10 DIY Projects for Tech Nerds

Customized USB Drive
Who doesn't have fun memories of building with Lego blocks? Use a brick to encase your thumb drive and carry the fun wherever you go. © DK Limited/Corbis

USB drives come in all sorts of funky sizes and designs, but making your own custom design is even better. Get your geek on by creating a clay or Lego case for your drive.

Before you begin, you obviously need a USB drive. We suggest one that you don’t mind ruining … you know, just in case. Also, a drive with a small body will likely be easier to use.

For a Lego case, compare the size of the drive with your Lego collection. If none of your Lego bricks are large enough to encase the drive, you have a couple of options. You can cut away the plastic case of your drive or you can make the Legos bigger by gluing more than one piece together. Either way, you’ll have to cut the blocks in half with a razor knife, insert your drive, and then glue it all back together.

Or get even more artistic with clay. Remove the circuit board from your drive and mold oven bake clay around it. You can make just about any shape or size you like. Once you’re happy with the finished product, you simply bake it at a lower temperature in your oven for a few minutes.