Ipod Temporary Tape Decals




Make your own decals for ipods, laptops, virtually any flat sufaces with some packaging tape and magazine pics

make your ipod as unique on the outside as it is on the inside in this world full of sameness!!!

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Step 1: Materials

-clear packaging tape
-magazine pics you would like to work with
-large bowl of sorts

Step 2: Find a Picture or Graphic

page thru your magazines (yes it has to be magazines) as find pictures of graphic you would like to have on your ipod and cut out

i like to use interesting pictures but cool graphics and animation will look just as awesome!

Step 3: Tape

take a piece of packeging tape and stick on to desired picture as smoothly as possible. This process may cause wrinkle in the paper is not done carefully. Small bubbles may be smoothed out by spreading it with you fingers towarads the edge

after the tape is on the image smoothly trim the edges with the scissors

Step 4: Soak

drop the taped picure in your bowl of water and let is sit there for at least 5 minutes

it is normal for the picture to curl up in the water

Step 5: Rubba Dub Dub

after 5 minutes the water will have loosened up the paper a bit but the ink has already been transferred to the tape. while still wet, slowly and gently rub the paper off the tape until all that it left is the tape.

make sure you get off ALL of the paper so the tape will be able to stick

let the tape image dry on a paper towel and discard the water and the pulppy leftover paper.

Step 6: Stick On

after the tape has dryed it shuld still have a bit of adhesive on it and will be able to stick on most clean flat surfaces. make sure its a little damp for best results in stickyness.

if it doesnt stick right away put a little water on the back. it should revive the adhesive and should dry once you stick it on

make sure to press hard on dont forget to smooth our any bubbles. the edges or the most important for a good stick

I put mine on my ipod mini because it fits perfectly. it also works on motorola razrs.

Step 7: Enjoy You Finished Costomized Ipod/whatever

now you have your finished product. bueatiful huh? the best part is you can change it whenever you want!!!

note that when you decide to take the tape off you ipod/flat surface it may leave some sticky gunk or transferred ink. this can be taken off with some patient rubbing with soap and a little water. Dont get it too Wet!

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    71 Discussions


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Probably.  But you have to be careful, and it'd be very difficult.

    Firstly, you'll need a big enough picture and a big enough bowl to soak it in.
    You'll also have a lot of trouble getting an even rub-off, etc.

    Logically, It should work on a laptop if it works well on an iPod.


    9 years ago on Step 6

    I love this idea.. but do you have any tips on rubbing the paper off more evenly?  The image turns out a little blotchy.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    tryed this lastnight. worked pretty well,  wasnt as succesfull transfer of the ink as i hoped and had trouble with sticking to my zune.


    12 years ago

    *with Pictures* totally awesome ill do this with my phone Ipod? Shame on you, youre just handing money over to apple!(hope no flame for that)

    10 replies

    Reply 12 years ago

    Like there's something wrong with buying quality merchandise? Go ahead and buy the cheap quality MP3 players and support WalMart instead. Your protest will go unnoticed. This is a great idea for customizing a great product.


    Reply 12 years ago

    Just because you spent $200 more than you should of doesn't mean you're getting "quality". Ipods have been known to be the poorest built of all mp3 players. The screen and batteries are shit.


    Reply 12 years ago

    And all you are buying with an ipod is an expensive fad.


    Reply 12 years ago

    i do think ipods are a little overpriced but mine works great and it is very durable


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     someone talking sense. Apple makes grerat quality products.. they are great - if you can afford them. For the money though, other mp3's can be a better deal... i have an iPod  touch and it's great, but I had to save for a LOOOOOOONNG time... 


    Reply 12 years ago

    funny you should say that, because I've heard very very few problems with iPods that are hardware based. And not very many about the software either. What do you propose we use instead of iPods? Because I think that the iPod is the best mp3 player on the market, and I'm not an apple fanboy by any means.


    10 years ago on Step 7

    anybody know how to make the tape stickier after the paper comes off and it has dried.


    10 years ago on Step 7

    use warm water it works much better. and leave on for like 15 min then u can peel paper off in almost 1 peice.