Introduction: Custom Nintendo DS Lite Skin

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This i'ble will teach you how to make a cool looking skin for your white nintendo ds lite.

Step 1: Supplies

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Cost- Low, if you have everything already
Difficulty- relatively easy

1. a White nintendo DS- $140-200
2. scotch packing tape, regular tape, or magic tape- $1-7
3. markers- $1-10
4. scissors- $5

Step 2: Cut the Skin

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Before we begin I want to say that I do not want to be held responsible for any damage or anything else that happens during this Instructable.

OK! To put the skin on you must cut the tape to match the places you are putting the skin. Whether it be the inside, outside, back or everywhere. Then lay it on a clean surface whereit will be easy to pull off without ripping or damaging the tape.

Step 3: Coloring the Skin

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I highly recommend that you color the skin when it is on the clean surface to avoid getting marker on your DS. But the choice is yours. Color it however you like, and send me picks of the finished product. I would love to see them!

Step 4: Put the Skin On

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Just put the colored skin onto your DS and walla! The DS skin is finished!

Please rate and leave helpful comments!


LexiN3 made it! (author)2017-02-27

Not exactly the same but still proud of it!

nenrikii (author)2008-09-27

yea i got my back done heres a pic.But i a have a sugestion why not those big white stickers that you use ups shiping thats what i used on mine it came out great!

325gogogo (author)nenrikii2011-09-25

looks really cool.

Maxaxle (author)nenrikii2010-08-11

I think it would have looked better if you had used stencils; it's kind of obvious you freehanded it (which isn't a bad thing unless it's obvious). Otherwise, it looks great!

nenrikii (author)Maxaxle2011-08-20

the reason it was so crude was my exacto wasnt very sharp, but i did free hand it,but my lines were straight

mason0190 (author)nenrikii2010-07-20

it's TRON-tastic!

randomrocks=D (author)nenrikii2009-04-04

yours looks great!!!

Ghost Wolf (author)nenrikii2009-02-18

I like yours!!!

nenrikii (author)Ghost Wolf2009-03-17

thanks it took me a while.had to try like 3 times to get it right.used the ups shipping sticker,cut it out on an old plastic tub (with plenty of light of course) took a blue sharpie to it, put it on there.came out great.if you got any q's reply to this comment. and thankyou again.

Rye2121 (author)nenrikii2008-09-28

cool thanks for posting this.

Maxaxle (author)2010-08-11

Agh! I'm having so much trouble with air bubbles!

nenrikii (author)Maxaxle2011-08-20

thats why i didnt use tape...

sbabcock1 (author)2011-08-01

youi dint evan tell how to do it

Matrix-technician (author)2011-04-26

If i'm right almost all of these pics are googled>.> The main image is a sticker you can buy in stores. Just a tip, put more effort into it by doing this yourself. Not by copy and pasting other peoples work. 3*

Your right. I knew that looked really good to be tape.

sharkstun97 (author)2008-11-15

to bad my ds in red and black :(

nenrikii (author)sharkstun972011-03-04

so...? make a different colored skin to fit your ds, its supposes to be something you like, it doesnt have to be just like his, look at mine (at the top)

nenrikii (author)sharkstun972009-03-17

you could make a skin with like black tribal designs on the front and red tribal designs on the in side,or wat ever type you want if had your ds i would do the tribals

Maxaxle (author)2010-08-11

Alright, here's mine. Full of air bubbles, and done on a fat/phat DS. I first applied a layer of five pieces of tape (as few as possible), drew on that layer with black Sharpie, taped over that, drew on THAT layer with yellow Sharpie, taped THAT over, and used a bit of extra tape on the front edge to finish the stripe. An X-Acto blade carefully guided through the tiny groove/gap/slot/etc. of the top and bottom shells of the top screen allowed me to not-overuse-the-tape.

Maxaxle (author)Maxaxle2010-08-11

More pictures:

Maxaxle (author)2010-08-11

Looks awesome, I might try it. One request, though: can you add a note about stenciling as opposed to freehand drawing? It could help people make their lines sharper.

=3 (author)2010-07-28

Here's a suggestion, when coloring with marker etc. Why not cover the white Nintendo DS with some white tape and color on that. Then to keep the marker from rubbing off when you play, put the CLEAR tape over top of everything. That should work if my theories are correct.

Lowney (author)2010-07-28

That main image is a sticker. I have seen it in a shop and you buy it and simply stick it on.

dynno97 (author)2010-05-01

 I think it would be better to cut the tape according to the Red lines, then color the entire DS, and remove the tape later. You will have to put on a plastic covering later on too to prevent it from dissapearing.

dombeef (author)dynno972010-07-15

He didnot make it, he googled it all

wehe-tehe (author)2010-01-04

does it work with just a ds not lite or i

EpicZombie (author)wehe-tehe2010-04-05

it should work for both [i have an i] you just have to cut for for the picture lens

Jei-Chan (author)2010-03-20

If you don't put something over after applying your sharpie markings, the oil in your skin will eventually rub off all the art.(not to mention your hard work)

This is a pretty incomplete instructable.... could use more detail.

Hoooyyat (author)2010-02-28

This instructable is a very detailed concept w/ pics of a real skin.

Hoooyyat (author)2010-02-28

What I did was trace around the top screen of my ds on a piece of paper then I put it under wax paper and covered the whole shape with tape and colored it. Then i cut out the area for the screen, peeled off the tape and put it on my ds. Last I took a craft-knife and carved out the speaker holes.

Macaylastutorials (author)2009-12-08

it works with the blue(dsi)pink, too

~INVENTOR~ (author)2008-09-03

does your ds have to be white? i have a black ds.

Rye2121 (author)~INVENTOR~2008-09-04

yes either white or close to white. unless u have a white or silver or other bright colored sharpie. I just said white becuse I have white and it is the easiest to do.

dombeef (author)Rye21212009-10-12

But the picture is a grey ds

nenrikii (author)Rye21212009-01-01

not technicly... depends on wat skin u want like mine blike and i put blue skin on it it looks great my pics r a few comments up.

nenrikii (author)nenrikii2009-01-01

srry blike is black

nenrikii (author)nenrikii2009-01-01

just pointin that out though

~INVENTOR~ (author)Rye21212008-09-04

thank u!!

Rye2121 (author)~INVENTOR~2008-09-05

No Problem.

BlitZzZ (author)2009-09-21

I'm going to use

laurent123 (author)2009-07-22

all those pictures where found of the internet i searched them up and found them all

Bertel (author)2009-02-16

how do you transfer the colored skin onto your DS? did you measure before - and how did you leave the gaps for the buttons out? nice tutorial with a great end-product :)

Matt21497 (author)Bertel2009-06-03

well i think this instructables isnt for the inside just his pic came off the internet of one that for sale so i think his is just the front top

Matt21497 (author)2009-06-03

i tried this about 3/4s a year a go and it didnt turn out to great because the scotch tape would come off and look stupid so one day i tear it off and i find little peices of schotch tape all over took me forever to take them off. What someone should do though is show how to make one with tape that u dont need to color DUCT TAPE!!!! i already did this with some black duct tape on the outside top of my ds and it looks really cool how i did this was u take two peices of duct tape and make the stick together then cut them down to the size of your ds minus the hinge part the what u do is set that on a table that you are NOT using to avoid scratches where scratches arent wanted and cut out the design you want with an x-acto.

Atomman (author)2009-05-15

Cool and all, but to risky to draw on your DS. Also, hand drawn is not as good as printed skins.

zim458 (author)2008-10-06

does it really look like that?awesome!

Rye2121 (author)zim4582008-10-10

yeah mine looks like that.

pichu1994 (author)Rye21212009-05-07

could you make one using shrink-wrap and the coloring it?

dombeef (author)2009-04-06

Hey can you use your own pictures?

iamwarner (author)2009-02-19

Could you show us an actual picture of your DS with custom skin so we can see the difference between it and the picture you have from Nisshoki electronics?

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