Personalized iPhone Case #DIY

Diane Hidey —  March 17, 2012 — 25 Comments

I love my iPhone and want to keep it safe, so I have always had a case on the phone. A few weeks ago I saw a site that would put your personal picture or design on a case. It was wildly expensive and I wondered if there were a way to do it myself. Then I saw a friend’s case and it had a clear back (so the Apple logo would always be visible). I went on a search and found just what I was looking for on Amazon, Belkin Clear Case. Amazon had lots of clear cases, but this one looked like the best protection for my phone. And it comes in several colors.

And then….I went DIY crazy. Here are a few pictures of the process and my instructions! Enjoy! If you do make one for yourself or a friend, please pin a picture on my Pinterest Board.


1. Supplies needed: heavy/clear plastic, straight edge, pencil (for marking the hole), permanent maker for tracing, pointed scissors, exacto knife, corner trimmer, paper scraps, photos, logos, etc

2. Make a template of the finished insert. I used stiff, clear plastic so I could use it to center designs/pictures. I first outlined the entire phone and cut out. After that it was a bit of a guess as I trimmed a little at a time. First from one side, then the other. After I had a tight and flat fit, I cut the corners using a photo corner trimmer.

3. Use the template on old decorated scraps of paper, pictures, designs, sayings, the list is endless. Use a marker, on the reverse side, to trace the template. Trim. Helpful hint–I used an exacto knife to cut out the camera hole. Take your time! On thin paper, quick cuts could lead to ripped paper.

4. I printed my photos on photo paper because it looked better through the cover. You can also add a few embellishments, depending on how tight the case fits the camera.

5. OK–now go crazy. Think of the possibilities….gifts, holiday themed covers, words to inspire you, photos to share, props for your favorite team…..Here’s my current choice, the newest member of our family!

Diane Hidey

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25 responses to Personalized iPhone Case #DIY

  1. How awesome is this? Great DIY!

  2. WOW! I love this Diane. It looks so cool. I can’t wait to try this as gifts. How fun.

  3. Thanks Bonnie! I loved doing it and its been fun seeing all the traffic to the post from pinterest and stumbleupon!

  4. I love crafting, and thanks to you I just found my next one! The Custom baby iphone case is adorable. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this idea I love the blogs I follow because, I learn something new daily! Thanks.

  5. Iphone cases are even really expensive today and this is actually a good idea,to personalize your own iphone cases…

    • I saw that there are a few really cheap clear iphone cases on Amazon-like under $5. Not sure of the quality…but the one I used is around $30. I opted for the better made one-just in case I drop the phone a lot!!

  6. love this – thanks for sharing! hopping over from PInterest Monday!

  7. I love this kind of ideas, there’ nothing more can be great for having such creative… This is a way in which you can apply your own innovation in a simple but beautiful manner…

  8. Beautiful iPhone Case..You have a good idea to make your own cases for your iPhone..Hope that i can make it too…

  9. Wonderful creation.Making your personalize iPhone cases is an achievement most especially if you finish it with beautiful outcome.

  10. I love this kind of creative ideas,personalized iPhone cases is really cool!

  11. Personal iPhone cases..COOL..
    I can’t wait to try this one..

    Thanks for sharing..

  12. Being creative is very essential, I love all of your ideas here… Hopefully I can have it the same..

  13. I am truly love this beautiful ideas, having my personalized iPhone case is really cool…

  14. I will try to create this beautiful personalized iPhone case, it’s nice to have your personal design for a fun creation..

  15. My son “Jerk” socially be happy if I will share this kind of creative works… Personalized iPhone case, sounds cool! I can’t wait to try it then…

  16. I am quite jealous when I saw this creative personalized iPhone case with my friend “Janna”, that’s why I try too, to have this…

  17. This is really beautiful,personal iPhone case is lovely adorable..

  18. this is diwan pujari .U have nice blog with too many beautiful and antiqe covers and cases for phone. we are in the same business of making i phone case and cover hear some demo for your intrust lkie “pasonalized iphone cases,personalized iphone 4 case

  19. Portanto, se você está procurando poucos apps para Android baseados em Anime,
    iremos apresentar pequeno número de já bastante conhecidos.

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