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More than Just Wallpaper

Posted September 13, 2011 by Trader Sam

Ever feel like getting creative? Well, the wallpapers are more than just for decorating your computer’s desktop if you have a little imagination.

Many of the newer wallpapers are in high resolution, so they can be printed at a fairly large size. I use my wallpapers to create custom mouse pads (fullscreen wallpapers work best). Using my inkjet printer, I printed the images onto iron-on fabric sheets, ironed them onto blank mouse pads from Staples, and viola! I have my own custom mouse pads.

The type of fabric that I like to use is JuneTailor Iron-on Quick Fuse fabric sheets. It has a wonderful texture, and it’s very easy to work with. After a year of accumulating dirt and water stains, I decided to replace my Donald Duck pad with the new Star Tours logo. Funny. Now, I want to make more.

If that doesn’t float your boat, try customizing them to fit onto media screens, like I did with my Zune. Or, you can create your own avatars. I’ve seen plenty of those online.

What other ideas can you come up with? Share your project ideas and/or photos.

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There are 3 comments.

  • Becky:

    I like it!

    DE T-shirts come to mind. : ) A couple of years ago I made a set of personal artwork iron-ons for a canvas tote bag. Of course my DE pin goes everywhere my purse goes. : ) But it’s funny you should mention wallpapers. Ever since you put it up I’ve been thinking the “haunted castle” logo would make a great wallpaper! : )

  • Michael Holmes:

    How about a custom skin for electronics (like a laptop)? Sites like SkinIt let you upload pics if you want to create custom skins!

    • Trader Sam:

      That’s a good one! I know ZAGG offers custom-printed versions of their skins, which are military-grade that prevent scratches, scruffs, and whatnot. If you look closely, I have a clear version on my Zune.

      If anyone wants to go for a personal customized skin, go for it. Share photos. Just don’t re-selling the skins.

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