The next case, like the last two, uses pants, but differs in purpose.
, made from a pencil case and some corduroy pants, rolls up to secure 36 DS cards. In addition to being thrifty and responsible, this item fills a need that nothing else on the market does: mass DS card storage.
But pants aren't the only resource available to the eco-conscious DS crafter; other materials can be pressed into service for holding DS systems and accessories. For example, sushi mats, combined with a bit of ribbon, can make adorably idiosyncratic DS cases
. Perfect for the person who finds themselves in possession of a sushi mat, but lacking the desire to mash up rice and seaweed into attractive little rolls. Similarly, the ubiquitous home-repair solution, duct tape
, can be used to create a DS case. Which is good, because it is often very difficult
to find something to do with duct tape. This may not technically be recycling, but it's repurposing, which is close enough. One crafter made a waterproof case by lining his homemade DS case with a Ziploc bag. If a) you have too many Ziploc bags
or b) your DS is constantly in danger of getting submerged, you may consider such a plan.
You can even make a comfortable stylus from what would normally be garbage. It's quite easy to make a big, more hand-friendly stylus by simply jamming your DS stylus into an empty pen case
. It's even easier, and requires less cutting, if you use a smaller Phat stylus.
Sometimes, recycling doesn't require any craftiness at all, just an eye for what can be used for something else. For example, an Altoids gum tin makes a handy-- and minty-- carrying case for DS cards. The hardest part is getting through all of that gum. As a bonus, it'll imbue your cards with a Curiously Strong scent.
Should you get tired of your PSP, you can use the included nylon case as a nice no-effort DS Lite case. It's also useful if you just feel like carrying one system at a time. Using a game system case for a different game system is a very light
repurposing, but it is still less wasteful than having separate cases or buying another case when you have one lying unused.
Finally, we'd like to reveal our own world-exclusive
recycled-material DS case that we made over the weekend. Pocky is the snack food of choice for Japanophiles everywhere, and also happens to be yummy. While very quickly working our way through a box of the creamy-coated cookie sticks, we noticed that the box was only slightly larger than a DS. We decided, then, that it would make an amusing showpiece of a DS case. We cut some felt to the approximate size of the inside of the box, glued it in with some Elmer's glue, and fifteen minutes (and zero dollars) later, we had one of the most ridiculous DS carrying cases we'd ever seen. It won't protect our DS from a big fall or anything, but it'll certainly keep it from scratches.