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Make your own custom fit laptop case out of cardboard!!!
 
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Step 1: Cardboard Gathering

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Find a nice big piece of cardboard

Step 2: Transfer The Pattern

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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

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Cut the outside lines (thick lines)

Step 4: Fold Lines

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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

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

Step 6: Glue

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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

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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

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And finally the fun part. Decorate as you want (you could have done it while it was flat too)
tokymaru5 years ago
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
sepme (author)  tokymaru5 years ago
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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yblusky sepme5 years ago
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!
miriam836 years ago
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
usher_zaa5 years ago
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