Thursday, December 27, 2018

Key fob button protector (so you won't mash a button when you don't mean to)

We have a family member, who will remain nameless, who accidentally bumps buttons on his key fobs with undesirable, and sometimes unknown, consequences. I went searching for key fob covers/protectors and found they were all very large and needed two hands to operate. So today I made one. It works so well that I made several for other family members, too. Here's how to do it.
Materials to make a key fob cover
Gather these supplies:
  • A thin plastic flexible cutting board (they are sold in multi packs)
  • A ruler.
  • Scissors.
  • Sharp paring knife.
  • Paper clip.
  • Self stick Velcro buttons.

I made a prototype first with paper to get the right dimensions and test it out.

Simple homemade key fob cover
Then I just cut a length of the cutting board with the scissors, made a slit with the knife for the ring on the top of the fob, slid a paper clip through the ring, used the paper clip to pull the ring through the slit, folded the plastic around the fob, positioned the Velcro buttons, rubbed the Velcro buttons on firmly (using the handle of the scissors against the table, not the fob), and it was finished! Make it any color you want.
Another view of finished key fob covers

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