This project came about because of an abundance in my house of two things: old movie DVD cases, that were pretty much useless but still too good to throw out; and Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance games that the kids couldn’t seem to keep from losing or misplacing. Now both of those problems are solved and it keeps the DVD cases out of the landfill.
Materials Needed: old DVD movie case or cases, printer paper, printer, computer, DVD case template, Microsoft Word or Open Office software, graphics or photographs, scissors
I started this project by locating a DVD case template online. The template I found is available at the Avery website. It is obviously there for use with printable Avery products; however, I just printed it out on regular printer paper. The template is free to download after you register your information with the site. The template works in Microsoft Word, but a good free software alternative that can use the Word templates and documents is Open Office.
I then located some graphics that my child would like and downloaded them. I use a website that offers free usage stock photos and graphics, SXC. The artists name is Viktors Kozers, user name Vikush on SXC. I saved them to my computer in a folder I created so that I could easily locate them.
I opened the template in Open Office. I have Microsoft Word but, for me, I find Open Office easier to work with. It is all personal preference. I inserted a different graphic for the back and front cover areas. I also put the words “Jordan’s Games” on the front cover area to give it a more personal touch.
After I got the graphics like I wanted them and the wording to a size I liked, I printed the document out. Once you print it, you have to cut the paper down to size so it will fit in the clear plastic cover of the DVD case. I used the old movie paper that came in the box to give me a guideline to cut on. Just line the paper up on top of your printed one and mark a line where you need to cut. Then you are ready to insert the newly printed game case label into the DVD case. Add the games in and you have a case that your child can use to carry their games around the house or in the car. The amount of games you can carry will vary depending on the type of game cartridges you are carrying.
Variations you can use for this project would be to print your project out on colored paper versus plain white, or you can use photos instead of graphics. You can put your child’s face right on their game case.