If you're planning to do any of the Raspberry Pi hacks we've featured this week, you will probably need a decent case for your Pi before you get started. Design Engineer Jude Pullen wanted one too, but he also wanted to use materials he already had. A couple of cardboard boxes and a hot glue gun were all it took to build this case.
Jude walks us through the process from start to finish at the link below, including the measurements and cuts required to make the case look as good as this one — complete with the lights shining through the case, all of the holes for the required ports, and even the toothpick ventilation bars across the top of the case to keep the Pi nice and cool. The video above, which Jude made for DesignSpark, outlines the project.
He used standard cardboard for the case, but he also notes that you shouldn't just take his finished product for granted — consider what kind of cardboard you have on hand to work with, and then think about what the final product you plan to use your Pi for will look like. Then you can build a case to match. This case, for example, is ideal for a media centre or other standalone Pi project. Hit the link below to take a look and see how it's all done.
How to make a Raspberry Pi Case [Design modelling with Jude Pullen via Instructables]