Today’s post comes from Shira Z. Carmel, a musician, teacher and designer based in Jerusalem, Israel. I met Shira a couple of weeks ago and was very impressed with her custom phone case. When she told me she did it herself, I should have known how. Shira was kind enough to repeat the process and photograph every step.
This process works with any phone — in fact, it works with any plastic surface. If you want to design your own cell phone case for a totally unique handmade look, read on.
What you need
To do this you need to get:
- Plastic phone case.
- «Napkin for glue», which you can easily purchase at any store. I have a «Mod Podge» that costs about $4.
- A nice patterned napkin or a cool picture on it (fancy patterned fabrics work too).
- A pair of scissors.
- Additionally: brush.
This is the case I bought (it was only $7). It comes in two parts — we will be using the hard plastic (pink) part.
The first step is to peel off the top layer (of three) of the napkin so that you are left with a very thin piece of patterned fabric:
Next, we need to find a pattern we like on the napkin that matches the size of the surface we want to cover:
Actually, I like this one better! Keep in mind that white wipes become translucent in this process.
Now cut the napkin to size to make it easier to handle:
Then, cover the surface with a good, even layer of adhesive. You can use your fingers (fun!) or a (clean) brush:
Now we come to the most important part of the process. Carefully and quickly stick the napkin onto the adhesive surface. Start with the part that matters most to you first and make sure it’s in place:
Do not insert the napkin into place immediately. The most common problem with this process is the appearance of tiny bubbles or wrinkles on the surface, so be careful, stick with it a little bit and smooth things out as you go. If the napkin stat is torn, don’t panic: just straighten it back into place; it will look good in the end. And here, as you can see, there are bubbles and cracks on the surface, but we’re going to take a look by hand, so it doesn’t really matter: