Cardboard Laptop Case

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Introduction: Cardboard Laptop Case

Make your own custom fit laptop case out of cardboard!!!

Step 1: Cardboard Gathering

Find a nice big piece of cardboard

Step 2: Transfer the Pattern

Transfer the pattern generated here to the cardboard. You will have to click on the Laptop Case Pattern Link. Paste together the pattern. Use a glue stick to stick it onto the cardboard lightly (no need to go too crazy with the glue, you are going to want to pull the pattern off)

Step 3: Cut

Cut the outside lines (thick lines)

Step 4: Fold Lines

Take a slightly sharp object and draw along the fold lines with quite a bit of pressure do not press too hard you do not want to put holes in it (a bone folder, the edge of a ruler or a ball point pen all work pretty well)

Step 5: Folding

Fold all of your newly pressed lines. Remove your pattern.

Step 6: Glue

Put white glue (PVA) along the 1 inch flaps on the edge. Use masking tape (take a bit of the stick out of the tape by putting it on your clothes and tearing it off first) to keep everything in place while it drys.

Step 7: Closure and Handle

Now is the hard part... figuring out how you would like to keep it closed... there are a couple of options. Stick on Velcro (that stuff comes off easily unless you use the really strong stuff they make for hanging pictures), you might want to try to do a button with elastic thing. Be creative!!!

Step 8: Decorating It

And finally the fun part. Decorate as you want (you could have done it while it was flat too)

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    any thoughts on adding a smaller compartment for the power supply I have an old hand-me-down satellite with a bad battery but i need a new (CHEAP) case

    hmmmm... My only thought is to make it a bit bigger (in width and depth) and add a little divider for it. You might need to make the laptop portion with extra cushioning cardboard so it doesn't bounce around...

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    I made one like that and it came out awesome but for the divider, I made sure it was fixed into the case itself so that it won't move around. Anyway thanks for the great diy project!

    what an awesome idea! great instructions!

    I made one myself... I made the front and back as separate pieces entirely (my boxes weren't big enough) and then glued it on the sides and bottom. Still need to find a way to close it... I'm thinking button and loop (maybe a bamboo chopstick and a piece of bike intertube?) Rather like the way it looks - its a combination of odd stickers, paint, and decoupaged magazine ads :p

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    i really like some of theose stickers. did you get them from somewhere, or just collected them over time?

    I totally love this one, the sticker job is awesome. Too bad I used up all my ubntu stickers

    pretty useful. customized things always facinate me alot. great job.

    Hi this is awesome I have just bought a very old laptop for school work and need to be able to take it to school without a huge expensive case so im making one of these to fit it then im gonna make a small one and Stick it on the front for the power supply