Reverse Engineer: Monitors All Felt Up

Reverse Engineer: Monitors All Felt Up

Sonia Zjawinski
Apr 14, 2008


Welcome to Reverse Engineer, where we look at projects people have done and figure out how to recreate them, and in some instances, improve upon them.

Ever since I saw the above laptop sleeves two years ago I've been obsessed, but I've never done anything about it. One reason is that the only way to buy them is to email the French twins who make them, and well I'm intimidated by les français. The other is that while I think they're cute on MacBooks, I'd much rather have one made for my desktop monitor. The last reason is that I think we can improve on this design, making the felt sleeves both fashionable and functional.

How you ask? By making the felt frame into a bulletin board...

Ever try to stick a Post-It note on your monitor frame only to find them laying on your desk or floor a few minutes later? Yea, I thought so. For some reason Post-Its have a hard time sticking to monitors. I don't know if it's the heat emanating from them that softens up the sticky substance or if the material used in most monitor frames just isn't Post-It friendly, but the two items just don't work together.

Sure you can use the Stickies application on your computer, but then your reminders and to do lists get lost behind app windows and well, lose their raison d'être.

So my thinking is you can easily create your own über cute creature frame that doubles as a message holder. All you need is:

  • Natural Cork Roll
  • Felt of your choice
  • Glue Gun
  • Cardboard (roughly two inches larger than your monitor on all sides)
Tomorrow Wednesday we'll start the project together.

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