March 17, 2014
Arissa Ha

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I’ve been lusting after Henrietta’s marble-print MacBook Pro ever since I saw it on her Instagram. Of course, white marble is not really our style so I decided to make a black version of her now-famous MacBook Pro.
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Here’s what you need:
● Marble-print wallpaper stickers. I got mine here. (If you are unsure of how to purchase from Taobao, please read our tutorial here!)
● A MacBook Pro (or any other laptop really)
● Lint-free cloth
● Sharp craft knife (or as Lego movie puts it “blade of exact zero”)
● Hair dryer [not pictured]

Before you begin, it’s important to give the surface that you are working on a good clean to prevent dust from creating bumps. Use wet wipes to clean off any dirt and oil and dry it with the lint free cloth before starting on this project.

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Start by peeling off the wallpaper sticker from its back and adhering it to a corner of your MacBook Pro. Use the lint-free cloth to work your way out. Your goal is to stick the wallpaper sticker and prevent any air bubbles. The wallpaper sticker is pretty strong so you can always peel it off and work on that area again. However, doing this repeatedly may introduce dust and dirt and they are much harder to remove. Slow and steady wins the race.

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After you are done with covering the entire top of the MacBook Pro, use a hairdryer to heat up the corners while slowly pulling it downwards so that you are able to cover the curved edge without creating folds. The heat from the hairdryer will melt and warp the wallpaper stickers so that they fit snugly around the edges. Do the same for all four corners.

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Use the craft knife to cut along the edge of the screen. Go around the entire laptop carefully. Remember that this is not a race and quality work takes time!

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After you are done slicing through the edges, the laptop should open nicely. Open it slightly to allow the Apple logo to light up so that you can use the craft knife to cut away the wallpaper sticker that is covering the logo.

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Et voila! Your very own marble-print Macbook Pro is now ready!

Please feel free to share this tutorial but remember to credit us! We would love to hear suggestions from you as well so do leave us a comment below!

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19 Responses to “How To Make Your Own DIY Marble-Print MacBook”

  1. kiras says:

    this looks beautiful!! did you have any problems with overheating afterwards (looks like you also covered the bottom half as well). thank you for the tutorial!

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    Arissa replied on

    Hey Kiras!

    The bottom was covered as I pulled down the sticker to ensure it sticks to the edges properly. After I cut around the screen, the remaining sticker is discarded so only the top has the marble-print sticker. Hope this clears things up! :) Thanks for reading.

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  2. Lenne says:

    Omg props on this tutorial! I’d be too terrified to try it out with my clumsy butter fingers, but this is such a fantastic DIY idea 😀

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    Arissa replied on

    Thanks bb! I have some of ’em stickers left. Let me know if you wanna play with them.

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  3. Miru W. says:

    I was having trouble finding a cover that catches match my aesthetic for my Macbook pro and smart phone, and this black marble one seems just the right one. I will try to do this over spring break! Great tutorial!

    -From a consistent reader of your blog, Miru-

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    Arissa replied on

    Thanks for your support! We hope you can find the right marble sticker. Maybe your local hardware store would stock some too. :)

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  4. Ang says:

    How hard is it to take the sticker off again? Any trouble with glue sticking to the top?

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    Arissa replied on

    Hey! It’s not hard at all and any residual glue can be taken off by using the sticker.

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  5. Sharon says:

    Hi!!! I saw it on designlykke and was wonderingg where to get the wallpaper! Glad I came across your website.

    You think it would work if I stick the sticker over a hard case instead of the macbook itself? Cant bear to risk sticking and cutting on my mac :p

    Love
    Sharon

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  6. Sharon says:

    Hi!!! I saw it on designlykke and was wonderingg where to get the wallpaper! Glad I came across your website.

    You think it would work if I stick the sticker over a hard case instead of the macbook itself? Cant bear to risk sticking and cutting on my mac :p

    Thanks!!

    Love
    Sharon

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  7. Deb says:

    Hi babe! This looks really nice!! Just a question, will cutting of the edges and the apple logo scratch the unprotected surface of your macbook?

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    Arissa replied on

    Hi Deb,

    Sorry for the late reply. The idea is to slice through the grooves in between the plastic Apply logo and the metal surface so it wont scratch the surface of the MacBook. Hope this helps!

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  8. Jennifer says:

    I love the black marble. I ended up finding mine at http://www.uniqfind.com

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  9. Caroline says:

    Hey :)
    I have tried this, but my edges doesn’t get as pretty as yours?
    How much heat do you put on? slowly heating it or quick?

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    Arissa replied on

    Hi Caroline! You need to apply the heat with the hairdryer and really pull it wayyyy past the edges so they can adhere properly. Don’t worry about it warping too much but be careful about tearing the wrapping. Hope this helps!

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  10. jackie says:

    Hi! I just stumbled across your blog looking for marble print tutorial.. great stuff and very inspiring! I dont have taobao unfortunately.. If you want to get rid of the remaining stickers.. I am happy to buy it off you.. let me know :) thanks

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    Arissa replied on

    Heya Jackie,

    I do have plenty of stickers left but I don’t think shipping them adhoc is a good idea as they do get crumpled quite easily.

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    jackie replied on

    Hi Arissa, Thank you for your replies 😀 If you don’t mind meeting at a station and we can deal there? ^^ If you can please name a price, place and time? You have every right to say No if its not convenient for you though.. Let me know~

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  11. Maya says:

    this is such an amazing idea!!!
    is a self adhesive sticker ok?

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