This idea came after covering my bicycle saddle with leather. I had lots of scrap leather left-over. Since I didn't like the looks of my USB flash drive, here we go.
For this instructable you need:
- an ugly USB flash drive
- some scrap leather to cover it
- impact glue
- X-Acto knife
- a ruler
- a ballpoint pen
There are not many hazards/risks with this job. Watch out what you are cutting with scissors, I know one story involving scissors where a joke ended up with death. Impact adhesives are mostly solvent based, so I advise you to do this job at a well ventilated area, or you may get high (unfortunately :-). But really, don't forget that these adhesives are carcinogenic, really.
First photo below shows the looks of my flash drive after the dress-up. The second photo is the original naked flash drive (ugllyyyy).
Step 1: Measure Twice, Cut Once.
I calculated the necessary length of the strip to wrap around, and cut it using a ruler and a utility knife.
Step 2: Glue the Leather and USB Drive Edges.
Please read all the instructions and warnings on the adhesive packaging!.. They are important stuff and there are good reasons why they are there.
Step 3: Find Out That Glue Won't Hold Shiny Surfaces.
Clean the surface with rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) to clean it from oil and grease. Re-apply the glue on the drive surface.
Step 4: Wrap the Leather Firmly Around the Drive.
Enjoy it!.. It looks much better now (in my opinion).