How To Make An E-Easter Egg Flash Drive
Happy Easter! Get ready for another Geek 101 tutorial this weekend. We at GeekTech have a great way that you can geek-up your Easter celebrations in a few simple and cheap steps with this incredibly nerdy (and Easter-y!) E-Easter Egg USB flash drive (Get it? The 'E' is for "electronic..." :P). Follow along and we'll show you how to do it.
To make your own E-Easter Egg you'll need the following supplies:
- Flash Drive (I found the cheapest one I could) - $8.00
- Egg Coloring Kit (You just need some stickers, most egg-coloring kits come with Easter-related stickers) - $0.94
- Plastic Glitter Egg (You only need one, but unfortunately they sell them in packs) - $1.97
- Hot Glue Sticks (obviously get the size that fits your hot glue gun) - $5.97
- Miscellaneous Tools Including Scissors, Razor Blade/Box Cutter, Hot Glue Gun, And A Small Wire Cutter (a screw driver may also be useful but I didn't use one)
In total for materials I spent $16.88 not including tax and I bought everything at Walmart. I already had the tools and most of you probably have similar tools sitting around your house so I didn't include them in my total price. Once you've finished, you'll have a bunch of supplies left over, however, for future projects like this one.
The usual disclaimer: Hack at your own risk! We are not responsible for fried flash drives or injuries resulting from razor-blade cuts or hot-glue burns.
You won't want to use a flash drive that contains important data, since there's the risk that you'll end up frying it. I went to Walmart and asked one of the employees in electronics for the cheapest drive they had. He pointed me to an $8 2GB SanDisk drive. After all, you probably don't want to be prying apart a 256GB $700 Kingston. You can also get any color of plastic eggs, but I chose the glitter eggs because they were partly translucent and the SanDisk has an LED on it that lights up. So in the end I get a glowing and flashing egg. Pretty nifty, eh?
Use the scissors to cut open packages (okay, that was a given). You'll want to take the plastic casing off of the flash drive, slide the razor blade into the seam between the two parts of the flash drive's case; you might need to use a screwdriver to pry the outer case off. But be careful not to go in too deep or else you might damage the electronics.
(And it should go without saying, but be careful so as to not cut yourself. Having to make a trip to the emergency room is a surefire way to ruin your day.)
Once you pry the case off, you should have something that looks like this, depending on the drive that you use:
That white thing was the switch that you would have pushed to expose the USB connector. If your drive has one of these, you can just pop it off; it's not fastened on very tightly at all.
After prying apart your drive you'll have something that looks like this:
Now, using the razor blade or box cutter, cut a slit in one side of the plastic Easter egg for the USB connector to slide through. I found that using the box cutter to start a cut and then using a small wire cutter to finish the cut allowed me to make more precise cuts; it's easy to slip and cut way too deep with the box cutter. Just whatever you do, try not to cut your finger off; we are not responsible if you hurt yourself.
Slide the male USB into place and make sure it fits snug. If not then readjust your cut.
Start up your hot glue gun and make sure that the glue flows smoothly before proceeding.
Now, to my knowledge, hot glue isn't very electrically conductive, and I've used it on a number of low-voltage electronics before, so you shouldn't have to worry about anything short circuiting or starting on fire. But don't say that I didn't warn you...
Now that your hot glue gun is...well...hot, go ahead and dab some glue down into the egg, and thoroughly surround both the USB connector and the slit that it's protruding through. Also, try to stay clear of the memory chips or any other important-looking chips on your drive. I don't know what temperature is required to damage them, but some hot glue guns get extremely hot, so it's best to just be safe and stay clear.
Once this dries, put a fine bead around the USB connector on the outside of the egg. This will ensure a tighter seal.
I also did not seal the egg shut, this way in the future I can easily make any modifications to the E-Easter Egg. Not only that, but you can also open the egg and use it to store other devices like microSD cards. Just make sure that the contacts are covered so nothing short circuits if you're using the flash drive.
This is probably the most important step of all--making your egg look more Easter-like. Open up your Easter egg decorating kit and cover your egg in stickers to your heart's desire.
Now that's more like it!
Plug It In
Now that your E-Easter Egg is finished plug it in to your computer and hope for the best. My drive has an LED so it lights up nicely, especially in the dark.
Viola! There you have it, your own E-Easter Egg.