When I started using Arduino's I became frustrated. The little boards would not stay on my desk. The boards are prone to shorting when building. I know there are products on the market that help with this but I wanted an easy and inexpensive way to house my little boards with ease. After duct tape crafting with my daughters it became clear to me that this was my solution.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
2. Ruler or straight edge
4. Exacto knife
5 Duct tape
6. Card board or craft paper
7.Scissors (only for cutting craft paper and duct tape.)
8. Cutting board
Step 2: Trace Arduino on Cardboard
First trace the Arduino board out on the card board.
Step 3: Meassure Stands and Arduino
Measure the stands and the Arduino.
Add the measurements together.
This measurement will be added to the outline of the Arduino traced on the card board.
Step 4: Layout
Using the ruler and the measurement taken in the last step. Make marks perpendicular to the traced outline of the Arduino.
Using the ruler draw straight lines of the perpendicular markings. These markings will increase the Arduino trace's over all size.
When you are done it should look like the second picture above.
Step 5: Making the Box Structure.
Cut the outline of the box with the exacto knife.
Step 6: Score the Box Edges.
Using the straight edge and exacto knife score the edge of the box.
Be Careful Not To Cut All The Way Through the Cardboard!
This will allow you to break the edge and form the shape of a box.
Step 7: Add the Stands to the Arduino
Next add the stands to the Arduino.
I was using an Arduino UNO. I used only three stand because of the size of the stands.
When installing the stands make sure none of the pins or pads are shorted by the stands.
Place the Arduino in the box and cut out for the usb and power supply.
Step 8: Put Three Strips of Duct Tape Down and Cut.
Lay down three strips of duct tape. All overlapping each other about 1/2 inch.
The strips need to be longer then the box. And the over all width should be wider then the box.
Next using the exacto knife cut the outline of the box. Do this by placing the box on top of the duct tape. Using the box as a guide cut the duct tape.
Step 9: First Tape Layer With Hints
Pull the duct tape off the cutting board. Place on the bottom of the cardboard box.
Make sure to bend the box over in the shape of the box. This will allow the tape to fold over the box with out stressing it.
If you place the tape flat and stick the tape the box will not fold.
Step 10: Finsh Wrapping With Tape.
Lay the box flat with the inside facing up. Place tape over the inside of the box. Cut the corners of the tape to allow the box to fold.
This will form the main inside surface.
Step 11: Check Form and Fit
Next form the box and add tape as needed. Don't worry about covering up the cut-outs for the usb and power supply. Just cut out the notches.
Add duct tape as needed to cover the box. Check fit when complete.
I was impressed how well the board stayed in the box with out fasteners. This may be cheap but it will keep this little board from harm.