Introduction: Stylish Case for Pens or Glasses From Cardboard and Ducttape.

I get the feeling I've seen this somewhere but can't figure out where.
Anyhow .. My sweetheart was going to school and needed a case for her glasses, I didn't have one so I made one. Turned out pretty good.

Step 1: Ingredients

You will need :

1 piece of cardboard with stylish printing, I used a folder I got from some endorsement for a town.
1 pair of scissors (or is that two scissors?)
1 roll of duct-tape

Extras : a pair of glasses or the longest pen you're gonna put in.

Step 2: Measuring ..

Cut the cardboard to fit the glasses or something .. remember to roll the board rather than folding or creasing it.

Step 3: Sticky Stuff

Put the tape along one end and stick it to the other end to form a tube .. sortof.

Step 4: Seal One End

Seal one end with ducttape.
Cut off any excess tape.

Step 5: Folding

Bend one side of the opening inwards and make a round crease.
Do it on the other side of the open end as well.
This forms the lid.
Viola!

Step 6: Alternative Design ..

For a box don't tape up the cylinder .. instead make the lid-creases on both ends and tape one of those up.
Also .. contrasting colours on the ducttape, cardboard and print are nice.
Simple looks very modern I think.

Courtesy of user Patrik who made a good suggestion :
To get a cleaner crease, you can try pre-creasing it using a cylinder of some sort. Something hard and thin-walled would probably work best - you can probably find a tin can (empty or full) of just the right size.

Put your cardstock upside down (or rather outside-down) on something with a little "give", like a stack of paper or a rubber mat. Mark on the cardstock where you want the creases, line up the can with the marks, and press down hard (or even tap with a hammer, if you think your cylinder can stand it). Experiment with different diameters to see what gives the best result (it's only cardstock after all...)

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Morriscow made it! (author)2010-04-05

this forms the lid.
Vagina!

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omnibot made it! (author)omnibot2010-04-09

lol

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woelfwynde made it! (author)2009-10-12

This is called a pillowbox.

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stallionspirit8 made it! (author)2009-03-04

what it it with McDonald's apple pies?

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omnibot made it! (author)omnibot2009-03-05

They use a similar box apparently.

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jianqiang made it! (author)2009-02-02

McDonald's apple pies :)

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aeray made it! (author)2007-10-22

These type of boxes are also commonly used for cheap foam earplugs ("ear" brand). I've made quite a few boxes like this, eyeballing from a earplug box, as the dimensions and arc of the flaps is pretty forgiving. I agree with the precreasing or scoring for the flaps. Also, cutting the flaps in an arc allows the box to be folded perfectly flat when empty yet maintain its shape when closed.

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Bright Shadow made it! (author)Bright Shadow2009-02-01

I think I got a necklace in a box this.

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aeray made it! (author)aeray2007-10-29

No, I haven't posted one but I would be willing to help you refine this one after Nov. 3rd- I'm travelling until then and don't have access to my stuff. Let me know...

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omnibot made it! (author)omnibot2007-11-01

You're welcome to add anything at all. I don't think I'll be revisiting this instructable.

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omnibot made it! (author)omnibot2007-10-22

Have you posted any instructables on this? I'd hate to have made a duplicate one. I noticed to that the flap-lids are very forgiving. The hardest part is getting them to look nice coz they seem to hold things inside just fine even when shaking it quite roughly. Also the version with ducttape on one end that I made first seems better for pens and such while glasses or I-pods work better in a box with flap-lids on both ends.

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Patrik made it! (author)2007-10-22

To get a cleaner crease, you can try pre-creasing it using a cylinder of some sort. Something hard and thin-walled would probably work best - you can probably find a tin can (empty or full) of just the right size. Put your cardstock upside down (or rather outside-down) on something with a little "give", like a stack of paper or a rubber mat. Mark on the cardstock where you want the creases, line up the can with the marks, and press down hard (or even tap with a hammer, if you think your cylinder can stand it). Experiment with different diameters to see what gives the best result (it's only cardstock after all...)

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omnibot made it! (author)omnibot2007-10-22

I assume this would have to be done while the card is still flat before making the cylinder as it might get tricky to get the tin into it. Good idea. Also i've added your comment to the Alternative design-step.

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omnibot made it! (author)2007-10-22

Frankly I'm just amazed that this worked and stunned at how good it looked, my loved one has gotten comments all day about how cool it looks and "ooh, what's that?". Mostly I'm amazed because I was half asleep when I did it and never really noticed how good it looked at first.

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BruceR made it! (author)2007-10-22

Strange, I suddenly have a craving for apple in a wierd crispy batter pastry.

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Vertigo666 made it! (author)Vertigo6662007-10-22

McDonald's apple pies come in boxes like that.

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omnibot made it! (author)omnibot2007-10-22

I knew I'd seen this somewhere! Thanx. As for the precreasing .. good idea with the tin. When I made it the first time I nedded it done quickly but that would certanly add to the fabricated look.

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