(However, I don't think the HP logo is in the middle, and it has the company name over the glowing circle.)
- Macbook, Macbook Pro, or Macbook Air (Or any laptop with a glowing logo on the LCD panel)
- Software to design a decal
- Adhesive Vinyl (I got mine here: http://www.amazon.com/12-Adhesive-Backed-Vinyl-Assorted-Cutters/dp/B00331S0GO)
- Exacto Knife
- A surface to cut on, like a notebook
- (Optional) A vinyl cutter, such a Cricut
Step 1: Designing the Decal
In honor of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword being awesome, I’ll be creating the Hylian Crest. The Triforce inside the crest will glow. (If you’re going to be cutting it out by hand, this is probably as complex as you want to go.)
The trick to making a successful design is to use a computer program that lets you work in real life measurements. I use Adobe Illustrator, but you can use Photoshop, the GIMP, or even Microsoft Publisher.
Download a picture of the Apple logo online, and design your decal around it. Make sure you measure your actual logo on your Macbook and make the logo as big as it is on your Macbook so when you print it out, the decal will be actual size.
Look at the pictures to see how I made the Hylian Crest work.
Step 2: Printing It Out
My printer is picky about what size paper it allows in the tray, so I tricked it by taping small pieces of vinyl on a regular sized piece of paper. Do whatever you have to to get the design on the back of the vinyl.
Step 3: Cut It Out and Stick It On
I applied the pieces of decal while I was cutting them out. This part is pretty tricky and there’s not much I can do to help you. Eyeball where all the pieces go and if you mess up, carefully peel it off and try again. Vinyl can stretch if you pull it, so be careful not to ruin the pieces you cut out by sticking them on and peeling them off too many times.
Also beware of air bubbles. You can usually smooth these out.
Step 4: Let It Shine!
If you end up making one for yourself, post a picture of your result! I’d love to see it.