There’s no reason to pay someone to manufacture a custom iPhone case when you can make your own with shit you have lying around. All you need is a transparent case, paper, scissors, a pencil, and a DIY mentality. Patience optional.
My parents got iPhones, so I whipped them up a stack of case inserts. I used a few of my monoprints for this project, but any decorative paper would work. Check your scrapbooking stash or cut a cool image out of a magazine.
Note: For your convenience, I have included instructions tailored to both lazy people (I fit in this category) and those who feel the need for precision. You’re welcome.
Step 1: Trace the case on the paper.
Move the case around the paper at different angles to audition areas of the art.
People Like Me: Don’t worry about tracing it perfectly; it’s just a rough guide.
Fancy People: If you don’t mind having to clean your case, you could ink the edges and stamp the shape on the paper.
Step 2: Cut out the shape.
You’ll actually need to cut a bit inside the lines so it fits inside the case without bending.
PLM: Just eyeball it. You can always trim it later.
FP: Use a ruler to mark a margin inside the tracing. You’ll need to cut it a quarter of a centimeter smaller on all sides.
Step 3: Cut a peephole for the camera.
PLM: Cut a decent-sized notch in the top left corner.
FP: Trace the hole in the case and cut it out with a craft knife. See the fanciness of the rightmost example? We’re not so different! (Ok, yes we are.)
Step 4: Insert paper into the case.
Slide it in from the bottom to decrease the odds of accidentally creasing it. Run a finger around the inside edge to make sure it’s firmly in place.
PLM: Did I stutter? What are you waiting for?
FP: Seriously, I can’t think of a “type A” way to do this. You’re going to have to bite the bullet and do it the easy way.
Step 5: Insert the phone.
PLM: Put it in backwards the first time because you’re dumb.
FP: Do it right the first time because you always do.
Step 6: Rinse, repeat.
Make people think you’re rich by having a new custom case every day.
PLM: Stack the inserts in the case so you always know where they are.
FP: Put them in individual protective cases and instruct your butler to file them in your private vault. Fancy people have butlers and vaults, yes?