we are totally a TV couple, as in we’re not one of those couples that doesn’t allow a TV in the bedroom. we have one and it’s big and we watch it all the time. but i still don’t understand why apple tvs don’t come in white. so i decided to create an easy way to disguise the little black box sitting on the credenza. and btw, yes! apple tv remotes old and new work through the balsa wood! (not sure about roku but i have a feeling they also do)
- balsa wood at least the width and length of your device
- xacto knife
- t-square ruler
- super glue
- washi tape
01. before you bother cutting, you can test your balsa wood by just sticking it in front of your device and making sure you can still use your remote through it.
02. using your device as a guide, trace and cut the base onto your balsa wood with a pencil and your ruler. then trace and cut the three sides.
you have a few options for the size, i initially made one the size of my apple tv, but then decided to extend the depth so that it could cover the cords as well and look streamlined to the back of the cabinet.
03. carefully superglue each side to the base, not letting it drip.
04. if you want to paint the box, tape off the shape you want and wait to remove the tape after letting dry for a few hours.
you could also paint it a fun color or with a pattern if you’re into that sort of thing, or paint it whatever color your cabinet is if it’s not white. you can also stain the balsa wood if your cabinet is a different wood tone. endless options!
these were so easy to make that i made 3 in an hour. you could make one for all your friends or just all your TVs!
17 comments on “DIY streaming device cover”
This is genius and beautiful. Thanks for sharing!
This is freaking wonderful – I have a nasty aversion to cords and ugly electronic boxes, lol. Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to make one <3
-Clarissa @ The View From Here
GENIUS! THANK YOU!!
Such a brilliant idea! Love this!
Great idea! And, like you, I have no idea why the Apple TV doesn’t come in white. It would be so much better!
What a genius idea and it’s beautiful. Will be giving this a go for definite. Have a great week. Adelyn xxx
You can also hide the Apple TV device in your dresser and use the “remote control” app on your IPhone or IPad to control it.
OMG! You saved the day. I’ve been looking for a solution for my ugly DVR & cable boxes for live ever. Thank you. :)
What a genius idea! And its pretty too, like something i would actually buy and have in my room! I am about to go see if it can work for my hideously ugle wifi box, might need to leave a side open or something, but that would still look better than the big black box it is now…. (i kinda thought YOURS was gonna have an open front, when i saw what it was – pretty fab that it doesnt need it!)
Very good idea , thanks for sharing.
great, simple and useful idea.Thank you