Do you use sticky notes frequently? They have various sizes and colors and now we can even find some with predefined text like : "Sign Here" or "Initial Here" which guide people where to sign a document. Even more they come as applications on your desktop or smartphone, but those apps cannot beat the original paper sticky notes. Why? For those who work with the desktop all the time, "always on top" sticky notes are annoying, while bringing them down will make you miss some appointment for sure.
Experimenting with Sugru, I found a new style of sticky notes. Only use it when I am out of the real sticky notes at hand, because leaving my glue stick uncapped will dry it fast. But no worries, I have another style of sticky notes with the Sugru packaging, the pin notes ^^
I have papers from monthly calendar. I have glue stick in hand. I have Sugru pack in hand. I have yellow-green sponge that is free from purchasing dish soap. Let's see what I've done with those things (mostly free) around.
Step 1: Materials
- One single use Sugru pack : purchased earlier.
- Sugru packaging : free.
- Glue stick : purchased and always ready at office.
- Yellow-green sponge : free.
- Some push pins : always ready at office.
- Multipurpose adhesive (optional) : always ready at office.
- A cutter. This is all we need.
Step 2: Moulding
Unpack your single use Sugru pack, squidge (this is what Sugru used for squeeze) it and mould it around your glue stick. If you can make three quarters of the container's circumference, that would be better.
Step 3: Stick and Support
When you remove your glue stick, the Sugru will form some kind like a horn. Stick it on the upper side of your desktop monitor, if you see something is not right, then stick it to the left :D
Now you have 30 minutes.. uhmm... subtract the minutes you used to mould the horn by 30 minutes -- to remove the hooks from hook-and-loop fastener from Sugru packaging and then stick it on your horn. Well.. all you have to do is make a lot of coffee and set a good sitting position by your desk and hold the horn to keep its good shape.
Well.. you know I'm just kidding, huh :D Find anything to support your new horn to hold it in its position and shape. Anything. Boxes, books, or even your printer. If there is nothing around you then lay your monitor flat on the desk and wait for 24 hours for the horn to cure.
Step 4: After 24
Now you can hang your frequently used cables on your horn. For me they are my phone charging cable and Arduino cable :D That is normal use of the horn.
For the unusual use of the horn, we go back to the title, sticky notes. I put my glue stick there on the horn. It was mould with the glue stick, so the glue will fit on the horn perfectly. Uncap the glue, write a note on a piece of paper (I always reuse papers around -- this time the monthly calendar which has plain white at the back) then stick it to the glue. Write more notes and stick them to the previous note.
As I mentioned at the beginning, I use this method only when I am out of sticky notes at hand. It is not wise letting your glue dries and purchase a new glue. I would say go get a new pack of sticky notes.
Step 5: What About the Sponge, Bob?
Remove the loops (the hook-and-loop fastener) from Sugru packaging. Stick it with multipurpose adhesive on your green side of sponge, somewhere near the edge. Actually the hairy green side of the sponge itself can act as the loops, but it is less hairy and make less grips to the hooks.
Step 6: Stick and Pin
Stick the sponge to the hooks on the horn. Write a note or some notes and pin it on the yellow sponge. This is another way similar to the sticky notes. What do we call this? Pinny notes? Sounds so punny.