Old floppy/stiffy disks can easily be turned into little notebooks that can be used for kids’ party favours. Not only will they delight the guests at the party but you can also let them make their own notebooks as part of a party activity.
Here’s a step by step tutorial to show you how easy it is to make these little notebooks.
You can either use 2 floppy disks for a notebook or you can take one floppy disk apart and use the two sides for a notebook.
You will need the following:
3.5” floppy disks –
sharp knife or nail file
paper cut into squares, approx 9 cm x 9 cm or the same size as the floppy disks
a piece of elastic or small cables ties
The first thing you have to do is to remove the metal piece by lifting it on one edge and pull it off. A floppy disk also have a small black lock that enabled you to prevent somebody from overwriting your data. Before you can take the disk apart, you will have to open this lock if it is closed.
Take the floppy disk apart by inserting a sharp knife or nail file in the opening on top, carefully move it to one of the corners and wiggle it around until you are able to start pulling the sides apart. Carefully work your way around the other sides until the disk comes apart. You will need a little patience for this to prevent the disk from breaking at the corners.
Ah… the wonders of modern technology although a floppy disk is not so modern anymore… Amazing to think that the black filmy disk actually held all our data before the advent of CDs and all the other gadgets we can buy these days to store 1 000 times more data.
The most time consuming part of making these notebooks is the cutting of the paper. You can make the notebook as thick or as thin as you like, use plain white paper, paper with lines, coloured paper… you decide.
After you have cut the paper, put the floppy disk on one of the pieces of paper and make little marks on the paper with a pen/pencil where you will punch the holes. You can either use a piece of elastic or two cable ties to bind the notebook.
When you use cable ties, just keep in mind that the notebook should be able to open easily so you will have to adjust the width of the ties before pulling it close. You should also not pull the elastic too tight before making the knot on the other side of the notebook.
Decorate the front of the notebooks to suit your kid’s party theme or as desired. (These little notebooks will make welcome gifts for any occasion and you will do your bit for the environment by recycling the floppy disks into useful items).
So that’s it. Apart from the time it takes to cut the paper this is such a quick and easy way to make party favours that you can add to the party favour bags that you have made yourself.
I also compiled a .pdf file with the instructions that you can download - http://kids-theme-parties.com/Notebook-from-a-floppy-disk.pdf (right-click and choose the Save Link/Target As option to download the file to your computer)