Scissors & Synths

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DIY iPhone covers

There are many DIY iphone cover tutorials online. But the appeal to me was that I could recycle a piece of stripey printed packaging with the loveliest color combo (gray + yellow). For serial case changers like me, this is one way to customize your iPhone case and discourage you from buying more cases.


What you need:

  1. iPhone bumper or case with a clear back
  2. If you only have a bumper, scrap clear plastic (Thicker the better)
  3. Your design (Could be scrap printed paper, inkjet-print photo, even fabric or lace)
  4. Scissors, cutter, cutting board, puncher


Step 1: Trace and cut your template. Phone cases usually come with a cardboard insert that is already the size of your phone. Use this as your template. Trace it over the printed paper or photo and cut.


Step 2: Do the same for the plastic. Since a bumper just covers the sides of your phone, you need to cut a piece of plastic to protect your paper design. Here I’m also recycling a clear plastic box. Skip this step if you have a case with a clear back.


Step 3: Trace the hole for the camera, and cut that out for both the paper and plastic. Use a puncher for rounded corners.

Remove the bottom cover of the puncher, the thing that catches all the punched-out circles. Then turn your puncher upside down, insert the plastic/paper. This way, you will see your mark for the camera hole to make punching more precise. Use a ruler and cutter to take out the pointy excess in the middle of the hole. Or you can also cut out that entire corner.


Step 4: Place the plastic first, then your design inside the bumper. Then your phone, of course!


I printed out photos and some of my scanned artwork, too. The possibilities are endless!


And how can you not have a Grumpy Cat case?


– Jo


3 comments on “DIY iPhone covers

  1. IskatiGirl
    December 20, 2012

    Hooray on your crafty blog! 🙂 LOOOOOOVE!

    • Scissors & Synths
      December 20, 2012

      Thanks, IskatiGirl! I will wait for your dating tips blog, ok? 😀

  2. Pete Sariya
    April 25, 2013

    Actually Rocking iPhone Covers .I damaged to love this type of moveable but this is exceptional in color, shape and variety.

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