There are some ways to recycle those outdated floppy disks to make something useful. This guide contains uses for floppy disks.
I am looking for crafts using old floppy disks and non-working CD discs.
By Kelly from Medina, OH
I have made cd coasters & Christmas ornaments with the cd's. I've also put a ribbon on the floppy discs and made an ornament for the "computer geek" in the family. Just come up with creative ways to decorate them. I've uploaded my coasters and cd ornaments to show you an example. You can use pictures, old greeting cards...whatever works for you.
Backside of coaster covered with felt.
Since I glued 2 cd's together with E6000 glue, I decided to trim the edges of the cd coaster with ribbon to give it a finished look. Oh, by the way, covered the top with clear contact paper.
I use mine as a stiff insert when I crochet something I want to be stiff. Things like coasters, or the sides and bottom of a bowl. Just google "CD crochet patterns".
Or let your kids go to town gluing glitter and decorations on them for the holidays. A hot nail or screwdriver will put a hole in the top for hanging, or you can hang it from the center hole.
The sewing ornament is very unique, but it looks quite heavy, might be something fun just to hang in the sewing room. The coasters look very well done also. I love the Christmas tree idea. I've made the sun catchers before. Will try this next month! I wonder if you could also make other shapes like an angel using triangles for the body and wings and a diamond shape for the head. Could add color to the CD's on the body. Thanks for the inspiration!
Does anyone have a use for old floppy disks? I have many that I don't know what to do with or how to get rid of them. Can they be used in any other way?
By Cheryl from Phenix City, AL
The few I have I use for coasters. They're pretty much useless.
There are some ideas here:
Hook them together and make a mod dress. :o)
A Challenge! Foot Floor Hockey or Shuffleboard, a divider for card file box, construct small boxes out of them. Create art out of them, possibly jewelery. How about ice or pottery scrapers, sew up in material with say crumpled up paper, make bean bags. Magazine bookmarks. Those two small square holes? Possible decorated tree or wall ornaments. Most everything has many reuses.
How can I make use of old diskettes? What about broken and old cartridge?
By Aveneg from Iloilo, Philippines
I hate to be a naysayer but there are some things that just need to be thrown away.
Please don't just throw them out!
Although they wouldn't have the same 'tinkle' as metal would you could make wind chimes out of them.
Cover with felt and use as coasters.
Attach a magnet to one side and use as refrigerator magnets.
Donate them to schools for their art classes or retirement homes for their craft classes.
At the very least, recycle them at your local recycling center.
If you are still using floppys like I am, and store them in a floppy box you can't see what's on the floppy unless you take it out of the box. Using a black Sharpie, write on the metal edge, i.e. Thank you graphics, Good morning graphics, Jokes, Labels, etc. Easy to read at a quick glance stored in the box.
Now that computers no longer use floppy discs is there any use for all the unused ones I have? I hate to throw anything away that can be used for something else. Coasters are the only thing coming to mind.
Audrey from Enfield, CT
I use mine to back up what I do each day, such as pictures, cute email, information from a site, etc.
Then I can look at it again, and decide if I want to keep it, and burn to a CD. (01/25/2006)
I use them as backing for fridge magnetic hangers that I make myself. I stick a magnet to the back and I glue all kinds of things to the front, like photos or make pictures with left over scraps from my crafting. Or even a few small flowers. They make a good stable backing, easy to move around the refrigerator door. And when you feel like a change, either pull off the old decor and make a new one, or throw it away all together. (02/10/2006)
Make a floppy disk bag. Look at instructables.com (11/05/2007)
They are still useful if you have old backup disks lying around. My dad has so many disks and they still have useful stuff on them, but I could burn those things on a CD. Coasters might work. (09/07/2008)