Pin book uses flexible bound paper to create a tidy space for storing little things.

Step 1: Materials & Tools


1 Case bound magazine, not stapled!
1 Rubber band, or 2 if you're feeling adventurous.


1 Metal ruler
1 X-acto knife, with a spare blade or two if you have it.
1 Pen/marker
1 Cutting mat (not pictured)
1 Drafting triangle (optional)

Step 2: Mark the bind

Measure and mark  a line running parallel to the binding edge. This measurement will determine the height of your book. Next, break up the space you just created along the binding into even sections. This measurement will determine the width.  I used a 1" measurement for my height, and a 2" measurement for my width to yield five 1" x 2" sections. 

Step 3: Cut the block...nice and easy

Use your metal ruler and X-acto knife to cut the long line running parallel to the binding edge. Depending on the thickness of your magazine it will probably take between 10 -15 passes to get all the way through. Just take it nice and easy and you'll be through in no time. Once you've made the long cut you can go ahead and cut the smaller sections out, one at a time, nice and easy.

*The remaining unbound portion of your magazine may now be recycled, used as mailer packaging, or rolled up for use as a toy telescope.

Step 4: Band the bits

Use a rubber band or two to join the individual sections you just cut out into a flexible block. 

Step 5: Book it

Store some little things. Pins, needles, paper clips, push pins, memos, business cards, guitar picks...etc, etc.
<p>this is very nice, great idea</p>
I've tryed but mine is dirty : (
Hmm. Try popping in a fresh blade and giving it another go. It's surprising how much of a difference this can make.
Yes I've re-tryed and it's now clean thanks !
I just made one for my xacto knife blades, but I used a zip-tie in place of the rubber band, and tied it onto the edge of my work self so I have easy access. I wonder if this could be made on a larger scale with cardboard for files, knives, knitting needles, pens, pencil, brushes, what have you.
I was actually inspired by knife blocks while I was coming up with the design so it was cool to read about your use with X-acto blades. I like your mod with the zip tie and I have a few ideas for experimenting in a larger scale as well. Thanks for the comment!
This is great! Looks awesome too. :D
That look great , I'm gonna try
Oh, this has given me an idea!

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