Notebook From Old Floppy Disks




I know there are several other Instructables about this using rubber band, cable ties or chain links.
This notebook is made with string and the method is different (and a bit more complicated, I admit).

After I made this I was very very proud of myself, and I wanted the world to see my creation! :-D

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Step 1: What You Need

-2 Floppy Disks
-1 meter of cotton string
-about 50 papers (square, 9x9cm)
-Darning Needle
-a Hole Punch

I was lucky! I found notebook paper at exactly the right size, and it was cheap too.
If you have to cut it, it would be good to use one of those paper cutter machine things.
I just learned they are called "paper cutters" (THANKS!). Why didn't I think of that? It was probably just too obvious :-)

This is an opportunity to recycle used paper (one side printed/written, one side blank).

Step 2:

Punch holes into the papers.
Put the paper onto one Floppy .
Pull the string through the holes.
Align the ends of the string so they have the same length.

Step 3:

Pull each end of the string through its hole twice from the front to the back
(front is where the paper is, back is where the floppy is)

It has to go around every side of the corner once (see picture)

Pull tight and tie square knot.

Step 4:

We will finish one side first, then we do the other.

Pull one end of the string to the front and then through the second floppy

Step 5:

Now things start to get interesting.
It may look a little complicated but I'll do my best to explain step by step.
I think the result is worth it, cause it's pretty neat :-)

Thread string under the long strings on the back.

Step 6:

Pull string through the loop at the side

Step 7:

Pull string through the 2 loops at the spine

Step 8:

Repeat steps 4-7 at the other side
Pull tight, tie square knot.

Step 9: Finished!

That's it, we are done.

The sheets don't move as freely as they would with the methods in the other instructables because they are attached to the back.
But the cover can be moved without making contact with the pages. So they can't crinkle or get dog-ears

I made 8 of those yesterday . I would have loved  to make more but I ran out of floppy discs :-(

I'll give them to the charity sale of our crafting circle on Whit Monday. I hope they sell well.

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    25 Discussions


    3 years ago

    what size of floppy disks did you use and are the floppy disks still functional afterwards? other than that, looks great!

    vegan draws

    7 years ago on Introduction

    This is a great idea. Thank you - I'm going to make one for my Dad :-)


    8 years ago on Step 9

    where did you get some of those coloured paper?


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I had some square paper & have made 4 of these. I'm using a dremel tool to make the holes in the paper. :)


    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is a wonderful craft for children. Even though floppies hold more info than note paper, children LOVE to write down things on pads. (My house is full of them!) Thanks for the idea. As soon as I unload my floppies, we will get started!

    " can't really guarantee there will be even one working floppy drive at that time."

    Knowing my husband, there will be at least one.

    Suzanne in Orting, WA

    2 replies

    Ours is still working! I guess we'll retire it as soon as we run out of floppies. Your husband sounds like mine. If it is electronic, he can probably fix it. :-)


    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is a wonderful craft idea for children! Thanks! After I remove the info from my floppies, I plan on getting started.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Post-its are a little smaller ( the ones I have)
    My post its are 7x7,5 cm (2,5x3 in)
    The papers I used are 9x9 cm (3,3x3,5 in)


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Very adorable! I will definitely make one of these before I go to college in the fall. They seem like notebooks I would need as a freshmen. :D

    I make these but you a pad of Stickie Notes. They are perfect. For the paper, I used scrapbook paper scraps and decoupage the paper onto the plastic.

    gorgeous junk

    8 years ago on Step 9

    These are very cool, unfortunately my only floppy disks are black, I wish I had some nice colours like yours!

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    Diaphanegorgeous junk

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    The floppy disks weren't coloured like this. They are white, light gray or black.
    I just put some of the coloured paper on them with double sided sticky tape.