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Floppy Disk Planter

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Floppy disk planters are a great way to use old floppy disks that you may have lying around.  They are made simply from floppies glued together to form a cube and adding a liner on the inside.
 
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Step 1: Materials:

  • Six floppy disks per planter
  • Plastic bottle or yogurt container (this will be the inside liner)
  • Plant
  • Gravel  (optional)
  • Activated charcoal (optional)

Tools:

  • Glue
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors/knife/Dremel
  • Pencil
  • Clothespins/clips
  • Adhesive remover (if necessary)

Step 2: Prepare disks

Gather together your floppy disks, you might want to check if there are any important files saved on them.  Mine where backup disks from a 386 that I had years ago. 

Remove the labels.  I found that the labels came off easily but the adhesive left behind proved to be more difficult, this is not surprising considering that the labels where probably affixed some time in the 90's.  Adhesive remover is useful here.

If you have floppies in different colours arrange them in an aesthetically pleasing way to form a cube.  I only had blues, greys and blacks and a couple of pretty green ones, so this is what I came up with. I suppose it would be possible to paint them too to make the planter more colourful.

Step 3: Glue disks to form a box

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Apply glue to one edge of a disk and place against the edge of second disk perpendicularly forming a corner.   Repeat with the other disks creating a box.  Make sure that the corners are aligned and form ninety degree angles. Then glue on the bottom piece and allow to dry.

If you follow the way I glued the disks (see images below) the box will have a longer length than width.  This will allow the bottom and top pieces of the cube to fit better since floppy disks are not perfectly square. 
Jent133 years ago
I was just wondering what type of plant is that in the pictures? cause it look like a really cool viney one.
ChrysN (author)  Jent133 years ago
Yes, I really like it, though I picked up at a grocery store for $1.99, the tag just said it was tropical but didn't give it's name.
M.C. Langer3 years ago
I love your planters, Chrys! You have my vote!!!!
ChrysN (author)  M.C. Langer3 years ago
Thanks (I voted for yours too)!
Thanks!!! JOIN ME, CHRYSN. TOGETHER, WE WILL RULE THE GARDEN!!!!
Ivriniel3 years ago
These would also make cute desktop containers for pens and whatnot. 
ChefZombie3 years ago
I love the idea, but how do you keep the pot from overflowing? I don't remember catching that part in the instructable.
ChrysN (author)  ChefZombie3 years ago
Do you mean drainage.  I didn't add drainage holes in these ones but I think I will in future ones.  I would add holes in the bottom of the liner and put a saucer underneath.  For these I will have to be careful not to over water them.
Kryptonite3 years ago
Why has it taken me this long to find this!?!

5*, subbed!
ChrysN (author)  Kryptonite3 years ago
Thanks for the rating + sub!
DinaMarch3 years ago
 awesome! i can use it for my school project. thanks!!
that is so cool but i dont have any; dont u get those at office depot?? :)
ChrysN (author)  chocolate24103 years ago
You can probably still get them at computer stores though it seems a waste to buy them, can you ask friends or family is they have any old ones lying around.
Creativeman3 years ago
Who'd ever thought?   ChrysN, that's who! Great stuff, Chrys...good luck in the contest. Cman
ChrysN (author)  Creativeman3 years ago
Thanks Cman, you always say such nice things!
How well does the Weldbond adhere to the floppies?
ChrysN (author)  Tool Using Animal3 years ago
Weldbond adheres really well.  A glue gun would probably work too, but the one I have is really lousy.
Ninzerbean3 years ago
 Wonderful wonderful wonderful!
ChrysN (author)  Ninzerbean3 years ago
Thanks!
reactif83 years ago
That's lovely.
I always like to try and re-use all those old things that end up being useless for anything ever again.

Well, almost.

Thankyou.
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