Introduction: Fur Your Laptop!

Make your laptop nice and fuzzy like a stuffed animal in a few minutes.

Fake fur is the most wonderful thing ever on a computer. I tried this once with adhesive-backed black velvet but I like the fur even better. Also it is not permanent. The fur should probably stay put during general use but later you can pull off the fur and glue and no one will ever know your furry secret.

This project is inspired by this amazing teddybear computer and HalcyonPink's awesome Fur Bike! that I love so much.

I didn't fur the bottom of the computer for fear of overheating. Ideally it would be great to have fur all over every surface including the keyboard but we'll have to start with the back of the screen for now.

While you're here feel free to take a look at Surfing the Waste the musical-documentary about dumpster diving I made with my friends back in university. 

Remember to rate this instructable and share your thoughts in the comments section :)

Las Manualidades.com has done up a spanish version of this.

Step 1: What You Need

-Fake fur (I used stretchy stuff to allow for imprecision)
-Glue gun
-Cutter
-Love

Step 2: Start Gluing!

Grab a corner of your fur fabric and glue it onto a corner of your laptop. Leave a small amount of fur overhanging on the corner and trim it off later. You may need to chop a square off the corner of your fur if your laptop screen is thick. Generally the fur is pretty forgiving material because it can disguise your cuts, especially dark fur. Starting at a corner allowed me to orient and position the edge of the fur with one hand.

Lay a 1 or 2 inch long bead of glue along the edge nearest the screen that is not on the same face as the screen (see diagram). This way your laptop will still close properly. I used a short bead because the glue cools quickly and little patches are easier to work with.

Press the edge of the fur onto your glue. This gives you a nice thin glued area that is pretty much invisible.

Continue like this along both edges radiating from your first corner.



Step 3: Keep Gluing

Now that you've glued along two connecting edges, pull your fur tight (or at least not loose) and glue it along the next edge and then the final edge. On this fourth and final edge you may have some problems with too much or too little fur. In my case I had a teeny bit too much slack. I distributed the slack evenly over a 6 inch length and this eliminated the problem. It's probably best to glue the hinged side last because this side is the most hidden.

Step 4: Start Cutting

Now cut! Cut the fur from the fur-less side with a cutter to keep your fur nice and long. So cut from the screen side out toward the edge (see picture).

And do any clean-up cutting from the outside with the blade pointing toward the screen (careful now). This is where you'd trim off any blobs of hot glue that leaked out when you pressed the fur down onto the glue.

Step 5: Enjoy

Touch it. Feel it's furry majesty.

When someone asks you about your furry laptop. Feign surprise and say "What, your's isn't furry?"

Also as I said in the intro the fur is notpermanent. The fur should probably stay put during general use but later you can pull off the fur and glue and no one will ever know your furry secret. So you can completely remove all the fur and glue if you want. Not that you'd want to :)

Comments

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luna fox wolf made it! (author)2014-12-28

I will post a pic soon!

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snotty made it! (author)snotty2014-12-28

Cheers! Looking forward to seeing it :)

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luna fox wolf made it! (author)2014-12-28

I love this idea! ;) thanks everyone for the ideas on how to not ruin the lap top! I'm using long white faux fur for mine. I have a qompac laptop

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laxap made it! (author)2010-06-13

I made it!

Using your method, but not directly glued on the lid (a layer of masking tape in between).

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snotty made it! (author)snotty2010-06-16

Oh, masking tape! Very clever. I hope it's high quality tape. I remember sometimes crappy masking tape can leave an annoying, crusty layer of adhesive when it's been on for a few months. Electrical tape might be good too.

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laxap made it! (author)laxap2010-06-24

The masking tape I used seems to be good enough. Let's see in some years... IMHO electrical tape would not be as good as masking tape, because the hot glue would not adhere so well.

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snotty made it! (author)snotty2013-07-19

How's the masking tape holding up on your fur computer?

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laxap made it! (author)laxap2013-07-19

Masking tape taped directly on laptop, fur glued on tape with hot glue.

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snotty made it! (author)snotty2013-07-19

Right on. Is it still holding securely as the years go by?

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laxap made it! (author)laxap2013-07-19

Absolutely.

Maybe I should change the fur (moved from Ubuntu to Linux Mint since a few years) , and see how the tape turned.

BTW, I furred my tablet recently.

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AHOHA made it! (author)AHOHA2010-11-20

hi laxap

how you made the ubuntu logo ?

thanx

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Doctor Freeman made it! (author)Doctor Freeman2010-09-03

im in love with that fur whered you get it

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frenzy made it! (author)frenzy2010-06-24

I have great news!

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laxap made it! (author)laxap2010-06-24

Thanks! This awesome challenge motivated me to finish many of the things that I started once (starting is easier than finishing!). I enjoy making new things, as well as making cool things that others post!

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BrookeHaub made it! (author)2013-07-19

Interesting. I think using a sticky-backed velcro or gluing the fur onto a snap-on laptop case would also work if you don't want to glue directly onto your laptop.

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snotty made it! (author)snotty2013-07-19

Sure, I suppose that could work fine. Over the years, the glue has tended to peel off the laptop and stick to the fabric so it's been fine for me. My computer has smooth surfaces that unglue relatively easily with hot glue.

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AHOHA made it! (author)2010-11-20

cool

i made it too ( late , i know but now see the tuto )

great one snotty

here is mine

also if have any idea to decorate laptop share it

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snotty made it! (author)snotty2010-11-20

That's awesome! Thanks for posting your pics.

I wonder if the white will get dirty over time. Mine picks up some lint but I just brush it off. Mine also picks up lots of amused comments but I don't brush those off ;)

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AHOHA made it! (author)AHOHA2010-11-20

thanks ,

yes , if it get dirty i replace/clean it ,

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snotty made it! (author)snotty2010-11-21

Or just keep it dirty so nobody wants to steal your computer :)

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AHOHA made it! (author)AHOHA2010-11-21

:-)

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snotty made it! (author)snotty2013-07-19

Seriously though, I keep my bicycles filthy and ugly (and well locked). They don't get stolen.

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jcmangino made it! (author)2012-11-01

Like a tech-y teddy bear!

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snotty made it! (author)snotty2013-07-19

Eg-Zakly!

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snotty made it! (author)snotty2013-07-19

Eg-Zakly!

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laxap made it! (author)2010-05-27

Your very cool instructable inspired me for a slightly different approach.

Thanks a lot!


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snotty made it! (author)snotty2010-06-16

Nice work! I really like the cow theme.

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Kamonra made it! (author)2010-05-25

I'll say something. I did this a few years ago to my hp laptop, and it burnt out due to the fur. It would come off in bits and pieces, and get stuck in the fan, causing it to burn out. My laptop overheated, and my motherboard essentially melted.
Be very very VERY careful to get some higher grade faux fur for this project. 

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snotty made it! (author)snotty2010-06-16

Holy smoke!

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lukeyj15 made it! (author)2010-04-18

 I love apple macs... Is that an ibook?

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Warlrosity made it! (author)2010-01-14

Shag carpet would look nice...

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snotty made it! (author)snotty2010-01-15

Mmm, shag.

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Warlrosity made it! (author)Warlrosity2010-03-06

Mmm?

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snotty made it! (author)snotty2010-03-17

Mmm=Yummmmy

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Una made it! (author)2010-03-09

Really cute. Considered decoupaging my laptop. Question:
Does the fur create excess static that might harm your computer?

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snotty made it! (author)snotty2010-03-17

Una;

Static has never been a problem for me. I'm sure computers are internally shielded from static. This is like using your computer on a rug so it's been no problem. Make sure to post a pic of your decoupaging or furring :)

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olsti made it! (author)2010-01-16

eehm how about using an elastic cord instead of glowing on your laptop??
You just could pull it over when you want to and wash it from time to time.

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snotty made it! (author)snotty2010-01-19

Try it. I can think of some reasons why your suggestion might not work. But rather than be a naysayer I suggest someone try out your idea and tell us all how it went.

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kenexinator made it! (author)2010-01-14

I'm not saying i'll do this to my laptop but i guess it would be better if you pasted the furry stuff on a plastic hard cover that goes on the laptop so you could remove it just incase.

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snotty made it! (author)snotty2010-01-15

Good thinking, those snap on covers might do nicely and you could change your computer's outfits! Black fur for quotidian and thick pink shag for evening wear.

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kenexinator made it! (author)kenexinator2010-01-15

Change my computer's outfits ... ok ???

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snotty made it! (author)snotty2010-01-16

Sure. Maybe something a bit more formal like black velvet for work at the office.

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Thenwcp made it! (author)2010-01-14

Hahahahahahaha... this will go great with my fuzzy combat boots

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eydryan made it! (author)2010-01-14

www.schtickers.com/catalog/index.php 

I got myself a suede laptop skin from those guys in the link and it's really cool, basically glues on like a normal laptop skin but I like it better than the instructable cause it's really thin and so my laptop still fits in its perfectskin.

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snotty made it! (author)snotty2010-01-14

 A suede laptop is also a great idea. Too bad these ones you mention don't seem to wrap around the edges of the screen but rather they are just flat and a bit expensive.

I bet someone here could tell us how to mould leather to fit the computer exactly.

Any takers?

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eydryan made it! (author)eydryan2010-01-14

 it's not a good idea to wrap it around the edges because it will certainly snag onto things. It looks good enough just on top, i think better than if it were wrapped. too lazy to take a photo of it now. 

price is a bit high indeed but it really is really cool. and soft...


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snotty made it! (author)2010-01-14

Hey there's an even crazier version that I just found here.

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HobbyistX made it! (author)2010-01-14

 furry laptop is relevant to my interests.

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katfarmer made it! (author)2010-01-13

There is no way I would hot glue fur to my laptop!  What about getting a laptop skin with zebra print or another animal for about $10? http://sticviews.com  That's what I have on my laptop!

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Yerboogieman made it! (author)2010-01-10

I don't know about gluing fur on something that costs $200.

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