Pi Zero W Tic Tac Case





Introduction: Pi Zero W Tic Tac Case

This instructable shows how to make a cheap, simple, and effective case for a Raspberry Pi Zero W using a Tic Tac container. For those wanting a low or zero cost option to house their Pi Zeros, this design can be extremely useful for giving the board more protection and better portability. Follow along and you'll see how easy it is to create this DIY case.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

You will need the following:

  • A Tic Tac container ( 1oz / 29g Standard USA Size )
  • Goo Gone ( Optional )
  • Pi Zero W ( Or Pi Zero )
  • Gloves to protect your fingers and hands
  • Sharp Knife / Box Cutter / Exacto or similar ( Careful! )

Step 2: Clean Up the Tic Tac Container

After peeling off the label use Goo Gone or hot water to remove the Tic Tac residue from the container. Wash the container afterwards in warm water and dry the case very thoroughly before proceeding.

Step 3: Prepare the Lid

Remove the lid unit from the container and carefully cut the bottom section of it off while wearing gloves to protect your hands. Also, remove the bottom inside ring edge section from the lid closest to the fold so that the micro sd card won't press against it later.

Step 4: Ready the Container Body

Place your Pi into the body of the unit as shown and mark with your blade where you will need access holes for the Usb Power, Usb OTG, and Mini HDMI ports. Then remove the Pi and cut out the sections you just marked while wearing gloves. It helps to score the lines you made a couple of times deeper each time instead of just pushing through the plastic all in one go.

Step 5: Assemble

Put your Pi back into the body of the container. Push the lid into place while taking care to make sure that the flap lid hole rests freely above the micro sd card without putting pressure on it. You are finished! Connect any cords that you desire through the access holes and you will be up and running with your new case. The micro sd card is accessible through the lid flap without having to remove the whole lid assembly.

Feel free to leave comments or suggestions for improvements below. I'd love for this design to be improved further by the community.



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The North American tic tac boxes must be larger than here in South East Asia and the lid different. It is not at all possible to fit a Raspberry pi W into a tic tac box here and the SD card slot is not accessible either. Here the boxes are 14.5 grammes

Ah that is too bad. Thanks for the comment, I have updated the parts list to specify the size of the tic tac container.

Same goes for UK tic tac boxes. We get 16g boxes that are way too short for this. :/

That being said this instructable has encouraged me to look for a similar container to do the same thing, so I still got something useful out of it. :)

There seems to be some wiggle room inside the container. For a little extra money, you could use the "indoor mounting tape". It's basically double-sided tape with a foam core to make it easy to squish into place.

I absolutely LOVE the instructable and your suggestion. My question is what about static discharge? Are these designed to withstand this?

I found this thread on element14 pretty interesting where they talk about static and plastic cases for pi's:


I don't think that this tic tac case ( or most other plastic cases for that matter ) offer much protection at all against static discharge. Although personally, I'm not terribly worried about it, in decades of working with boards and components I've not once had a problem with it and have never taken much thought to grounding myself. Then again, I do make sure to not shuffle around the floor, or otherwise get a big charge going on before handling anything.

Especially for a $10 pi like this I think the benefits of a cheap plastic case of any sort far outweigh any possible negatives compared to having it totally open to the elements. Makes it harder to crush, drip anything on, some protection from dust and other falling things, etc.

Great comment!

Thank you so much. :)

You're the one with the great comment.

I remember back in college when we were taking TTL & CMOS. TTL, we were told, could hand static. CMOS on the other hand (most chips we used were CMOS) was what we used as an excuse to why our circuits didn't work. :D

Again, thank you for the explanation.

Thanks for this great suggestion! That being said, I'm surprised at how little room the board has to wiggle in there.

I wonder how long it will be until food packaging manufacturers actually install SBC/Micro-controllers into their products?

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