Shira Z isÂ a musician, teacher, and designer from Jerusalem, Israel. She makes custom DIY Phone Cases using only NapkinsÂ and Glue. Choosing napkins which have fancy patterns on them she can create an awesome do-it-yourself Phone case which looks completely unique and original.
This process works with any phone – in fact, it works with any surface that is plastic, actually. Keep reading should you want to make your own personal cell phone case to get a totally unique, handcrafted look.
Check out this amazing DIY Phone Case yourself!
What Youâ€™ll Need
To make this work, youâ€™ll have to get:
- A phone case made of plastic.
- â€œNapkin glue,â€ which you can easily get at any craft store. I have â€œMod Podge,â€ which cost around $4.
- A nice napkin with a pattern or a cool picture on it (fancy patterned tissues could work as well).
- A pair of scissors.
- Optional: a paintbrush.
This is the cover I bought (it was just $7). It has two parts â€“ weâ€™ll use the hard plastic (pink) part.
The first step is to separate the top layer (out of three) of the napkin, so youâ€™re left with a very thin piece of patterned tissue:
Next, we need find a pattern that we like on the napkin, one that fits the size of the surface we want to cover:
Actually â€“ I like this one better! Do bear in mind that white napkins become transparent in this process.
Now, cut the napkin down to size so itâ€™s easier to handle:
Next, coat the surface with a nice, even layer of glue. You can use your fingers (fun!) or a (clean) paintbrush:
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 thatâ€™s most important to you first, and make sure itâ€™s in place:
Donâ€™t stick the napkin into place all at once. The most common issue with this process is getting tiny bubbles or wrinkles on the surface, so be gentle here, sticking just a bit at a time and smoothing things over as you go. If the napkin stats tearing, donâ€™t panic: Just straighten it back into place; itâ€™ll look fine in the end. And here it is â€“ as you can see, there are some bubbles and cracks along the surface, but weâ€™re going for a handmade look so this isnâ€™t a big deal:
Next, apply a nice, even layer of glue over the napkin (a top coat). The first layer doesnâ€™t have to be dry, but you must take care not to tear the napkin up. This is a good time to start using the brush (be sure to wash it well afterwards):
After the first top-coat, your custom case should look like this:
Make sure you glue the sides, too, so the napkin doesnâ€™t fall off or tear out:
Now let everything dry for a while, and then put on another layer of glue.
After the second layer, carefully cut away all of the extra napkin bits so you end up with just what you need:
Now, carefully clear out the hole for the lens, as well as any other holes:
Apply a layer of glue to the sides of the holes you just cleared, so the napkin doesnâ€™t start fraying from there:
At this point, I decided the front end of the case seemed a bit dull, so I cut out a nice flower from the napkin and applied it individually using the same technique (initial layer of glue, then stick it on, then two top coats):
If you apply the pattern to the front of the case, too, you have to get creative with how you leave it to dry:
All that remains now is to let your design completely and fully dry. Give it some time â€“ go have a cup of tea, or even turn in for the night and continue tomorrow.
Finally, it was time to fit the case back together:
And this is what it looks like:
The edges are slightly frayed, but itâ€™s really a matter of how delicate (and lucky) you are. You can compare with the edges on this other design I made:
With enough practice and patience, you can get to a truly gorgeous level of finish.