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Make A Playing Card-themed USB Drive

Please be kind, this is my first Instructable. Enjoy! :)

Tired of your boring, old USB Drive? Most of them aren't that creatively colored; black and white are the usual colors used to design these handy devices. Be tired no more! In this easy tutorial, I will show you how to make a USB drive that looks nicer and more creative, using a single playing card of your choice.

Below are pictures of what your USB will look like in the end.
 
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Step 1: Materials Needed

Picture of Materials Needed
What you will need:
1. A USB Drive (also know as a flash drive, zip drive, thumb drive, etc.)
2. Scissors
3. Hot glue gun / glue sticks
4. Deck of cards
5. A simple pen
6. Paper
7. Paper clip (optional, will be used for the loop on the end)

Altogether, this project should cost about $30 (counting scissors, glue gun, cards, pen and paper)

Prepare all your supplies on a level surface, and prepare to begin!

Step 2: Remove the USB drive's case

This is possibly the simplest step.

Take the USB drive, and open it, so that the circuit board and computer connector are showing, as shown in the picture below. Remove the case, and discard it if you'd like to, since it won't be needed. Be careful when handling the circuit board of the drive, it has a few fragile parts.

The USB drive pictured is an Attache brand, it cost about $20, but I bought it a couple of years ago. USB drives were still pretty pricey then, and are much cheaper now. The second picture is what the Attache looked like.

Also, the circuit boards will vary in colors, some are red, some are blue, but mine was green.
martinl5383 years ago
INSTEAD OF PAPER CLIP I USED A HOOK FROM AN OLD NECKLACE
martinl5383 years ago
thanks dude mine looks great
USB PIC.jpg
DrCoolSanta4 years ago
I liked this instructable, voting it up and faving it too. I am planning to do this soon, I have a pendrive, of whose case I have broken and i need to find a new one to use it. My question is, won't the card material get spoilt and dirty? Also can something like epoxy be used as an alternative, I don't have any glue guns, even though I want one, I don't think I would ever be allowed to use one. You should try using sand paper and / or acetone to smoothen the edges, that should do it.
cooperkevin95 (author)  DrCoolSanta4 years ago
Yes, I have thought about the whole "card getting dirty" thing. The playing cards I used had a plastic coating over them, so that may help a little. Unless you dropped like some food on them or something, I think it will stay pretty clean. I'm not sure about epoxy, you could try it out on some cards first, and if it works, use it. I thought about using sandpaper, infact, I'll do that this afternoon. The only thing I am worried about is the fact that the card edges will get frayed a bit. Oh well.
this is a good idea ...let me know how it goes will you... Thnx for spending time to contribute to helping out the community! miss.codie :D
It probably depends on how careful you are with the thumbdrives
fireruler124 years ago
how would you make a cap for this too?
bedazzelgal4 years ago
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ChrysN4 years ago
That looks great, it's smart to add a loop on the end.