a blast from the past...upcycling floppy disk storage

While cleaning out my Mom's garage last week, I came across a blast from the past...

Remember years and years (and years) ago, when personal computers were just making their way onto the market? And cds, dvds & even 3" floppy disks had yet to be invented? All of our computer games, programs, everything came on 5" floppy disks...


Remember? Please tell me I'm not the only one...

My parents' ran their entire business off of these disks...and they needed tons of them...

Now everything that used to be stored on 100s of these disks could probably fit on my phone...but I digress...

They also needed a way to store all of their disks...enter my garage-discovery.

These awesome 5" square storage containers:



These were even before Windows...see the "IBM-DOS" and "MS-DOS" up there? Awesome...

This is what they look like on the inside:


See? The disks would fit behind those two little prongy-thingies so that they wouldn't fall out when the boxes were opened...

Well, when I saw these, I knew INSTANTLY what they could be used for...

My ever-growing collection of cutting dies & letterpress accessories!

Most of the dies (especially the cookie-cutter ones) fit perfectly behind the prongs...


...and the larger ones fit into the bottom tray...


I pulled off the old labels, and used my Silhouette to make some new ones...



...organized beautifully...

So what do you think? Do you have any upcycled organization that you use for your crafts or around your house?

11 comments

  1. What a great use for those! My parents didn't have cool storage boxes like that, they were less than organized ;)

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  2. Look at you, saving the planet one clever idea at a time! ;)

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  3. i totally remember floppy disks...but we didn't have those cool storage cases either they're so cute!

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  4. So cute! I need some of those! :) Annnd yes, I remember those floppy disk, too. ;)

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  5. I not only remember them, I used them, SIGH. . . I am old! Anyway, this was a great example of sing something old for something new. Good for you and god for the environment! Now what to o with all those old floppy disks?!

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  6. Sorry for the typos, autocorrect and my blurry eyes. . . LOL! Should be USING something old , and should be GOOD not God! And last but not least should be DO not o!

    Sorry!

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  7. Ooh nice! I do remember those! Have you seen that episode of The Big Bang Theory where Sheldon pulls out his floppy disk of his enemy's list!?! Too funny!

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