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DIY Iphone Decorative Cell Phone Case

Updated on November 1, 2012

So I recently got my first Iphone and of course being me I wanted to make it snazzy. However, when I was looking at cel phone cover prices I had a serious case of sticker shock. I found that the cel phone covers were priced ridiculously high. Personally, I have better things to spend that money on. Instead of dishing out $30.00-$40.00 for decorative cell phone cover, I found this cheap substitute online. All you need are the following materials:

  • · Exacto Knife
  • · Scissors
  • · Pencil
  • · Clear back cel phone case
  • · Scrapbook paper

This is such an easy project and takes only a few minutes. You don’t have to be experienced in crafts to do this. Now I got a cell phone case with rubber sides (because I’m a clutz) and a clear back so the scrapbook paper will be seen. I found this for a couple bucks on ebay (I’ll put some below). Now let’s get to the actual steps to create your own personalized cel cover!


1.Take your choice of scrapbook paper and lay it nice side down. Now on the plain side trace around the clear cel cover to get the basic shape.


2. Take your scissors or exacto knife (your choice) and cut out the shape.


3. Now place the paper in the case with the nice side out in the clear cover and mark with pencil where you need to use the exacto knife. Remove paper from cover. You will need to cut out where the camera is.

4. After you use the exacto knife to cut the camera hole then you can place it back into the clear case and attach it to your phone. DONE!


There you have it. Now you have an awesome cel phone cover that is unique to your personality. I got my scrapbook paper from Michaels. They have a wide range of paper from 50 cents to $2.00. Currently, my cel phone cover is a shimmering aquamarine. Now I have an Iphone 4 but I did manage to make my mom one and she has a 3gs. Keep in mind doing this for the 3gs is a bit more challenging, because the phone is curved, but it can be done. It will just take you a bit longer to get the shape right. This can also be done for any phone really that has a clear case made for it.


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      talfonso 5 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      This idea sounds snazzy for cell phone cases! We all have seen cell phone cases with the sparkly rhinestones and all the bling, but they cost a bundle! Well, this idea would save people money, especially those who can't choose to stick with plain, boring cases!

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      Dink96 6 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      FANTASTIC idea!!! You are one clever woman. Three snaps with a twist! I'm going to get busy and make some of these!

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      Janelle 6 years ago from Houston

      Thanks everyone. I love this fun project. There are just endless possibilities with all of the available scrapbook paper at places like Michaels. I hope you all have fun making your own creations. Thank you for reading! xoxo-Janelle

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      Sarah Carlsley 6 years ago from Minnesota

      Love this idea! Your options are nearly endless. So smart!

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      Nicole S Hanson 6 years ago from Minnesota

      Very clever!! I definitely want to try this for my iphone 4 too. I'd found some cases pretty cheap on Amazon (around $2 each) but this is a really cute way to spend minimal amounts and have maximum choices!

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      Deninson Mota 6 years ago from East Elmhurst, NY

      U should think about starting your new clear plastic iPhone designed cases business. Don't let no one else make profit with your idea=D.

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      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Very cute idea! I would love a new cell phone case and I just may be inspired to try this. :)

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      sabrani44 6 years ago

      That's such an awesome idea! Will definitely try this, thanks!!

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      Janelle 6 years ago from Houston

      No actually I just started making them so I haven't sold any. I have just been giving my friends a heads up so they can make them on their own. My friends like getting them as gifts.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      A great low-tech solution for a high-tech gadget. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Deninson Mota 6 years ago from East Elmhurst, NY

      This is a nice good idea. Do you sell them?

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      Janelle 6 years ago from Houston

      Thanks I have been making these for all of my neighbors now! They love them. For Christmas I made my mom one with peppermint swirls. It was super cute. Thanks for reading!