Hey everybody! This is the cardboard computer case I made. I had an
old ancient Dell Dimension 2400 that was in serious need of a make over, just in time for the Cardboard and Duck Tape contest! Even though it seems like it would be very hard, taking apart a computer and putting it back together again in a cardboard box, really isn't to hard. There is no soldering involved, just a lot of patience:) If you aren't sure whether or not you can do this, Google a disassembling guide for your particular computer. It's a ton of fun and the results are very rewarding:)
I considered painting my cardboard box or somehow making it look like it isn't cardboard, but then I decided it would be pretty cool if it really just looked like a cardboard box, so that is the design I went with. I hope you like it:)
If you like this 'ible, Please vote for it in the Cardboard & Duck tape, Up! 3d printer, and the Make-to-Learn Youth Contests.
For the Make-to-Learn Youth contest I have to answer four questions about what I learned doing this project:
What did you make?
I made a case for my computer out of cardboard. The case the computer had was big, ugly, and weighed a ton! So I decided to make a smaller better looking case for it. In fact, the whole computer in its new case weighs less than the old case alone! I wanted it to look cool, but also be obvious that it was made of cardboard. That was why I didn't paint it. The case is made entirely of cardboard, except for the catch I used to hold the lid down, it is a magnetic snap that was supposed to be used for a purse. I used an Xacto knife to cut out the parts, and used mostly hot melt glue to hold it together.
How did you make it?
I came up with the idea of making a case out of cardboard when I was looking through the contests on Instructables a few days ago. I saw the Cardboard contest and knew I just had to make something for it, and I came up with this! I made this without any help, and it took me two days:) Some of my ideas for it changed as I went along, for instance at first I was going to cut all of the holes in the cardboard sort of squiggly, but then I decided straight lines and geometric shapes would look better (and curved lines are WAY to hard to cut;).
Where did you make it?
I made it this completely at home.
What did you learn?
Wow. I learned a LOT from this! I never thought I would be able to do it! It was much easier than I thought, the hardest part was remembering where everything went. It was also a challenge to fit everything into the cardboard box, and mounting the parts in the box so that everything was sturdy enough. I learned a lot about how computers work when I was looking up guides for taking the old computer apart. I also learned that the only time super glue sticks to ANYTHING is when you don't want it to. Like sticking my fingers together, for example;) Seriously, though I had a great time with this project, and learned a lot:)
Step 1: What You Need
You will need:
A computer in need of a newer, awesomer, case, or the parts to build a computer if you are making one from scratch
Misc. cardboard boxes and pieces of cardboard - My box was 11.5 x 9 x 10.5 inches
peice of white cardboard or painted cardboard for the accents
Hot melt glue gun and glue
Magnetic purse snap or two small round magnets