Movable Record Player Greeting Card From a Floppy Disk





Introduction: Movable Record Player Greeting Card From a Floppy Disk

The actual disk part of an old 3.5" floppy disk looks suspiciously like a record, doesn't it? It only takes a few minutes to turn one into this personalized turntable greeting card. The best part is that the card is assembled with brads so the record spins and the player arm moves, too. Perfect for audiophiles and geeks alike.

Step 1: Assemble Your Materials

For this project you'll need:

- an old 3.5" floppy disk
- a flathead screwdriver
- scissors
- hole punches
- blank greeting cards or cardstock to make your own
- small brads
- cardstock or corrugated paper for the record player arm
- embellishment items: stamps, collage paper, glue stick, etc.

If you don't have 3.5" floppy disks of your own, try a local second-hand store. In the Portland, OR, area both SCRAP and Free Geek usually have them for 25 cents or less apiece.

Step 2: Free the Disk!

Start by busting into the floppy disk. Pull off the protective flap and slide the screwdriver between the plastic sides and twist to pop the disk case open. Try to avoid marring the disk inside with the screwdriver.

At this point I always remember past teachers' admonishments to never! touch! the disk!

Ha! I'm touching the disk!

After you've broken it open, you'll be left with several parts of the floppy disk case that are not used in this Instructable. All you need right now is the round, magnetic disk. You can use the other bits to make something else.

Step 3: Lay Out the Card

Lay the disk on the card and mark spots in the middle of the disk and where the arm of the record player will be located.

Step 4: Punch the Card

Punch small holes where you made the marks in the last step. You can use a narrow punch like this one, a darning needle, or whatever else you have handy.

Step 5: Attach the Record

Attach the disk to the card with a brad. I like to punch a larger circle of paper to go between them, but it's not required.

Step 6: Attach the Player Arm

Cut a thin strip of corrugated paper or cardstock to be the arm of the turntable. Punch a small hole in one end and attach it with the second brad.

Step 7: Personalize Your Card

Now decorate the card however you like. I tend to favor silly music-themed puns cut from old magazines, but maybe that's just me.

Step 8: Share the Love

You're done! Now go give the card to someone.

Oh, and if you come up with other cool uses for the leftover disk parts, please mention them in the comments here or on my blog.



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    What would make this VERY cool project even cooler, would be to go and get a few (one for each card, you need) cards that have the circuitry within them to play back something you've recorded on them (by pressing the right mini button and speaking, or playing music). I have seen them in some discount stores, so they can be had for cheap - around a $1 or 2 (compared to buying a Radio Slack voice module that is both too big and way too expensive, and really doesn't sound good either, for nearly $20).

    You could then use the activating strip from the bought card AND the voice recorder/playback module in your card and the record would sound like it plays ;-)

    Good suggestion. I didn't realize there were record-your-own versions available. Thanks for the tip.

    The only drawback is time. If you have only a few (5-10) passwords, they may fit, otherwise one would have to have more than one or try to find a small digital voice recorder circuit that records more. Radio Shack, at one time, sold the chip and you could build a small circuit around it; but they no longer sell that, and the kit they now sell isn't worth buying, unless you don't mind adding an amplifier circuit to the thing. :-)

    Hey guys, imagine a gramophone player, but in reverse. I made a smaller gramophone recorder and used an old Mc donald's windup toy as the power source by talking (loudly) into the cone. The vibrations travel down the cone to the needle (slightly sharpened) and become etchings on the floppy disk. Still writing the instructable, will be up soon!

    wow, always wondered how i could do this !!!!! please post!!!

    WOW!.that is amazing

    this is awesome I am gonna do one!