is very awesome
Thanks very much =]
Etch36 years ago
You did great on your first instructable! Now i can make ds cases for my friends
diddumz6 years ago
Way cool, I love Duct tape. Noes tip on a little magnet is a great idea. Gonna try and get some multicoloured tape and go duct tape crazy later.
great instructable!!! I modified it really good. i will post it on how to make it soon
You can also just place the 2nd layer of duct tape over the 1st, which eliminates having to risk putting it down wrong.
totallytape6 years ago
Woah, very cool. It's nice to see something new made out of Duck Tape besides wallets! :-) Do you happen to have an iPod? I have free instructions on how to make an iPod case on my site. Check it out! http://www.totallytape.com
great instructable!!! i made it and it worked well and i modded it abit better
amakerguy6 years ago
nice ible' i have mario kart its probably the best DS game out there.
LUCKY, you have Mario Kart!. nice instructable.
halolord6 years ago
can you send this to me please it would make a great Christmas gift [ halolord ] thanks
cr7kid6 years ago
dude can i do it with painters tape or magic tape
reclusivemonkey (author)  cr7kid6 years ago
Hmm, I'm not sure of the properties of those tapes. I am guessing painters is stiff; this won't work. If magic tape is a cloth based tape, then it will work, as will any cloth based tape.
k thanks
Im confused with the instructions on steps 3 and 4. Could somebody please help me out?
Flumpkins7 years ago
Looks too "neat". Awww.... I mean like it isn't sloppery 1 bit and stuff. 5/5 and fav!
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