Step 1: Lego Business Card Holder with Magnetized Paperclip Holder
So this is my business card holder for work I made with Legos. I had thought of doing this awhile back then discovered Lego actually sells a business card holder set, it's pretty cool, but why spend $15 when you can use just a (small) handful of Legos and make your own?
Making the business card holder itself is very easy, the paper clip holder requires a bit more work, but still not too bad. The magnetized paper clip holder idea i got from seawee65, with his "Expandable Lego Paperclip Holder", pretty much the same thing but just a bit more work. Hope you like it
(BTW my first instructable)
You will need:
Hard drive magnet, or other strong magnet.
Cutter Pliers (or whatever to cut or break your magnet into pieces)
and Business Cards & paper clips to finish it!
Step 2: Building the Lego walls..
This is the easy part, although all of this is pretty easy..
First get a flat piece that's either long enough to hold your business cards, or one a little longer to hold a paper clip holder like mine or whatever else you want, like a minifig. etc.
My flat piece is 16x6.
Next make the 'walls' for your cards to sit in between.
My back wall is 4 blocks high, and the front is only 1 block high.
I also added flat smooth pieces to add extra support to the walls and a cooler look.
So if you want to stop there, then you have a Lego business card holder....but the paper clip part was the trickiest...
Step 3: Add the Magnets
I used 1 hard drive magnet and fit pieces inside the bricks.
These magnets are so strong that a tiny piece will hold a few paper clips, although because I only had one, they aren't as strong as i would like, BUT they still work great. Besides I really don't need that many paper clips..
I got this idea from seawee65, with his "Expandable Lego Paperclip Holder".
seawee65's way was pretty simple, but because i wanted mine to be more than a 2x2 block i did it this way:
I broke the hard drive magnet into pieces with some pliers and supergluged them on the inside of each side of the Lego. Of course you only need magnets on the outer side of the Legos (if you do a 4x4 like me).
Since these magnets are so strong putting them so close together but separate was a little tricky. It helps a LOT to have a magnet on the outside of the brick so the one on the inside doesn't stick to the one you already glued in.
Of course, repeat for however many bricks you want to use. Wait a few seconds to let glue dry then stack and your done!
And finally, add the magnetized Legos to the business card holder, add paperclips & business cards, set on desk, show it off and your done. You now have something that your co-workers wished they had...until they make their own.