I made my daughter her very own kid’s laptop using items from my house and from the Goodwill pile about to make it’s way out of my house. This laptop was made from paper, stickers, a travel magnet board, an old tank-top with an empire waist tie, and an old book. The book was from a doctor’s appointment turned ER visit when a friend who lived down the road from the hospital was thoughtful enough to drop off a bag with some snacks, books, and toys to help this mom of three to occupy the time. After I got home and was going through my bag, I was about to toss this laptop shaped book in the Goodwill pile when I got an idea and decided to turn it into a fun DIY project for my 3 year old daughter. Maybe I like to be creative or maybe I just have a hard time throwing junk away. Either way, my daughter loves her laptop and pretending she is like mommy doing her “work.”
I gathered my materials, supplies, and basic tools.
- laptop shaped book
- fabric (or old shirt)
- magnet board
- white paper
- orange dot stickers
- regular stickers
- duck tape
- staple gun
- tin snips and scissors
I cut off the old handle and thread the old shirt string through the book bind to create a new handle strap.
I cut the shirt fabric just larger than the size of the book laid flat, pulled the fabric over edge, and duck taped the fabric in place on the inside of the book.
I used scissors to cut a piece of white paper to fit the bottom side of the laptop/book and covered it with sticker dots in a way that would mimic my own keyboard and glued it in place. I had one row with numbers 1 – 9, another row of 10 dots with letters Q, W, E, R, T, Y, U, I, O, P, a row of 9 dots with letters A, S, D, F, G, H, J, K, L, and finally letters Z, X, C, V, B, N, M.
I used my tip snips to cut the magnet board to cover the top side of the laptop/book and glued it in place.
I used my staple gun to staple the fabric string to the mid-point on both the top and bottom of the laptop/book in order to keep it propped up at a right-angle when opened.
I used stickers on the front cover of the finished laptop to personalize her laptop and write her name.
I made this at least 3 months ago and she still gets it out to “type” and play with every now and again and there is nothing that puts a smile on my face than seeing her enjoy playing with something I made for her myself and not a plastic toy form the store. I hope this post inspires you to get create and re-purpose your old toys and junk!