Published on October 6th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Mapped-Out Kassett Boxes

Materials: White Kassett cd boxes, various road maps, scissors, glue (rubber cement or 3M Super-77 spray)

Description: I noticed the Kassett boxes are dirt cheap ($4/pair) but horribly boring. So, to spruce them up, I got various road maps and gave them a face-lift.

I got all of my road maps from AAA and bus stops. If you’re an AAA member, they have a plethora of free maps you can pick up for no cost at any office. Also, transit maps are great, free, and very interesting.

I used 3M’s Super-77 spray glue, but after finishing I would HIGHLY recommend you rubber cement or another alternative instead. The spray glue is just too messy.

This is a pretty simple hack… pretty self explanatory. Never the less, I followed these steps:

1.Work panel-by-panel
2. Do the front first. Pick out the part of the map you find most interesting. Cut a piece approximately 1.5″ larger than the panel, glue it down to the face, and fold the edges over.
3. Continue working on the back, then the sides, then one rectangle for the bottom.
4. After everything is dry, you’ll have to clear the holes for the mounting hardware. I used a dental tool, but an exacto knife works great too, especially for the slits on the front label holder. Feel around from the inside of the box, poke through, then complete clearing the hole from the outside.
5. Put it all together again.

~ Sean S, Los Angeles, CA

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9 Responses to Mapped-Out Kassett Boxes

  1. Anonymous says:

    I love my new Kassett boxes. I bought large and small ones. I used four colors. The map idea is terrific. I will try it the next time I buy boxes.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is awesome! I like the fun behind this :) And since the boxes are so convenient, maybe wrap them with x-mas paper for gift boxes! Even for birthdays, etc. Great hack! This is something we can ALL use. Thanks!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I did similar to magazine boxes for storing my travel brochures. I found that glue sticks worked great for gluing the old maps to the cardboard.

    Nice job!

  4. Anonymous says:

    It would be cool to combine that with “rasterbator” (for those who don’t know it, its a software that blows up your pics and makes them look pixel-ish). I guess having one pic over several fronts of boxes must look pretty cool.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the great (and easy) idea!

  6. Eddie from Ohio says:

    Super 77 is not only messy it is highly toxic and will cause derve namage. If you must use products of this type, at the very least wear a quality respirator when using it.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Aviation maps expire every 6 months, check your local small airport!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I Love it! Have loads of those boxes too and, I agree, they do look pretty boring compared to the mapped ones! :)

    Spray glue is a total hassle, will remember to avoid it once I get my hands on some nice covering for my Kassett-boxes.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. AP says:

    Those would be great for storing momentos from a trip or photos or even ideas for a place you want to go. Nice!

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