DIY Cheap Laptop Skins

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Introduction: DIY Cheap Laptop Skins

About: I'm a photographer and a father. I've been married almost 10 years and have a 8 year old son and a 6 year old daughter. I like to put stuff where it doesn't belong to create even better stuff. I work for an ...

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$.

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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.

Step 2: Measuring

Measure your laptop area you would like to put the skin on.

Step 3: Printing

I used a laser printer for mine but you would be fine using any printer. I set up in photoshop so the label would center on an 8.5 x 11 sheet.

Step 4: Laminate

Now for laminating. If you don't have access its super easy to have it done at OfficeMax or Staples for very cheap. Make sure you are using a heat laminate because a cold seal just won't look as good.

Step 5: Trim to Size

Cut your skin down to the pre-measured size. After you are done lay it on top of the laptop to make sure it will fit properly. Make sure if you have any contours you need to trim out you do so now or you'll have the skin peeling up some. You can do this after you affix it if you don't care much about scratching the laptop. By cutting the label to size you've made it so you can peel off the labels from the backing and now its one big sticker with a laminated front.

Step 6: Affix the Skin

Make sure you've cleaned the surface well before you apply the skin. After you've applied the skin put a little bit of windex on paper towel and wipe down your skin firmly. This will clean and help get a good seal on the laptop.

Step 7: Finished

The final product! If you were to rely fully on a copy shop this is about a 5$ job tops for a personal durable skin for your laptop.

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    39 Discussions

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    shad0w88
    shad0w88

    10 years ago on Step 4

    afaik lamination is done on both sides.. so the backing will get covered up too, then how r we supposed to stick it??.. 

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    jeoncs
    jeoncs

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 4

    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

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    sonyato
    sonyato

    10 years ago on Step 7

    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

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    jeoncs
    jeoncs

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 7

    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.

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    Aichanrulez
    Aichanrulez

    10 years ago on Introduction

    O3O SWEEEETTTT!!!! I love The Umbrella Corporation so this would complete my obsesion!! lol

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    xenongamer
    xenongamer

    10 years ago on Step 6

    what adhesive should be used?

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    jeoncs
    jeoncs

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 6

    The labels are the adhesive when you cut it the backing peels off and the laminate stays on the outside

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    isign4u
    isign4u

    10 years ago on Step 7

    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

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    jeoncs
    jeoncs

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 7

    hey post some pics when you get it done!

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    bytehead
    bytehead

    10 years ago on Introduction

    I never though about laminating it. I'm about to do this myself, but laminating sounds good. Thanks for the tip!

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    jeoncs
    jeoncs

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    bytehead
    bytehead

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I've already got some laminate from another project. Which I probably did buy from Staples. :)

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    njdjs
    njdjs

    10 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    Juklop
    Juklop

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Holy crap, I have that same laptop. Doesn't have a battery though :( Awesome.

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    slimguy379
    slimguy379

    11 years ago on Introduction

    do you or anybody have or know of a site or place to find cool laptop designs such as yours? much appreciated

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    Tobita
    Tobita

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    Tobita
    Tobita

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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 :(