Get Crafty! DIY Washi Tape Keyboard
I want to put this tutorial under the "easy" category, and technically it is, in terms of the ease of the steps, but boy, is it tedious!
I'm already a washi tape lover so when I saw that a few other people had covered their laptop keyboards with washi tape, I was determined to do it! That was a few years ago. You see, friends, covering your keyboard with tape takes a long time. You have to individually cut every piece of tape and because nothing is that easy, not every key is the same shape either.
However this weekend I purposely didn't make plans to go anywhere so I knew I'd have lots of time for crafts.
I can't speak for other laptop brands, but Macbook keyboards are perfect for this project because the keys are perfectly flat.
Here's what you'll need:
- Washi tape, assorted colors that complement each other
- Scrap paper to make templates
- Pen or pencil
- Rubbing alcohol
- Paper towel or rag
When you pick out your washi tape, pick colors that go well with each other as well as tape that isn't translucent. As you can see in the close up shots of some of my keys, you can't see some tape over the black keys.
- Turn your laptop off and wipe down the keys with rubbing alcohol.
- Turn on some party tunes or catch up with your DVR. You'll be here awhile. Don't forget to take breaks!
- Take a scrap piece of paper and place it over one of the keys. Press down on the key with your finger, and with the other hand, trace the outline of the key with a pen or pencil. This is your key template. The alphabet, numbers, and punctuation are all the same shape. You'll have to make more template for all the other keys.
- Place the scrap paper on the sticky side of your washi tape, and cut the tape around your template.
- Carefully place the tape over your keys. You want to ensure that no tape hangs over the keys, as it can collect dust and dirt over time. It's also annoying if you type and any pieces are sticking out.
And that's it!
Only 3 keys into trying to cover my keyboard with washi tape… and I give up.
— Michelle N (@heylovedesigns) October 11, 2014
It will take a lot of time, so just keep at it and don't give up. It will all be worth it in the end when you have a super cute computer with adorable little keys!
Some tips and notes:
- I left the function keys at the top and bottom uncovered, because I am not as familiar with those keys so I wanted to be able to still read them.
- The great thing about washi tape is that it easily peels on and off. Didn't lay it correctly? Do it again! Want to move the tape to a different key? Peel that sucker off!
- When I draw the template, I also draw an arrow so I know which side is up. I realized at first I kept rotating the template without knowing it.
- Placement of the various tape patterns is totally random! All I did was make sure that the same pattern was not directly next to another key of the same pattern.
- Press down firmly on the tape to make sure it's nice and stuck on each key. This is why it's key (heh) to turn off your laptop.
Let me know if you end up doing this project. I want to see how it turns out!
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