Playing with 3-1/2″ Floppy Disks #3

Floppy Disk Art, Techniques

Ever wonder about what to do with all those 3-1/2″ floppy disks that you have taking up space in your office, closet, house?  I’ve come up with some ideas to create what I call “DaTa Art” (versus Da Da…I know it’s a groaner).

Gather your materials

Gather your materials

For this project you’ll need a floppy disk, wrapping paper, tape, and a viewer.

  1. To make the viewer, trace the outline of a disk on paper, cut the paper about an inch wider than your outline, and then cut out the center of the outline.
  2. Use the viewer on your wrapping paper (or whatever paper you want to use) to find the section you want to use.
  3. Cut the wrapping paper about 2″ wider than the disk.
Tape paper to disk

Tape paper to disk

  1. Lay the paper face down on your work surface
  2. Place the disk down in the center of the paper
  3. Fold the first edge over the top of the disk and tape it down (I had to use making tape because like most households the regular tape had gone the way of the laundry socks)
  4. Fold the right corner of the paper down the side of the disk; this will make for a cleaner corner
  5. Smooth down the folds (the next photo shows the folds), fold the right side paper over the disk, and then tape it down
  6. Continue around until the fourth side
Final Edge

Final Edge

  1. For the final edge, fold both corners inward
  2. Fold the paper over the disk
  3. Tape it down
Backside of disk

Backside of disk

When your done, the backside should look something like this; although with transparent tape it would look much cleaner.

Front side of disk

Front side of disk

Here’s the front side of the disk…much better.  To enhance it even further, I pulled out my glitter glue.

Finished Disk

Finished Disk

All done!   Obviously the sky’s the limit as to how to enhance this.  You could apply beads, buttons, stickers, you name it.

I plan to add this to a mural project with other disks by adhering them to a large piece of foam core board with thick double stick glue.

Have fun!

Maureen, The Mandala Lady


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