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December 17th, 2010
08:08 PM ET

Floppy disk fun

Please put your hand up if you still own a floppy disk. Anyone? Bueller...?

Before today I had no idea that they were still useful. Turns out, people have given this outdated mode of data storage new life in amazing ways.

Here are some of the things I found while searching for craft projects to make for our gift segment:
  * USB drive
  * Wallet
  * Greeting card
  * Messenger bag <– seriously!

In the end, I decided to make a notepad because it looked easy... and the pen holder matched nicely. I also saw earrings and a necklace that looked too cool not to attempt.

I was surprised by how much people like the pen holder. I actually made –and then remade– it at my desk (yes, it’s that simple).

There are several different instructions online. If you don't like using a drill then bang out some aggression with a hammer and nail instead. Just do not use any wire stronger than a twist tie to connect them or you'll have trouble getting it tight enough.

But I'll be honest... those are brand new floppy disks you see there. I tore my apartment apart looking for some to recycle and couldn't find a single one. 

They weren't easy to locate in stores either. More than one salesperson just laughed when I asked if they carried floppies. I felt the need to justify my inquiry by adding, "They're for an art project."

I think it was worth the small humiliation. That is one sweet pen holder.

What have you made out of floppy disks? Send us pictures if you have any!

And check out all of our geektastic gift ideas:

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