Introduction: Nintendo DS Lite Notepad

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Retrofit your Nintendo DS into a notepad. You can take notes even without batteries. Idea is to create a writable surface on the lid of your DS, using a Scotch Magic tape.

Step 1: Tools

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We'll need the following things for this things:
1. Scotsh Magic tape (cos it has a writable surface)
2. a paper knife or a pair of scisors,
3. a pencil of course (for taking notes)

Step 2: Create Writable Surface

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Create writable surface by applying scotch magic tape

Step 3: Remove Air Bubbles

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Rub gently to remove air bubble.

Step 4: Five Layers

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Five pieces of 12mm wide Scotch tape should be enough

Step 5: Cut Off

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Cut off redundant parts of the tape from both sides

Step 6: Final Result

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There you have it, old school notepad on the lid of your DS. Magical writable surface permits you to use ordinary pencil to jot down, ideas you might have, make short ToDo lists, emails and phone numbers of recently introduced random strangers, and even to play an old school notebook game or two. No batteries or WFC connectivity needed.

Scotch tape creates a nice texture on the top surface.

Step 7: Undo

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Nintendo DS note pad created in this way features unlimited UNDO level. Even erasers work. If you ever decide so, you can easily remove the Scotch tape, with no damage to your DS.


mike!!! (author)2011-07-21

would be easy on a dsi.....DO NOT WRITE ANYTHING ON THE CAMERAS and NOT DSi XL

Father Christmas (author)2011-04-13

I would do this in a heartbeat if my ds wasn't as modded as it is. No surface really available for this lol

Great job though. I never would have thought of it.

urtlesquirt (author)2011-03-04

Um kinda bulky..

Sunny124613 (author)2008-09-01

hm I guess this is cool,if you want a $250 note pad

bugolf (author)Sunny1246132011-01-26

Thats the 3DS

alexh934 (author)Sunny1246132008-10-30

are you serious? a ds is only about $130 even for the lite version

R4Man18 (author)alexh9342008-11-03

even more so you can get a 20$flash cart plus a msd card and do this exact thing digitally.

StaneStane (author)R4Man182008-11-03

Oh but digital solution wouldn't work if battery is empty. Go steam punk I say

R4Man18 (author)StaneStane2009-01-04

or just make the first altoids tin pocket whiteboard with a built in led light because it can fit a battery with a little bit of work a piece of white board on top and an eraser battery and markers in the bottom of the lid.

futeng (author)R4Man182009-06-27

Stane is just telling you how to do this if you want to do it. That's all.

St Jimmy (author)2010-12-12

I have a trashed (washing machine) ds lite. I bet if I take it apart I could fix a notebook on the inside and have notes when I open the top!

sw5t (author)2010-12-02

i have a black dsi which really sucks fr this

nickiminajstar (author)2010-11-28

This is awesome im gettin a DSi for christmas and i want to do this with a case so i wont ruin it will that be possible??

dandychris395 (author)2010-03-14

doesn't a ds have two squares on the front?

 not a ds lite

okff2 (author)penguin.waddle142010-07-25

you cant see them that well in the picture, but they are there

yes it does

jaxxster1 (author)2009-08-07

or you can get a dstt, R4 and install

wtoto (author)jaxxster12010-02-04

hey when i download this where do i put it on the the micro sd do i put it on the root? or the games file?

jaxxster1 (author)wtoto2010-02-04

I dont think that it matters

wtoto (author)jaxxster12010-02-05

no it does matter

jaxxster1 (author)wtoto2010-07-15

just put it in the games file then..

seabananers (author)2010-04-10

i just showed this to my sister and she immediatley wanted to do it

artix (author)2010-01-06

is this reuseable

McKayla2013 (author)2009-11-22

It would be cooler if you did a pain white peach of paper and then follow the steps it gives you a clean slate and i use dry easers makers

noname420 (author)2008-03-08

hahaha man thats hella funny and awesome at the same time, we just need to put lasers and flashing lights on it and its good to go.....sorry i just like lasers and flashing lights :)

pichu1994 (author)noname4202009-05-07

could you use a material that you could write on sharpie and then erase it?

futeng (author)pichu19942009-06-27

Probably not, since I don't know what material can do that, but you could take off that layer to reveal to clean layer underneath.

uoflcardsfan150 (author)2009-05-30

DS DS DS DS DS DS DS DS DS DS ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GorillazMiko (author)2008-03-02

That looks so awesome! Great idea, I don't have a DS unfortunately. I have the old one. When I get a new DS (hopefully soon), I will get a white one, along with some Scotch Magic tape. Great idea! +1 rating.

What game systems do you have?

PSP (share with friend), PS2, Xbox 360 (share with friend), might get Gamecube, Computer. Gameboys. Different types.

im_tux (author)GorillazMiko2008-03-05

dude dont ever get a gamecube they sux i just sold mine the games are overpriced and the system is lame. and psp rox way better than ds. i got a psp and my mom got a ds and i have to say pspis waaaaay better

junits15 (author)im_tux2009-04-26

game cube was one of the "powerhouses" of its generation and now the games can be bought (used only) for like $10 and besides, it can be modded to run linux! :) And with the R4DS you can do so much more cool things with the DS like run emulators and play movies.

Landon531 (author)im_tux2009-04-17

LIAR! DSs pone all, specially the new DSi ! You could put the tape ound the camera...

Sandisk1duo (author)GorillazMiko2008-03-03

Get a psp! much better... and it costs about $50 more, totally worth it, even though i have a ds, i would much rather have a psp. Its not like you can argue with Santa Claus...

leebryuk (author)Sandisk1duo2008-03-05

Santa Claus does not have a return policy. It was a sad day when I found that out after writing him for a refund. ;)

Sandisk1duo (author)leebryuk2008-03-05


StaneStane (author)Sandisk1duo2008-03-04

Ah, don't, troll please. This is not about which is a better system. This is an instructable for people who happen to have DS Lite. Thanks for dropping by.

Book l_l Lover (author)2009-01-22

I have the crimson black DS Lite. Wouldn't the white duct tape leave a sticky residue on the DS? I think I'll just put a index card on it and put the scotch tape over it.

cali_mrtnz (author)2008-12-31

ha ha ha.... i actually did this a good while back. the difference was that i put few small strips under my speaker holes, also. its great for decorating and personalizing your DS, especially if your artistic AND prone to changing your mind. ;D and it also applies pretty good to the colored versions as well. (think metallic sharpies on a black ds.....)

StaneStane (author)cali_mrtnz2009-01-01

Yay, thanks. You are one of the rare persons who got the proper idea of this thing. .-D

cali_mrtnz (author)StaneStane2009-01-02

no problemo.
i also use scotch tape to protect stickers and writing (like initials on my game cartridges), to make sure that they'll stay on.

I also noticed that you have PLAY ZELDA written on the cover of your DS.
!@$# YEAH!
i have phantom hourglass and a link to the past. XD

StaneStane (author)cali_mrtnz2009-01-03

Yeah, Zelda was what I was playing at the time. I meant to do a proper instructible on moding DS, with decals and selfadhesive foil and acrylic colors and whatnot... but still day job prevents me... :-(

T3hpw9ag3 (author)2008-03-16

dude don't post that things are steampunk when they aren't. By the way, what happened to the - key on the rating, now its only +

StaneStane (author)T3hpw9ag3 2008-04-04

Writing by analog means is as steampunk as it gets bro. SP is not just brass decoration, it's doing stuff the old way.

rocksalt2342 (author)StaneStane2008-05-04

steampunk refers to a fantasy era that uses steam powered machines.

StaneStane (author)rocksalt23422008-05-05

A bit narrow minded definition, wouldn't you think?

rocksalt2342 (author)StaneStane2008-05-05

I just think its more appropriate to call this old fashioned than steampunk

Sgt.Waffles (author)rocksalt23422008-06-14

Indeed. *puffs pipe*

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