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Notebook from old Floppy Disks

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I know there are several other Instructables about this using rubber band, cable ties or chain links.
This notebook is made with string and the method is different (and a bit more complicated, I admit).

After I made this I was very very proud of myself, and I wanted the world to see my creation! :-D
 
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Step 1: What you need

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-2 Floppy Disks
-1 meter of cotton string
-about 50 papers (square, 9x9cm)
-Scissors
-Darning Needle
-a Hole Punch

I was lucky! I found notebook paper at exactly the right size, and it was cheap too.
If you have to cut it, it would be good to use one of those paper cutter machine things.
I just learned they are called "paper cutters" (THANKS!). Why didn't I think of that? It was probably just too obvious :-)

This is an opportunity to recycle used paper (one side printed/written, one side blank).

Step 2:

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Punch holes into the papers.
Put the paper onto one Floppy .
Pull the string through the holes.
Align the ends of the string so they have the same length.

Step 4:

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We will finish one side first, then we do the other.

Pull one end of the string to the front and then through the second floppy

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Now things start to get interesting.
It may look a little complicated but I'll do my best to explain step by step.
I think the result is worth it, cause it's pretty neat :-)

Thread string under the long strings on the back.


Step 6:

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Pull string through the loop at the side

Step 7:

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Pull string through the 2 loops at the spine

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Repeat steps 4-7 at the other side
Pull tight, tie square knot.
This is a great idea. Thank you - I'm going to make one for my Dad :-)
sraharjo12 years ago
where did you get some of those coloured paper?
Browncoat3 years ago
I had some square paper & have made 4 of these. I'm using a dremel tool to make the holes in the paper. :)
How retro looking!
MyMenagerie3 years ago
This is a wonderful craft for children. Even though floppies hold more info than note paper, children LOVE to write down things on pads. (My house is full of them!) Thanks for the idea. As soon as I unload my floppies, we will get started!
xc10243 years ago
Hmm. Nice idea. I actually think I have a few corrupted floppies, so I may try this. Here's something I was wondering about:

The pad has 50 sheets. Each can fit about 250 characters, I think. So in total you get 12500 characters. That's 12.2 KB (12500 bytes, assuming 1 KB = 1024 bytes).
Floppy on the other hand is 1440 KB. So the floppy, as used originally is almost 120 times more space-efficient than the one that was converted as well as having additional built-in write protection.

But then, floppy drives have went out of common use since the USB flash drives took over, so they are not as future proof as note pads. You can safely say that there will be a person who reads English in 50 years time, but you can't really guarantee there will be even one working floppy drive at that time.
"...you can't really guarantee there will be even one working floppy drive at that time."

Knowing my husband, there will be at least one.

Suzanne in Orting, WA
Ours is still working! I guess we'll retire it as soon as we run out of floppies. Your husband sounds like mine. If it is electronic, he can probably fix it. :-)
Haha
not everybody is willing to change their way around things
MyMenagerie3 years ago
This is a wonderful craft idea for children! Thanks! After I remove the info from my floppies, I plan on getting started.
ob98893 years ago
Diaphane
Is it about the same size as a post it?
Diaphane (author)  ob98893 years ago
Post-its are a little smaller ( the ones I have)
My post its are 7x7,5 cm (2,5x3 in)
The papers I used are 9x9 cm (3,3x3,5 in)
SageMinto3 years ago
Very adorable! I will definitely make one of these before I go to college in the fall. They seem like notebooks I would need as a freshmen. :D
Crispie J3 years ago
the English word for one of those paper cutter machine things is a paper cutter :)
or guillotine
Lindie3 years ago
That's nice!
I make these but you a pad of Stickie Notes. They are perfect. For the paper, I used scrapbook paper scraps and decoupage the paper onto the plastic.
These are very cool, unfortunately my only floppy disks are black, I wish I had some nice colours like yours!
Diaphane (author)  gorgeous junk3 years ago
The floppy disks weren't coloured like this. They are white, light gray or black.
I just put some of the coloured paper on them with double sided sticky tape.
Mr.Sanchez3 years ago
THNKS 4 SHARE...straight to the "To do" List...
angelabchua3 years ago
awww this is awesome! An awesome gift!
ChrysN3 years ago
Nice!
randofo3 years ago
Nicely done! You should use the picture with the stack of notebooks as the main image. It's a good photo.
Diaphane (author)  randofo3 years ago
Thank you! I'll do that.