How To: Floppy Disk Heart


Geek chic in two steps (or less!)

by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

How To: Floppy Disk Heart | A Practical Wedding

In the past month, we’ve been doing large scale backdrops. Why? Because the wedding industry is trying to sell you on a million little handcrafted decorations, and I’m pretty sure you have a job. Like, a full time job, where they don’t let you use glue sticks. But I’m also pretty sure you want something stylish and affordable for your wedding… ideally that doesn’t come in 150 teensy parts.

To help solve this problem, we flew out APW’s very own wedding designer Michelle Edgemont from Brooklyn, and cooked up some go big or go home projects for you. First, we gave you this bright no sew wedding backdrop. Then, the surreal cloud backdrop (also known as the most magical thing we’ve ever made). Next? We did this amazingly simple hexagon box installation. Today, we thought we’d end with something a little geek chic, and not too crafty—the floppy disk heart.

Now, we’re not going to get all donut cake on you. Obviously you make this buy buying floppy disks, and sticking them to the wall. But we learned a few things along the way that are worth passing along. (And not just that Maddie is too young to remember what real floppy disks looked like, back in the days that we called these suckers hard disks.)

  • Floppy disks are not free. It seems like they should be, since they are relatively useless in our new digital age. But they still cost cash money, and the size of your installation is going to have a direct correlation to your costs. If you have the time, eBay has better prices and inventory than Amazon.
  • That said, go big. I liked our heart, but part of me wanted our heart to be the biggest heart ever. But then we ran out of floppy disks. (You can’t always get what you want, but you get what you need. Etc.)
  • There are now limited colors of floppy disks available. And since these are not, apparently, being marketed to us, they come in multi-color packs. I really think they should come in packs of neon pink and glitter, but nobody asked me. So, if you’re buying a set but only want to use the four neon pink disks, you’re going to run up your costs pretty quickly.
  • There are all white and all black packets of floppy disks, and I think a black, or black and white heart would be bang-up.

HACK:

If you don’t have permission to affix things to the walls of your venue, but you are in love with this project, there is a hack! You can buy a Pipe and Drape BackdropHow To: Floppy Disk Heart | A Practical Wedding ($139). Then create this installation on a piece foam core, which you can affix to your Pipe and Drape Backdrop with Gorilla Tape. You WILL need a vehicle large enough to transport your foam core. All that said—this is a pretty easy hack, and it would look pretty damn rad.

SUPPLIES:

COST ESTIMATE: $175 (or more, depending on inventory and if you want to get really specific on colors).

TIME ESTIMATE: Installation will take about an hour.

How To: Floppy Disk Heart | A Practical Wedding

Let’s say you want to add a little geekery to your wedding, but aren’t ready to act out a scene from Star Wars. Or perhaps you’re just really into the 80′s (in which case, may we suggest hunting eBay for this Chanel cassette clutch to go with your outfit?) Or maybe your geometry skills are better than your art skills and you just want a cool backdrop that doesn’t require any drawing, painting or papier-mâché (we feel that.) If any of the above are the case, then this floppy disk heart is your jam. If you want to create something other than a heart, the sky is your limit, and it will look all 8-bit awesome. 1UP to anyone who re-purposes it in their home and sends us a picture!

We’re giving this one away too! Head over to our Facebook post to enter to win this colorful 8-bit heart.

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.


The Info:

Photography: Allison Andres for A Practical Wedding APW Sponsor | Styling: Michelle Edgemont APW Sponsor | Art Direction: Meg Keene for A Practical Wedding | Models: Janeen and Daniela of Darling Dear Photography | Hair & Makeup: Shana of Fox & Doll, San Francisco | Janeen’s Dress: Nicole Miller from The Wedding Party, Berkeley APW Sponsor | Daniela’s Tuxedo Pants: The Artful Gentleman, San Francisco APW Vendor

read the comment policy before you post

  • Michelle M.

    Geek chic heaven! What a great series; I’ve loved every backdrop so far. I might be one to re-purpose this in the home! <3

  • Caitlyn

    If you want to do this DIY, I’d consider soliciting friends/family, facebook, craigslist, etc. Even though NONE of our computers in the entire office can read them, my office still have a few stacks of these lying around. And I’m pretty sure my parents have a bunch in their basement too. Why? No idea. Would they be willing to cough them up? I think they’d probably thank me for disposing of them.

    And hey, it would be even more special in it’s own little way, if the entire thing was made up of discs that all of your loved ones dug out of the garage :)

    • Em(ily)

      This would also make a great yard sale / junk store quest item. My last trip to the Goodwill, I saw a box of these.

    • Brittany

      One day I was going through one of my classroom closets and I found a box of 800 of these suckers. I gave them to our art dept, though. They showed up in various stages of disassembly in some pretty cool art projects! Still don’t know where the box came from or how it ended up in my closet…

      • http://www.missgiggles.com/blog Giggles

        The hard drive on my lap top crashed two years ago. When I got it fixed they put in a new hard drive and gave me my old one as a security measure so I could properly destroy it and not let the data get out. I keep meaning to turn it into a cool coaster for my desk. I should get on that.

  • Pingback: Best How To: Floppy Disk Heart, DJ Prices, DJ Reviews

  • Elizabeth

    I have a full-time job that requires me to use glue-sticks every day. My film degree got me this job. It’s the weirdest job ever.

    • Jules

      Tell us more!

      • Elizabeth

        I do the lobby displays for an independent movie-theater. It’s surprisingly difficult since there are a ton of moving parts, but I do get do do things like this… http://instagram.com/p/qJ_swGBG4t/

    • Hampton

      I want that job!

  • Pingback: Best How To: Floppy Disk Heart - Top Rated AZ DJ

  • http://www.missgiggles.com/blog Giggles

    Of all the timing!!

    Just this morning I was vacuuming under my desk and wondering what I was going to do with the boxes of floppies I have under there. And now I’m thinking my husband is going to come home from work one day to a floppy disk heart in our bedroom. Just because.

    We did put binary on our wedding invitations after all (and have already discussed putting said binary on our tombstone as well).

  • Kelsey

    I like this series so much.

  • Pingback: How To: DIY Giant Disc Heart | Michelle Edgemont