DIY Laptop Skins

This is a do-it-yourself where one can learn some handmade concepts with new technology. One can use a smart phone's camera and photograph something that is hand-drawn or any composition to make your own custom laptop skin. It actually is a re-positional wallpaper printed by Spoonflower and will stick to any smooth surface so you can cover your walls, notebooks, phone or laptop.

Spoonflower’s program is best designed for creating repeat patterns. One can use pre-existing images but you must have an image that requires a fixed orientation, like a standard snapshot and that will not work well as a repeat pattern. Graphic imagery and patterns work best.

Try visiting a flower shop where you can find some fun and colorful flowers. Arrange the flowers on paper and shoot them with your phone. Link these images in full resolution after the jump, can then be turned into peel and stick wallpaper. Flowers can make for an interesting repeat pattern design and your laptop will have a softer edge. It doesn't just have to be flowers though. You can do sketches, objects, doodles annual create custom peel and stick wallpaper. The possibilities are truly endless.

DIY Laptop Skins


Photo or drawing

Large poster board paper

White foam core

Repositionable wallpaper




Step one: find a photo or create your own drawing. If you choose flowers lay them on a color poster board and put this next to a window with small panels of white foam core opposite the window to help bounce the light on the subject. You want to make sure the lighting is even and bright window light is ideal. It is softer than direct sunlight, which creates harsh shadows.

Step two: edit your image using your favorite editing app. There is Afterlight and Snapseed for post processing your smart phone pictures. For an image of the drawing, you can convert the image to black and white by completely de-saturating the image using the saturation tool and bump the contrast all way up so it will look crisp and graphic. For a flower image keep the processing to a minimum, making minor tweaks to the contrast, saturation and sharpen it also. Crop all the images to the edge of the colored backdrop.

Step three: upload and order the image from Spoonflower. There are other options but this one is the most economical. Choose Wallpaper> peel and stick woven> swatch 2 x 1. One swatch can cover a 15-inch laptop. Once you upload your image, you can choose other built-in options to play with the change in the wallpaper's appearance. For example how the pattern repeats itself and design size. You can choose whatever option works best for each image.

Tip: on in the left-hand panel there is a" Edit with PicMonkey” option where you can rotate your image which can create an interesting repeat. Many of these images need to be rotated upside down to properly repeat and this is a built-in feature that does that.

Step four: once you get your wallpaper you can lay it flat and position your laptop where you want the image. Trace around your laptop and cut.

Step five: it's easy to apply as you just peel and stick. You can also reposition it if you need to adjust it. Peel one end of the paper and work from the top corner to the bottom. Stick the paper and smooth out any air pockets. Result, you got a custom laptop skin with probably enough left over to make a custom decal.