Laptop Caddy Tutorial

The magazine rack to laptop caddy was super duper easy and SUPER popular. Apparently we all have laptop “crap”.

Yay! It’s not just me!

So, here is how I transformed my Goodwill magazine rack into a laptop caddy.

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My first step was painting . I used red because I have my samples from my front door and would like to use it up…plus, I’m just feeling the “red” lately. Love the “pop”.

The harlequin pattern….well, I didn’t even know it was called harlequin until your comments, so I won’t pretend there was a major love thing going on there. I just wanted to test out a pattern. I even thought the pattern was called “diamonds”. Yep, there goes my HGTV chances……. : )

So, I will make this simple.

My first step was measuring the base of my pattern.

I knew I wanted my lines as even as possible. I also knew that if I painted them, my shaky hands may make the lines look really crappy….so, for my black “painted” outline…..I got fancy and used a sharpie marker and a ruler.

You seriously cannot tell it was “painted” with a sharpie.

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I was “winging” it here. Working off my first three evenly spaced dots along the base and then kept evenly cris-crossing. My method took about two minutes but I am sure it is not perfect.

Here are some free harlequin patterns and even a harlequin calculator that I found by googling.
I just glanced at them, to see if they would work for you guys.

They made my eyes roll back in my head but I know you will have the patience and understanding to use them! One of these days I will be smart enough to use those wonderful tutorials and not just “wing it”.
Here you go:

Once my black lines were ready….I filled in with gold leaf. I wasn’t worried about perfection because I knew I would be distressing it.

Sorry for the blur, my photographer hubby cannot focus for the life of him.  
Bless his heart….before I kill him. : )

After the gold leaf was filled in, I traced back over my black lines to neaten everything up a tad.

Then distressed away.

This is one place where I originally messed up. I was going to apply a stain to the red to darken it a bit but did not remember that stain + gold leaf = This…….

 No gold leaf left. Stain wipes the gold leaf away, which also let the “messy” sharpie show itself rather proudly……

I actually should have remembered this, because it happened with the gold leaf from my green table when I applied stain then.

But I didn’t.


I just re-painted the gold leaf right back over and lightly sanded again. It looked fine and you couldn’t tell at all.

I didn’t even really think of padding the caddy until my daughter suggested it. I’m so bad about plopping mine anywhere. So, I did take that extra and smart step.

My padding was simple and there a quite a few other options that could be used as well.

I just used what I had on hand. I had pipe cleaners from an old science project of my sons and I had felt.

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I just glue gunned two pipe cleaners along the top edge of both sides of the caddy, so four pipe cleaners total. It created a “bumper” of sorts. Then I just cut felt and glue gunned it along the base.

Padding accomplished. The pipe cleaners worked because it is what I had but one other “on hand” ingredient I had, that you might have, are the “felt” pieces that go under chairs to prevent scratching on hardwood floors.

You could space those along the top edge of the caddy to prevent the laptop from hitting the wood.

It truly was that simple.

I thought about making this sound a little fancier but I truly do not want to scare you off of these projects. I used what I had on hand. I eyeballed the majority of it and if I can transform this…..

To this….. in less than an hour….

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I know you can too.

My sister came up with a great idea for her caddy, that she shared in the comments. She is going to place her surge protector in her caddy so that only one cord has to come out. Less cords for her babies to grab.

That is a reminder for you guys to read the comments. Some of you leave some awesome tips and ideas in your comments. My oriental salad post has some AWESOME variations of the oriental salad recipe.

I LOVE that you guys do this and am humbled that you TAKE the time to do this.

Share your ideas and thoughts. I love them!

Don’t forget to check out the free printable patterns that are available…..if the eyeballing is not for you.

I won’t be mad….for real.

Easy enough?

Any more questions?

Let me know!



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5 thoughts on “Laptop Caddy Tutorial

  • February 21, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    This is such an awesome idea. My hubby is constantly plopping my laptop willy nilly all over the place. I have a magazine rack that is currently corralling tube of wrapping paper. Now will you do a project for wrapping paper storage ha ha.
    Jamie Rowe

  • February 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial…I just have to find my caddy! Your sister had a great idea…I would like to only have one cord coming out of mine, too. Thanks for sharing…as always-I love your blog & all of your stories & ideas. Have a blessed day!

  • February 21, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Funny thing…I’ve got 4 or 5 of these in my garage with a number of ideas waiting for them, this is one of them! Thanks for helping me see I’m not nutso! I’ll link to yours when I blog about mine!

  • February 22, 2012 at 6:05 am

    I am going to use mine as a book holder for my granddaughters when I give them a Christmas book-per-day during the month of December next year- an Advent calendar of sorts.

  • February 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    That’s just as cute as can be…you did a really great job on it, too.
    I linked up to follow…come follow me back and maybe we will meet in the middle and you can help me make a laptop caddy. :)))
    xo bj


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