DIY Colorful MacBook Washi Tape Keyboard Tutorial

Hi friends!
Mr. Granola recently got me the new MacBook Air so I could blog anywhere and be one of the cool kids with a Mac.  Transitioning from a PC, it took me awhile to get acquainted, but like they say, "Once you go Mac, you don't go back!"

Here's a step by step tutorial of this and this keyboard I've been swooning over for months:

1) Purchase various colors of washi tape.  I had no idea what washi tape even was until I looked into this DIY project.  It's basically thin (usually sheer) paper masking tape from Japan.  They come in all kinds of fun colors, prints, and even different widths.  I purchased mini rolls from Etsy; a) because of budget and b) because that's just a whole lotta tape!

Cute washi tape options:  here and here

2) The width of most of the wash tape fits exactly in width to the keyboard keys.  I did not use a ruler at all.  I literally, eyeballed the tape and cut it into squares.  There is a lot of tape to practice on and maybe you're more of a precise DIY'er, but for me, I literally just winged it!

3)  Like I said, without doing any measurements, you can pretty much guestimate the length needed.  Checking out the close up pic below, you can definitely see some variation from key to key.

4)  To prevent lifting, I purchased this amazing keyboard cover from Amazon.  I've tried many silicone keyboard covers for various laptops, but hands down this is the best cover for this project.

5) Once the keyboard cover is set, you are  GOOD TO GO!  And that's pretty much it!

Here are some pics with the clear keyboard cover on top:

Exact keyboard cover:

I have a backlit keyboard with black keys and I think the tape looks fine.  During the day, you may need to double check your icons if you don't have every single key memorized.  As for me, it's probably just because I'm new to Mac and will eventually get better acquainted with the keyboard shortcuts.

Of course this project would work perfect for white keys too.

Feel free to leave a comment if you've done this or have any questions.


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