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Monday, December 24, 2012

Custom Phone Case Tutorial

Did Santa bring you a new phone for Christmas? He did for me (a little early)!

I get bored with my cases pretty quickly, but I'm too cheap to buy more until the one I'm using breaks. A long time ago, I came across this tutorial on Pinterest to create your own custom phone cases with a clear case and scrapbook paper. Genius! I love being able to change the look of my case for mere pennies. And it only takes a few minutes and supplies. It's super easy!


1. Any scrapbook paper, or really any paper will do. I haven't tried it with wrapping paper, but I'd like to next.
2. Pencil
3. Scissors
4. Exacto Knife -- this isn't a dealbreaker, but it makes cutting the camera hole easier. I've used scissors before, and it's a little trickier to cut without ripping it, but it works just fine.
5. Something to cut on. I happen to have a cutting mat, but you don't need one. You just need something under you when cutting the camera hole, so you don't cut a gash into your table.
6. Clear phone case.

This is the case I bought at Best Buy. They had several to choose from. My only requirement was I did not want a silicone case. I bought a clear silicone case from Amazon for my iphone 4, and it eventually yellowed and looked gross. This case is from Agent 18, and is nice and thin so doesn't add bulk to my phone.

1. Trace your phone onto the back of the scrapbook paper. Before you do, take a good look at the pattern and see what you want on your phone and trace there. Don't worry about the bumps the volume buttons make. You'll just disregard them while cutting straight. I also put the clear case over my template to trace the camera hole.

2. Cut out your template.

3. Place your template into your case. It'll probably be a little big, and that's ok. Just gently push it in, and use your nail to lightly crease it. Or if you're a perfectionist, you can take it out and trim it a little. I don't mind it hanging over a tiny bit on the sides, so I don't bother.

4. While your paper is still inside the case, take your exacto knife and very carefully cut out the camera hole. You don't want to damage your case, so BE CAREFUL. Alternately, if you don't have an exacto knife, you can use one side of your scissors to do the same. Or, take the paper out and carefully cut the hole out with scissors.

You probably won't get the hole perfect in the first shot, and that's ok. I like to take the paper out and put it over the case to clean it up. This makes the rough edges go in a bit instead of sticking out of the case. Just keep cutting until you get it as clean as you want.

And that's it! Put the paper back in your case, and the case on your phone. You don't need to adhere it in any way. That's the beauty of this! You can easily take out the paper, and change it up any time you want.

This is the one I did a couple days ago, and posted to instagram. It's what prompted this tutorial. :)


  1. Replies
    1. You're welcome! Be prepared to get addicted to change your scrapbook paper often. :)

  2. Super cute!!! Great tutorial too!

  3. Oh wow! Thanks for this very wondeful idea! Im going to do this on my phone tomorrow! Cant wait to buy a scrapbook paper!


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