Dude, Where's My Car?




For city-dwellers who park in a different place each time they return home, a simple way to remember where the car is parked: a magnetic key-holding arrow for marking a street map on your fridge.

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Step 1: Shape Arrow From Sculpey, Attach Magnets

I used Sculpey polymer clay, pressing two magnets into it and then baking the clay and magnets together. When it cooled, I crazy-glued the magnets onto the arrow.

Step 2: Here's the Front

Here's the front, with the key hook. I painted mine blue.

Step 3: On the Map

Here it is holding a key on the map. That's where the car's parked.

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    35 Discussions


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    ...and another version, "5-Minute Project: A Parking Map For Your Fridge" from the May 2010 Popular Science:


    10 years ago on Step 1

    How hot do you need to bake the Sculpey ? Because NdFeB (Neodym) Magnets can't take a lot of heat. Maybee something that hardens just with air and time could be good for that.

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    275F/130C. We used regular fridge magnets, and they worked fine after baking.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Then they are probably made of ferrit, they can take more heat i think. But neodym loose theyr energy at tempratures of 80C and above. Probably useful information if somebody is gonna reacreate this :)


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Great map! I wish I had seen this a few years ago. We had to make a similar map, but of all the street cleaning days around our building. We just couldn't afford the ticket$. However, we would forget where we parked our car much more frequently :)


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Now this assumes that you have enough mental fortitude to remember where you parked it long enough to plot it on the map...


    12 years ago on Introduction

    It's cool... But maybe if a burglar breaks into your house and you went out without your car.... ups what do you think?


    12 years ago on Introduction

    how it sounds if i tell u that i have my parking place at 5 metres from my windows... and i can see allways my car on windows... and hear if the alarm goes on ... ? come to my country people... Come to Romania :D

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    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Naah, come to Slovenia! I have my car parked in front of the house and I'm in a middle of a forrest with VDSL internet connection. 10 minutes drive to capital city and we leave doors mostly unlocked :-)