10 DIY Phone Case Ideas

Phones are expensive and worth protecting, but with what? Store bought cases can be bland and uninspiring. Beautiful phone cases can cost more than you're willing to spend. 

While some courageous souls might opt to go caseless, we're all about skinning your device with a DIY phone case. No matter your level of crafting, you'll be able to find a case here that is both affordable and entirely do-able to recreate. 

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    Marbleize a Clear Case

    DIY phone cases
    Lovely Indeed

    Have you ever tried to marbelize your nails? This DIY project is much easier to recreate without a huge mess. To make this phone case, drop nail polish in a bowl of water and swirl. When the marbling on the surface of the water is to your liking, dip the case. For best results, use three complimentary nail polish shades. 

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    Cross Stitch a Fun Pattern

    Cross Stich Iphone Cases
    Purl Soho

    Want a case that will be the subject of conversation every time you're caught on your phone? Add a little thread. This project is a smart way to combine the age-old craft of cross stitching with modern technology. The best part is that the options are limited only to your creativity. To make this DIY phone case, first purchase a blank cross stitch case. Next, create a design on your own or look up smaller scaled patterns to follow. 

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    Add Bold Patterns With Washi Tape

    DIY washi tape phone case
    Chronicle Books

    For a bold and contemporary phone case, add some geometric details. To do this as simply as possible, use tape. Washi tape is still a popular way to add fun details to craft projects relatively inexpensively. To recreate this look, head to your local craft store and pick up three different colors or patterns. If you're having trouble, look at color palettes online to get inspired. 

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    Cover Your Phone With a Bohemian Tapestry

    DIY tapestry phone case
    Always Rooney

    All day texting can be hard on the hands when your phone case is hard and has blunt edges. This DIY case adds a soft and thick piece of tapestry to the back, which will make the phone much more comfortable to hold. 

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    Add Some Glitter

    DIY glitter phone case
    Persia Lou

    If you're one of the many that ordered a rose gold iPhone, you may have experienced the upsetting feeling when you realized the metallic backing would be covered up by your case. Many people opted to either leave their phone caseless or purchase a clear case instead. Clear cases lack personality, so this DIY works to show off the color of your smartphone but also adds some glitz into the mix. 

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    Change Out Your Design With Craft Paper

    DIY phone case ideas
    The Things She Makes

    Clear phone cases are perfect for crafters because they make it simple to change out your case as often as you change your purse. If you're into scrapbooking, take a look through your paper stash and pick out a few designs you like. If you don't have a paper stash, you could also repurpose old wrapping paper, tissue paper, or an old greeting card.

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    Print Off Designs From Your Favorite Graphic Designers

    Printable DIY Phone Cases
    Lovely Indeed

    If you don't have anything in the house that you could use as a case, consider printing a pattern from the internet. Many graphic designers have released free graphics and patterns that are perfectly scaled for phone cases. 

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    Create a Case Using Paint Chips

    DIY phone case using paint swatch
    Plaster & Disaster

    Another option for a bright DIY phone case is to head to a local hardware store and pick up some paint swatches. Create a template and cut the swatch to size. Cut out a hole for the camera, place in a transparent phone case, and voilà. Your very own customized phone case. 

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    Experiment With Pressed Flowers

    DIY Phone case with pressed flowers

    Pressed flowers are used to make an array of craft projects, but did you ever think to use them as a focal point on your smartphone? Some pressed flower cases protect the petals by gluing them to the inside of a clear phone case. This project uses an opaque white case instead, which really makes the petals pop. The exterior is hardened using a resin mixture. 

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    Make a Tiny Piece of Art Using Watercolors

    DIY phone case with watercolors
    Francois et Moi

    Artists and crafters alike will appreciate this simple but impactful phone case project. Grab a piece of medium weight white paper and pick an art medium. This case art was created using watercolors, but markers would have a similar impact. If you doubt your artistic abilities, consider cutting out a page from an adult coloring book, coloring it to your heart's desire and using that as your phone case.