Here’s how to make an iPad with an Etch-A-Sketch and Christmas lights

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Ever wonder how Apple makes iPads? It’s not too complicated, at least not according to Conan O’Brian’s Team Coco. In a new Do-It-Yourself video, host Matt Walsh takes you through the process in less than three minutes. Instead of silicon, aluminum, and glass, Walsh uses common household items like an Etch-A-Sketch, acid, Christmas lights, and cake.

Of course, the first step is the screen. Walsh uses the tried and true children’s toy Etch-A-Sketch instead of a Retina display. Then, he explains how to make a motherboard to power the device using cables from your TV or old speaker wires, depending on what you’ve got lying around the house.

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For app notifications, you’ll need a string or two of Christmas lights, which will illuminate when you get emails and whatnot. Walsh says that if you’re big on apps, you should add more than one string of lights.

He then adds peanut butter, cake, acid, and other truly random ingredients to the mix, which he promptly places in a pillow case, mixes, and leaves to “ferment” like wine for 12 hours. Just like any good DIY host, Walsh doesn’t make you wait that long, though and brings out the finished product: a beautiful, black iPad from Apple, all covered in peanut butter and pieces of wet chocolate cake. Mmmmm.

Walsh unceremoniously cleans it off and then it’s all over. Now that you know just how simple it really is to make an iPad, will you go out and buy the upcoming iPad Air 2?


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