Have you seen this DIY roundup with the gorgeous washi tape keys from Brit & Co? It’s so inspirational! I had to try it, especially when we had visitors in town last week. There was a pretty absurd number of Apple computers laying around the apartment, to the point where I picked up the wrong computer several times! I needed a way to distinguish my computer. Why shouldn’t mine be tricked out, anyway? It was unacceptable that I hadn’t already made my computer look cool.
I wanted to try the keyboard DIY, but I immediately had an issue. My computer is silver with black keys, instead of the white keys on the Brit & Co computer. Not all washi tape shows up very well on the back keys, so I had to go in search of more opaque tape. I found that metallic finishes shows up really well. Also, 15 mm width tape is perfect for my keys, so it might work for yours also?
I found that the best method is to measure the keys, then cut the length of tape to match. It’s really hard to cut straight lines once the tape is on the keys.
Once I was done with the keys, I was hooked. I had so many fun patterns of tape that didn’t show up on the black keys, so I moved on to the top of the computer. I found 3 tape patterns that worked really well together, and created a plaid pattern with them. And I LOVE it! I makes me smile every time I reach for the computer.
What you need:
Assorted washi tape. If you have black keys or a black computer lid, pick really opaque or metallic colors.
For the keys:
Measure a key. Cut a length of tape to the corresponding measurement. Carefully position in the center of the key. Repeat with as many keys as you want. I covered a random arrangement of keys, but if you’re feeling ambitious you could do all of them.
For the computer lid:
Find a few tapes that work well together. Layer straight lines of tape on top of each other into a plaid pattern, trimming at the edges. You can lift a line that you’ve already laid down to put another printed tape piece underneath it, making the plaid design more intricate. That’s one of the great things about washi tape: you can life and reapply the tape without losing its adhesiveness since none of the glue is left behind!