I built a little project for Christmas.
As you can hopefully see, I tried to build Father Christmasâ€™ hat as a PC case. Jep. A PC in the hat. I started to build it for Christmas last year, but it didnâ€™t turn out to good so I decided to redo it.
The whole thing started out as old piece of MDF I found in the garage. I cut all of the pieces for the frame out of it with a jigsaw. Glued and nailed them all together and when it had dried I filed and sanded it all it to shape. When I was pleased with the shape and look of the Frame I painted it red.
Next up was the hat itself. The first version was made using an old cheap Father Christmas costume. Thatâ€™s what it looked like as well by the time I was finished.
The best part was the on-off switch in the ball-ball. I glued a normal power-button into a squash ball so that when you squeeze it in your hand the PC will switch on and off. I then glued some fur around it and sewed it onto the hat.
When it was finished it looked like this:
But I wasnâ€™t really happy with the result. I wanted to redo the hat because the material looked and felt very tacky. Walking through the big Swedish furniture store I saw a red blanket, that was perfekt. It is very good quality and best of all the price is unbeatable. I still needed some fury white stuff some Velcro and some of that iron-on material to make the hat a bit stiffer. Those little bits were the most expensive parts of the casemod by far.
My girlfriend and I then worked out the cuts for the hat. She then sewed it all together, because sheâ€™s really good at it and Iâ€™m a noob at sewing. The hat still needed the strip of fur at the botton. That took a while because you can only sew that on by hand so her mum helped us out. With four hands sewing speeded it all up.
Then all I had to do was redo the On/Off switch.
It wouldnâ€™t really be something new if I didnâ€™t upgrade the hardware so I stuffed some â€œnewâ€ stuff in as well. Just the PSU is crap. The old one was way better. The new one sounds like a swarm of birds chirping away with added fan clackingâ€¦ Be replacing that one with a decent one as soon as possible.
Well this is what it looks like finished:
Thanks for reading, if you got this far! Hope you liked it a bit.
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!