Arts & Crafts

DIY Washi-taped Keyboard

Just recently, I was without Internet for two weeks. For a country where a lot of BPO companies conduct business, we sure do have sucky, local customer service *coughPLDTcough*. For most, two weeks without Internet is like a death sentence, but for me it was like rehab. I had Internet on my phone (however slow *coughGLOBEcough*) so it wasn’t that bad. Also, being (partially) disconnected from the online world gave me a chance to start on things I had previously been putting off. Like washi-taping my keyboard.

I got the idea from Minifanfan who seems to have started the trend. I’ve been meaning to washi my keyboard ever since, but only when you’re Internet-less and bored do you get around to doing things you keep putting off.

I used MT brand washi tape which I am partial to– they are the original manufacturers of washi tape. Their tapes have a nice texture (other brands of washi tape don’t), they had nice designs that weren’t tacky, and the tapes had just the right amount of stickiness. And good to know: MT brand washi tape and the keys of my Apple wireless keyboard are of the same width.

I started out by cutting strips of tape and measuring the length of my keyboard keys with a ruler, then marking lengths along the tape.

Then I cut each strip…

…and carefully applied it on to the keys.

Easy enough.

It took me 2-3 days to finish the entire keyboard because OMG it’s so boring. Snooze-fest. I couldn’t sit still long enough to finish it in one sitting.

You can barely see it in the pictures but some of my tapes have a metallic finish.

A common question about taping your keyboard is: “How will you know what key you’re pressing?” Well, as you can see, washi tape is translucent so the keyboard letters should still show up underneath.

Isn’t it puh-retty?!

If you’re looking to do the same (we all should have non-boring keyboards!) and wondering where to buy washi tape, you can get it from Heima or Hey Kessy if you’re in the Philippines. If you’re overseas, check out Etsy or Cute Tape.

UPDATE, August 11, 2013: I removed the washi tapes from my keyboard about six months after. I don’t know if it’s my grubby hands or what, but over time, the tape gets sticky and collects dirt and grime. Eww. Really disgusting. I simply removed the tapes and scrubbed the keyboard with wet wipes and they were as good as new.