DIY Custom Computer Case for $5

My laptop has had the same boring clear case since I got it. I figured it was time for an upgrade, but didn’t want to pay for a whole new shell when I have a perfectly good one. I’m about to tell you how I completely changed the look of my old case for under $5!

First, I went to Paper Source and picked up this wrapping paper. It is a map of Paris Monuments.

Map of Paris

Next, I put my clear case over the map to see which parts I wanted to use. I knew I wanted Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower.


After I positioned the cases, I used my craft blade to cut out the pieces I would be using. If you don’t have a craft blade, you can just trace the shape in pencil then cut it out.

After I cut out the pieces, I applied Modge Podge to the back (I attached the paper to the outside of my case) and then simply put it on the case.
I used a tool from Modge Podge to smooth out the paper from the center in order to avoid bubbling. It’s kinda like a mini-crafty-squeegee.


I let the case dry overnight (because I got distracted… You really only need to wait about an hour.)


Then I realized I wanted the grippy part on the bottom of the case exposed so my laptop wouldn’t slide around. I carefully cut around the area with my craft blade. Next time, I would do it before actually attaching the paper because I couldn’t get it quite perfect.


Finally, I applied a couple of coats of Modge Podge to the exterior of the paper, waiting a couple of hours in between coats.


I love it! I think it looks more like a cute little notebook or journal than a laptop! And the best part is that you can totally transform your old case with whatever you like for just a few bucks!


If you don’t have Modge Podge sitting around, it costs between $5-$10 and you can just get a cheapy brush to apply the glue and use a credit card to smooth out the bubbles.


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