I did a project that used an arduino and a IR remove library to control a couple things.
So in this instructable I show how you can repurpose a remote control to your on purpose.
And you don't need anything fancy to make a good looking remote control.
It just depends on your graphics skills :)
Step 1: Choose a remote control
This control was from some old CD player. I wanted to repurpose it to other project of mine. But I just needed a few buttons, so I choose a fairly small remote control.
Step 2: Removing some buttons
Originally I it had 6 buttons, but I only needed 3, so I removed the extra buttons.
Just tear it down, and pop of the buttons you don't want, and put it back together again.
Some remote controls have a silicon membrane instead of had buttons in that case just use a scissors and cut around then. Cut around the base and not the top of if it in case you want to reuse that button later, you can just put it back in place, and case should keep it in its place.
Step 3: Remove the sticker
Remove the original sticker.
Step 4: Scan it
Just used my scanner to scan it at 600dpi and saved it as png.
The quality isn't really important here. We are just using it to make our life easier, because if we don't change the dimensions everything will be at scale.
I choose 600dpi because that is the maximum resolution that my printer is capable of printing on paper. So we will have a 600dpi image to work on top. The scanner could scan in higher resolution but, that means resizing would be require to print it later.
Step 5: Design your own layout on top
Use any editing program of your preference and build your own design on top of the existing image.
Once you're done, hide the scanned picture layer.
Step 6: Print it
I printed it on standard A4 paper on high quality setting.
Cover it with tape to make it look better and be more durable.
Step 7: Cut the holes
I used scissors to cut the sides. With a sharp blade and precise hands cut the button holes.
My first attempt it didn't worked well, because my xacto knife tip wasn't sharp enough to cut the paper.
Step 8: Stick it
I used double sided tape sliced in thin pieces.
Step 9: Done!
There you have your own custom designed remote control, for your very own purpose.