April 27, 2012 9:53 am

Crafting with Jamielyn–How to Make Really Cool Laptop Covers At Home

Jamielyn is the founder and managing editor of iheartnaptime.net. She is married to he  best friend and together they have two beautiful children just under two years apart. Her days are filled with lots of snuggles, crafts, e-mails, avoiding the ever-growing pile of laundry, play dough, sneaking bites of chocolate and wondering, “Is it nap time yet?!” I Heart Nap Time is a creative site sharing DIY home projects on a budget, crafts, sewing tutorials, easy recipes, tips and techniques. Connect with Jamielyn on Facebook or Twitter.

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Every few years, I find myself wanting a new laptop. There is always something new and better that comes out on the market. With technology, it’s amazing how fast things are changing.

Well, a new PC isn’t always in the budget, so what do I do? I decided to bring some life back into my PC with a little makeover. I love how it turned it. Today I’m going to show you how to turn your PC from drab to fab!

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With kids who love to play games on my laptop, the front of my PC gets finger prints and scratches all over it. So, the first step to bring some life back into my computer was to clean it. I cleaned it with a little rubbing alcohol and Q-Tips. You can drag the Q-Tip between the keys and in between the cracks. Once you are done with that, your computer will be sparkling clean.

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Then I decided to add some fun patterned tape to the front of my computer. You can find patterned tape (also known as washi tape) at cutetape.com, Target, Michaels, and other craft stores. It comes in all sorts of colors, patterns, and sizes. It costs about $2 a roll.

All I did was roll the tape across the top of my lap top, pushing it down as I went and then cut it off at the edge. I continued my way down with different colors and patterns to give my computer a fun and unique look. This tape will not leave a sticky residue on your computer, which is great for someone like me who changes her mind quite often.

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I also added a little piece of tape on my space bar to brighten up the inside. I thought about adding it to every key, but that might have been a little time consuming. I love how it turned out. For less than 10 bucks, I now have a completely customized laptop that gets me lots of compliments at Star bucks.

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Here are some other ideas I thought would be fun to dress a lap top:

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Add a zebra computer skin from Etsy.

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Customize your computer with a picture of your family. Find these at Dino Direct.

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I {heart} My PC decal from Dezign.

Jamielyn is a participant in the Windows blogging program, and receives Microsoft software, hardware, and financial compensation as part of her participation in the program.