25 Creative DIY Phone Cases & Easy-to-Follow Sample Tutorial

by craftmin | January 21, 2018

Don’t you just love it when you get to express yourself as uniquely as possible from the crowd? It’s a given that each of us is and is a reason we tend to differentiate ourselves from our peers. However, the reflection of our character is not always just limited to the clothing we wore. Even how the gadget we own looks depicts a character of who we are. That being the case, why not show the creative side of you by making a makeover with your personal gadget with these creative DIY phone cases?

The Need to Be Different

It is hard to stand out when you know you are like everyone else. The same is, in fact, true about how your phone case looks as well. Of course, how your personal electronic device looks may not be 100% representative of its owner—you. But there’s indeed a lasting impression to make with something that is truly unique from the common.

Call it a personal art project, but there’s fun in being able to express yourself in your own form of art. The task may require a bit of your time and may even be costlier than having a naked device; but in the end, it’s all about satisfying yourself in the process.

Basic Tutorial

While you may be excited already in coming up with a masterpiece DIY phone case of your own doing, don’t skip the basics. A simple miscalculation can easily ruin even the most-planned design or break halfway through. Worse, if lacking the essentials, would mean not be able to kickstart the project at all.

To give you a general idea in how DIY phone cases are made, let us take a look at this homemade glittery phone case.

DIY Phone Cases | Source: Persia Lou

Like any well-planned project, this requires the following materials to make:

  • Clear phone case
  • Glitter vinyl
  • Craft knife
  • Weeding tool
  • Silhouette cameo
  • This file

Start off the project by cutting out a piece of the transparent vinyl following the size of the case. To make the process easier, simply press the vinyl at the back of the case and smoothen out the bubbles with your fingers. Carefully trim the edges by using your craft knife.

DIY Phone Cases | Source: Persia Lou

DIY Phone Cases | Source: Persia Lou

As simple as that, you have already come up with a DIY phone case of your own. It just shows that a brilliant idea sometimes need not always have to be complex to make. The result should give your formerly transparent case some glitter into it.

DIY Phone Cases | Source: Persia Lou

Alternative Example

If you find the first example to be too simple for your taste, there’s actually a second rendition to it which adds a bit of intricacy to make. This particular design demands for an electronic cutting machine to make to produce the needed triangles for the design.

DIY Phone Cases | Source: Persia Lou

DIY Phone Cases | Source: Persia Lou

Everything else is as simple as sticking the triangle stickers at the insides of the clear case, showing the gritty side from the opposite. Given all the spaces on the clear case you’d be working on, there’s a lot of possibility to come up with in terms of design. Just take a look at this sample below.

Source: Persia Lou

Source: Persia Lou

Source: Persia Lou

So, there you have it. Two easy-to-do yet artistic designs which you can do in just a few minutes.

25 Other DIY Phone Case Designs

I’m sure the two examples we’ve laid are not enough to satisfy your curiosity for wonderful designs to pattern with. As such, we’ve also come up with other more designs from various sources who’ve personally tried them.

  1. Sea Anchor

    Source: Brit.co

You know you’re a sailor or an avid fan of it by choosing to tailor-made your case with what appears to be a nautical anchor on it. You would not really find many cases of this design. As such, expect the process of making one to be a bit more tech-inclined and crafty.

  1. Studs

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Studs may be the opposite of smooth surface which makes them rough to a touch. But as far as being stylistic, no other design gives the same eye-catching experience as it. Crude, not polished, this is the perfect blueprint for a slip-free experience with your phone.

  1. Collage

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If you have the right set of eyes for art and can easily turn a mélange of pictures into another art form, a collage is a friend. With a bit of creativity, you can easily make an artistic phone case using readymade pictures at your disposal.

  1. Geometric Leather

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When you see yourself fond of uneven designs despite the crudeness, this particular blueprint makes for a good example. This may not necessarily appeal to most people’s taste. But, hey, if you like it, then it has to be good for you, right?

  1. Messy Glitz

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Coming up with a unique design did not come as haphazard as this. Intentionally uneven and messy to look at, the mostly redeeming factor of this design is in its glitz. If you have a fear of the creepy crawlies, better look for a design elsewhere. This may give off an impression that your gadget is being invaded by tiny insects which is enough to give you or other people ghost bumps.

  1. Maps

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Got a specific coordinate in the map that you love so much you literally have to cut it out as a reminder? You might be a native of that place or aspiring to be one. Whatever the case may be, there’s no better way to keep that place close to you at any time than this case design.

  1. Geometric Prints

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Loving shapes in any form did not come as telling than to pattern them to your DIY phone cases design. These geometric print templates give you ideas on how you can make an abstract art out of your chosen shapes.

  1. Pressed Flowers

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There are only a handful of places where you could find flowers. The wild to which they grew from, the vases which temporarily hold them, or, in this case, inside your phone case. Don’t about using organic flowers with your design. With the right resin, these flowers’ freshness could last indefinitely as if though they’re stuck in time.

  1. Washi Tape

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You might like washi tapes for their paramount quality than other tapes. But there’s also no denying that they’re amazing to look at, too. Taking advantage of the beauty that is apparent with washi tapes, this clever phone case inhibits them for aesthetics.

  1. Duct Tape

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So, duct tapes may not be as flashy as the aforementioned washi tape. But a colorful assortment of duct tapes may suffice to provide an added embellishment to any phone. In fact, this particular phone case rests on that very idea.

  1. Pearls

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This particular design is definitely a fashion for the girls but with costume pearls as the highlight. While, even with the size of the smallest pearl, the outcome will come off as bulky, there’s some unique creativity to find in it.

  1. Leather

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A leather is some of the most long-lasting material out there. With the right care, a leathery product can last multiple generations. Whether you love leather for its durability or like the idea of a phone case that lasts longer than the phone it holds, this is for you.

  1. Glitter

    Source: Brit.co

Leaving no space but sparkle to your DIY phone case, this glittery design is immensely colorful and dynamic. Match it with a perfectly matching nail color and you got the complete package.

  1. Fabric

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There are a wide variety of fabrics that come braided or printed with amazing designs. This makes fabrics the perfect material to adding embellishments to anything it can stick with. A clear phone case is not an exception to the rule such as what this particular design was all about.

  1. Gold Studs

    Source: Brit.co

This is just another variation to the gold studs design just like the other studded phone case discussed earlier. Unlike that, however, this blueprint also employs space as part of the overall aesthetics, tetris-style.

  1. Starry

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Love the idea that your phone is shedding stars like a snow? With this particular design, it can. Of course, that is mostly an impression as the stars that comes with the design are firm and static to where they’re placed.

  1. Leather Envelope

    Source: Brit.co

So, technically, this particular blueprint is not a phone case which you stick your device with. However, you’re going to give this design some props for its creativity in making something useful from a raw leather. This leather envelope is true to its name as well: it’s an envelope-patterned carrier for your phone made from leather.

  1. Nail Polish Stripes

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When you have got too many nail polishes than you can deal with, why not make a paint out of them to color your phone case? That is perhaps the idea behind this design which literally made a source of pigment from nail polishes as added aesthetic to an otherwise clear phone case.

  1. Impressionist

    Source: Brit.co

Bring out the Van Gogh or the Renoir in you by choosing impressionist art as the façade of your phone case. For a more unique attraction, make your art watercolor-style which many people love.

  1. Doilies and Chevron

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We live in a world where almost literally there is a form of art to source from. Whether it’s embedded in nature or something that come from human imagination, art is simply everywhere. But what better way to illustrate this fact than to fuse art that come from nature and something man-made?

  1. Neon Stud

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There are plenty other ways you could embellish your phone case without making it too rugged. This neon studded design is a proof to that notion.

  1. Spray Paint Lace

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You would not believe at what masterpiece you can come up with by following this design in making an artful phone case. Paired with something that can be sprayed on, a spray paint makes for the ideal crafting tool.

  1. Wool Pelt Sleeve

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Technically not a phone case but a holder of some sort. This particular blueprint showcases both a wallet and a carrier to your phone. What’s more? It’s pieced together using wool pelt.

  1. Sharpie Print

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Having a wide array of colorful Sharpies is not without its perks when it comes to making DIY phone cases. Not only do they equip you with the ability to come up with colorful designs, they’re made easy to do, too. This particular phone case blueprint is a showcase of what human ingenuity can do with some coloring materials on their hands.

  1. Cross Stitch

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This design is not something many could do from scratch. Making a cross-stitch, after all, is not a universal skill which anyone could just employ at whim. But if you have a source for a good stitch which you can easily fit in a clear phone case, then this project should come relatively easy.

So, have you decided on which pattern to copy or have you come up with a design uniquely yourself? Let us know about your creations.