Floppy Disk Pen Holder

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This is my first instructable so I will do my best. Recycle your old floppy disks into a geek pen holder. Stylish and very functional.

Step 1: Supplies You'll Need

Here are the materials your will need for this project.

- 5 3.5" floppy disks (duh)
- drill
- 5/32 drill bit
- zip ties
- piece o wood (for drilling into)
- scissors (I couldn't find mine)

Step 2: Drill the Holes

The floppy disks already have two holes that are perfectly positioned for our project. At the top next to the metal slider there are dimples on each side where you will drill holes in 4 of the floppy disk. These disks will make up our 4 sides.

For the bottom of our pen holder, the dimples are not quite where we need them so drill a hole above them at the corner.

Step 3: Piece It Together

I find it easier to lay the 4 disks that will make up my sides with the side I want facing the outside down.
Now it's time to use your zip ties! Feed the ties through the what will be the inside of your pen holder and then loop them through the adjacent disk, linking them together on the inside. Continue looping your ties until you have formed a square.
Putting on the bottom of your pen holder is much easier if you tighten all the ties on the sides and snip off the ends.

Step 4: Put on the Bottom

The bottom is the hardest, but it's not too bad. Just feed the ties through the inside (you don't want to have those sharp pieces on the outside when you cut them off) and loop them back through the bottom. Don't tighten the ties until you have them all started.

Step 5: Finish Up

Then reach down into your box and finish tightening the bottom, snip off the ends and presto, a geek chic pen holder.

This pen holder has a much greater capacity than your standard store bought pen holder. It also has a much more stable base and is guaranteed not to tip over and scatter its contents all over your desk. So don't be nervous about putting your heaviest scissors in.

Well, I hoped you liked my first instructable! I enjoyed doing it.

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Acornbud

1 year ago

Brilliant.

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dhiru17398

6 years ago on Introduction

Cool! I'll Sure Try This! I dont have a glue gun and dont know where to get those zip ties around.. so any thing else i could use?? =D

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JosephK79dhiru17398

Reply 1 year ago

Zipties can be bought at Walmart. Or Amazon if you can't drive.

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completegeekMetaferia

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

They don't tip over whatsoever. They are very stable. I made one because my store bought pen holder was constantly falling over and dumping all my pens and scissors over my desk.

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JosephK79someguy1234

Reply 1 year ago

Hell, it took longer than 5 minutes to zip tight the dumb things

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Sure was, they contacted me a few months ago about it. Didn't put my name in it like they said they would though.

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camelsamba

7 years ago on Step 3

I waited to connect the fourth side until after I attached the bottom to those three sides. My thinking was that it would be easier to work on those if it was still opened up. I suppose I should try it both ways to confirm that suspicion, but I wanted to put that suggestion out there anyway.

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camelsambacamelsamba

Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

I covered my floppies with a map to make it more decorative - I have a bigger photo over at Flickr (username: cazatoma) but can't figure out how to make the flickr import option work...

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camelsamba

7 years ago on Step 2

Based on this, i thought I only needed to drill holes where those dimples are for the side pieces - two per disk. But from the next step, I now see that I need 4 holes on each. Back to the basement shop for me!

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Vinsu

7 years ago on Introduction

Very nice! Finally something to do with my dozens of floppys...

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invizibleboy

8 years ago on Introduction

This worked out great, minus the fact i didn't drill extra holes on the bottom disk, but it seems to be holding well since i tightened the zip ties.

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g_robb53

8 years ago on Step 5

Love this idea - thanks for sharing!

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kantona80

8 years ago on Step 5

 Man, you are a genius! :)
Great idea