Make you own custom remote control for your project

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

Make you own custom remote control for your project

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

Make you own custom remote control for your project
Make you own custom remote control for your project

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

Make you own custom remote control for your project
Make you own custom remote control for your project

Remove the original sticker.

Step 4: Scan it

Make you own custom remote control for your project
Make you own custom remote control for your project
Make you own custom remote control for your project

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

Make you own custom remote control for your project
Make you own custom remote control for your project
Make you own custom remote control for your project
Make you own custom remote control for your project

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

Make you own custom remote control for your project

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

Make you own custom remote control for your project

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

Make you own custom remote control for your project

I used double sided tape sliced in thin pieces.

Step 9: Done!

Make you own custom remote control for your project
Make you own custom remote control for your project
Make you own custom remote control for your project
Make you own custom remote control for your project

There you have your own custom designed remote control, for your very own purpose.

 
 

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