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Published on August 30th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


Weekend Project #3: Crocodile USB drive

Marinka’s project is too cute. It’s a Söt Barnslig crocodile USB drive. I imagine it can work with any of the other animals but the croc may be the best choice, considering its shape.

Marinka says, “It looks like a normal Söt Barnslig stuffed animal. But when you remove its head, it’s a USB-drive.”


Söt Barnslig crocodile
USB drive
Needle to melt holes
Needle and thread to sew
Pair of scissors

Step 1:
Start with preparing the animal.
You have to cut off the head of the animal with a pair of scissors and pull out some of the stuffing to make space for the USB drive.

Step 2:
Than prepare the USB drive.
Melt with a hot needle some holes at the edge of the USB drive. Take care not to damage the inside of the drive. To heat the needle, poke the blunt end of the needle into a cork. Heat the sharp end with a flame.

Step 3:
Now put the USB drive into the body of the animal and the cap into the head. Fix the USB drive to the animal with needle and thread. Pull the needle a couple of time across the animal. Fold the cut edges a little inside when sewing the holes at the edge.

Step 4:
The finishing touch.
You could put a ring to its tail. Or to stop you from losing its head, you can attach a wire between the two parts. (I did this after I took the pictures)

See other Weekend Projects:
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- Hack a Lego table

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Jules Yap

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12 Responses to Weekend Project #3: Crocodile USB drive

  1. Anonymous says:

    omg…the best idea that i´ve ever seen befor…this is so cute…i have a pink barnslig(it´s a talisman,for my and my best friend) but when i went to ikea next time i will get a new barnslig and try it…

  2. paul says:

    hi ikeahacker,

    Hope you don’t mind – we featuredyour article on our blog: http://www.usbhacker.com

    The idea behind our site is much the same as the idea behind yours, just focused on USB drives and anything having to do with them.

    Anyway, great stuff here. We’d love it if you stopped by our blog sometime (at least to check out your own article).

  3. prue says:

    hey, my name is NOT GRUE! :) however, you’re right, it was your post. funny, i couldn’t even remember it was in german! now, what does that say about me?!

  4. Gunther says:

    @grue: This was my first IKEA hack :-) But the nice USB crocodile shown above crawls, *eh* goes a step further.

  5. Carly says:

    Bloody brilliant website! So glad I found it!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    cutest hack EVER! Except I’d stuff the drive into head instead of the body, that way the little animal head would be poking out the side of the computer! You also win the cutest instructions prize, too — loved your graphics!

  7. n i l e e y says:

    i love your posts and those hacks people come up with, but i thought this was a little ‘cruel’ but entertaining nevertheless… :)

  8. prue says:

    i can’t remember where i’ve seen that before, or how i found the website (following a link here for sth else?), but i have seen that before, also with the ikea stuffed toys.
    to be more precise, it was the pink hippo that had the usb drive sticking from its mouth……
    also quite cute!

  9. JH says:

    Umm. I find that kinda creepy, that I have to decapitate my animal before using it… Haha, briliant idea though!

  10. Erin N. says:

    It looks a little like he got stuck in your USB port. Very cute!

  11. madmaker says:

    arghhh!! you are a serial killer ! I call the PETA immediately !

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