Normally, we’d save a post like this for our DIY iPad Project spotlight. However, this project is so easy to make and such a money saver that we felt obligated to share it with you now so you can start your weekend off with a brand new, homemade iPad.
The segment comes from former Upright Citizens Brigade star Matt Walsh, who currently hosts Conan O’Brien’s “Team Coco DIY” show. In it, Walsh shows you how to make your own iPad out of household items. The project should take about a half hour to put together, but will need 12 hours to “ferment.” So, make sure you have enough time to prepare.
As described in the video, you will need some sort of monitor for the screen. Walsh uses an Etch-a-Sketch. You’ll also need some wires and a string of Christmas lights, because each bulb of the Christmas lights equals one app that you can have on your iPad. Be sure to get the longest string of lights possible for additional storage capacity.
You’ll also need a few more items from around the house, like Duck Tape, peanut butter (you know, for the conduit gel), and a half-eaten birthday cake. “The sugar catalyzes the conductive quality of the circuits,” notes Walsh.
The first thing you will do is tape the wires and Christmas lights to the Etch-a-Sketch and then tape the whole thing up with the Duck Tape. Add the peanut butter all over the top. Don’t forget to go from positive to negative. Then drop the device into a large punch bowl and mash it together with the birthday cake.
There are a few more steps in the process that we’ll let you see for yourself. We don’t want to give away the entire secret to building your iPad at home. Just remember that the fermenting process takes 12 hours and you can’t peek at it during this resting period or it won’t work.
Check out the video at the Team Coco Website to find out what happens after 12 hours.