Picture of DIY Cheap Laptop Skins
I made this after making lots of random stickers where I work. These have a nice coating of laminate over the top so they won't scratch the design and protect the laptop case. If you are worried about removal of the skin you can buy waterproof labels to reduce the mess left by them. However you need to use a laser printer for that. You can make these at home if you have a laminator. Otherwise you can easily go into a copy shop and get it laminated for around 1$.

Step 1: Materials

for this you are going to need the following: Avery or comparable labels (any size will work for best results use full page uncut), Hot laminating sheets 3 or 5 mil (I used 5), a good quality printer, a hot seal laminator, cutting utensils, a ruler and a graphic for your skin.

I changed mine last night because of the spelling error to the last one. I have a high resolution on Here that anyone can use if you do not have one or you just like resident evil like I do.
shad0w885 years ago
afaik lamination is done on both sides.. so the backing will get covered up too, then how r we supposed to stick it??.. 
jeoncs (author)  shad0w885 years ago
follow the steps and it will all make sense. It is on both sides but once you cut it down its not sealed on the edges then the back will peel off leaving the front with a coating of laminate
sonyato5 years ago
cool, but it seems like such a hassle especially when you can get a custom laptop skin for $10 from here: http://sticviews.com/articles/custom-laptop-skins.aspx
jeoncs (author)  sonyato5 years ago
It still ends up cheaper and main reason (and pretty much the reason for the whole site) is for a fun project to mess around with.
Aichanrulez6 years ago
O3O SWEEEETTTT!!!! I love The Umbrella Corporation so this would complete my obsesion!! lol
xenongamer6 years ago
what adhesive should be used?
jeoncs (author)  xenongamer6 years ago
The labels are the adhesive when you cut it the backing peels off and the laminate stays on the outside
isign4u6 years ago
OH MY GOODNESS!!!! I totally understand how to do this now. I printed a skin for my laptop and just put double sided tape on it. No laminating b/c i didn't really want the skin THICK. but with labels.. OMG I can do this. I have a laminator and labels. Thank You so MUCH. Gale
jeoncs (author)  isign4u6 years ago
hey post some pics when you get it done!
bytehead6 years ago
I never though about laminating it. I'm about to do this myself, but laminating sounds good. Thanks for the tip!
jeoncs (author)  bytehead6 years ago
I started working at a Staples and we carry in my store at least a sticky back laminate that might be worth checking out its only a few bucks
bytehead jeoncs6 years ago
I've already got some laminate from another project. Which I probably did buy from Staples. :)
njdjs6 years ago
WOW neat idea now ya got me thinking, get some of the clear sticky plastic that you use for coating shelves, its got a sticky back. I could rearrange family pictures on the laptop and then put a coating of the sticky plastic. When I get bored with those pictures I take the whole thing off and put a new one on. Does that sound like it will work? I don't have printers to do it. So was thinking just get the photos.
Juklop6 years ago
Holy crap, I have that same laptop. Doesn't have a battery though :( Awesome.
slimguy3796 years ago
do you or anybody have or know of a site or place to find cool laptop designs such as yours? much appreciated
took me 5 mins to make...thanks great idea
nice acer! :P
GI Joe AAAAND transformers? my my, you are on a ROLL! all you need are the silverhawks, thundercats, conan, and the mysterious golden cities:P
thundercats, lol, check my other instructables
I'm fourteen, and the only way i know those shows is because some of the tv in saudi sooooooooooooo late, i was watchin 80's and 90's tv shows from 1998-2003 :) but the channel went down :(
lucky, i cant find thundercats on anymore you have to buy the dvds
I got all of season 1 of the thundercats last christmas :D!
i found the 1st few episodes on youtube , i downloaded them and burned them but AOL.comhas all the episode, but yet,.. no way to download them. again, your "lucky"
You betchya! AOL won't work for me, they have my FAVORITE 80's cartoons and i can't watch it -_-' o well, and using flashgot, you can choose to download media, good luck with aol!
Decalgirl.com has great laptop skins but they can be a bit over done...
jeoncs (author)  oblacone6 years ago
also costing 19.99$ which is why I made this instructable so you can get a personal one for about half that or less
oblacone jeoncs6 years ago
Yep its a great instructable but just that decalgirl has a few good designs
jeoncs (author)  oblacone6 years ago
oblacone jeoncs6 years ago
BUt BUT BUT!!!!! Decalgirl has wrist things too :P for macbooks
as shown below, i had all my materials on hand so this project for me was free. again thanks and since my post, the sticker has stayed on there pretty damn well
Wooh, Compaq!!!
marialoon6 years ago
Can these be removed and reapplied later on?
jeoncs (author)  marialoon6 years ago
nah single use just any normal sticker
jeoncs (author) 6 years ago
I bet if you searched for whatever you wanted as a high resolution desktop background it wouldn't work out bad. That said I make my own lol so I'm not sure of a site.
jeoncs (author) 6 years ago
Changing mine to this today:
New Skin

I was worrying more about the instructable than the picture lol so good thing these are cheap. Any resident evil fans feel free to use that one as well there is a HI res on that link with all sizes button.
mycroftxxx6 years ago
Do you print the decal onto the label-paper or onto normal paper? How does a laminated label stick to the surface of the laptop? You have a potentially great instructible here if you can clarify these steps a little.
jeoncs (author)  mycroftxxx6 years ago
I fixed it in the cutting step a lil better. When you cut this to size you are making it so you can peel the backing off the label sheet making the front one nice big laminated sticker.
gschoppe6 years ago
once you've trimmed the laminate, its no longer sealed at the edges, so you can then remove the backing... the only issue is you lose waterproofing at the edges, so it could run... capillary action would make it run pretty seriously if it got wet... If you don't mind an absolutely godawful mess when you remove it, staples can laminate onto a one-side adhesive laminate... its the same as the heat seal, but has a backing, so after laminating you can stick it to things... it works well, and you keep waterproofed.
jeoncs (author)  gschoppe6 years ago
Avery makes a weatherproof label that works for this as well.