Transparent Monitor Noticeboard




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I like to write down notes, post its, have important business cards on my desk, maybe even pictures of relatives or a sticker from a company I like and follow. I think a lot of people used to stick this kind of stuff on their cubicle walls, but more and more cubicles are disappearing and we are left with open spaces and open work areas with not so many places to put your personal and your important stuff on sight.

This really easy instructable shows how to cheaply ($2 or so) make your own clean and transparent noticeboard that you can stick in the back of your monitor screen and have extra space to stick relevant stuff, reminders and whatever you like, even magnetic stuff using a small piece of metal behind, in front of you. If you have a laser cutter you can also cut your company logo, your coworker's name or any nice patterns in the acrylic and give them away to all your friends, coworkers or employees.

Your will need:

- A piece of acrylic plastic (in some places this may be called plexiglas) I like transparent for the clean look but you can use colored ones. I was able to get a leftover piece of acrylic in a shop that makes commercial signs for less than $2! I used a 3mm thick piece and depending on the size of your monitor you can make it around 35cm high x 20cm wide.

- Scissors

- Sandpaper

- Tape

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Step 1: Cut Corners and Use Sandpaper to Soften the Rounded Corners

Use a pair of scissors to cut small pieces in the corners to make it look round. I like rounded corners better, it looks much better. Alternatively you can also leave the corners as they are. If you cut them round, you will need to use sandpaper to soften the acrylic to have a better finishing.

Step 2: Stick Noticeboard to Your Monitor

Next you can place your noticeboard in the back of your monitor. I simply used electrical tape to stick in, but you can use other kinds of tape. I think you can also use small pieces of self adhesive velcro attaching one piece to the monitor and one to the noticeboard, it will also look good from the back.

Step 3: And You Are Done!

That's it, now you can stick anything you like to your new noticeboard, you will probably be the envy of your coworkers :)



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    12 Discussions


    3 years ago

    a really good tip for mounting tne panel is using the VESA holes on the back of your monitor, but a longer panel may be needed, also, don't forget to put washers or rubber spacers so you don't damage the mounting holes of your monitor ;)

    sorry for the late reply, I was travelling :) You can stick it to the monitor in many ways, some temporary some more permanent. Temporary ways would be using duct tape. I used black electrical tape used to tie electrical cables, but any strong tape will do. Another semi permanent way would be using velcro stickers, those you stick one part on a surface and the other part on the other surface. A permanent way would be using your favorite glue. Hope it helps


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    If you used Velcro, or any other type of double sided tape, you wouldn't need to cut the notch shape. Just stick a piece of plastic to the backside of the monitor, and you're done.


    4 years ago on Step 3

    Is there a limit to the size of the glass that will stick?

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    You can set your own limit, as long as you can stick it in the back :) You could also use a piece that surrounds the whole monitor on all 3 sides (right, left and top), not on just one side as I did, you will also have more places where to stick it or tape it to the monitor


    4 years ago

    That is one super neat idea, thanks for sharing, I'm definately making one asap.
    One question: when you push a stickie on the plexiglass - is the bond strong enough to hold it in place?

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! yes, it's strong enough, you can try different methods to make it more stable too, you could even apply glue, but as long as you use tape at different points in the back it will be ok.

    It looks like the computer has a thought bubble, which I think is really cool! Thanks for sharing!


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    thanks! plexiglas is a nice material to work with, you could even extend this small panel to the lower part of the monitor, bend it using heat and use it to place important business cards, drawing pens or other office supplies