DIY Project: Bling Laptop Skin! Making my laptop stand out in the crowd

With various trips and bloggy events coming up I was looking for a way to make my laptop stand out in the sea of other laptops. I was looking around online to find something different and unique and stumbled upon a laptop skin that had rhinestones on it. The problem was the price! It was eary expensive and definitely not in my budget so I set out to recreate a blinged out skin for my laptop but a little more budget friendly. Below are the steps I took to create my fabulous, blinged out laptop skin:

Step 1: Gather your Tools

Needle Nose Pliers
E-6000 glue
Clear Contact Paper
X-Acto Knife
Loose Rhinestones (from the Craft Store)
Extra Charms or Jewels if you would like

Step 2: Apply Contact Paper to Device

I was a little worried and scared that applying rhinestones directly to the surface of my device would damage it. So I opted to apply a layer of contact paper first to act as a barrier. One could even use an old vinyl laptop skin they might already have.

To get the right fit of contact paper onto my device. I first measured and cut out the contact paper slightly larger than my device. Applied it, smoothing out any bubbles. Then with an X-Acto Knife I used it to go around the edge of the device….very carefully! We don’t want to scratch the surface or ourselves for that matter. I opted just to do a simple rectangle because I found the the contact paper didn’t like to stick to rounded corners too well.

Step 3: Apply the Rhinestones

This is where the fun part comes in and also the part that will take the most amount of time and patience. With a toothpick, spread a small square of E-6000 glue onto the contact paper that is applied to the device. Spread the glue around evenly with the toothpick. With a pair of tweezers, place each individual rhinestone into place. Keep doing this in sections until the entire device is how one would like it. Do not apply glue in a large area because by the time you get to the end of the large section the glue will have already dried and one can’t stick rhinestones to dried glue :P

I worked on this on and off for about a week until it was completely done. I also allowed it to dry for about a day before I began using it again.

Show off your Finished Product and ENJOY IT!

I think I may perhaps love my lappy now more than ever before not only because its functional for work and stuff but because it is completely unique and original to me. I know that my laptop is definitely going to stand out in the crowd now :)

For those of you that are wondering how I created my blog logo to glue on top of the rhinestones. I followed this tutorial on how to make a logo using Shrinky Dink Printer Paper that I found via Tip Junkie.

Disclosure: please perform all crafts at your own risk. I can not verify that applying glue, contact paper, or any other thing to any electronic device will not mess it up, decrease it’s value, or ruin it for good. I am not an expert. I just wanted to share this fun craft project that I recently did in my own life. This worked for me, but it may not produce the same results for someone else.



  1. April 23, 2011 / 7:47 pm

    Very shiny and totally unique! A little too glittery for me, but I may take the basics and run with it. No problems with the contact paper coming off, so far? My laptop has a non-sticker friendly diamond pattern but my Chromebook could use some decoration.

    • April 23, 2011 / 10:32 pm

      Yes, it is very shiny and I LOVE IT! *big grin* No I haven't had any problems with the contact paper coming off just yet, its been a couple of weeks so far I think. I also haven't tried taking the contact paper/rhinestones off of the laptop so I don't know how that will be until I decide to change the design. I'd love to know your ideas and how you plan to decorate your chromebook.

  2. April 28, 2011 / 10:46 am

    This is so fun! But I think you have a tad bit more patience than I do. . .

    • July 26, 2011 / 11:56 pm

      Oh how fun! I'll definitely come over and check it out. And yes I do agree contact paper is some good stuff ;)

  3. January 16, 2012 / 10:57 pm

    Hi can you tell us where exactly you bought all of your supplies from?
    Thanks : )

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