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What’s the first thing you do when you get a new phone? For me, it’s to find a case for it. I’m notorious for dropping my phone and those first couple days without a case have me on edge… Can you relate?
I’ve ordered my fair share of dud cases that ended up being less than I was hoping for. But, it’s not the end of the world. With a little bit of patience and some super cute washi tape you can take a dud and turn it into a total superstar.
WASHI TAPE PHONE CASE
– Washi Tape (buy it here!)
– Craft Knife
– Phone Case that fits your phone. Go cheap! There’s usually some good ones on Amazon that don’t cost a lot.
– Clear Nail Polish or School Glue. A matte polish will keep the shine down if you don’t want a shiny phone.
– Begin by pulling off a strip of tape long enough to cover the back of your phone. You can place the tape vertically or horizontally. I chose horizontally. I also started my tape below all the cut outs for the camera, speaker and LED light. I’ll explain more on the why in a minute.
– Place the strip of tape on the cover and wrap the ends around the sides and on to the inside of the back of the case. Press the tape into all the nooks and crannies so the case still fits well on your phone.
– Repeat steps 1-2 until your phone is covered. You will have to fold the tape around any corners so it fits well. It took a little manipulating, but use your finger nail to get the tape into crevices.
– When you put the tape over the cut outs, overlap the edges of the tape to help keep it from peeling up. And it works best if more than one strip of tape covers a single hole. See the diagram below. Click the image to make it larger. The dark squares are the cut outs. The light rectangles are the phone case and the blue strips are pieces of tape.
– Use your craft knife to trim around the cut outs. Another option is to cut “x”s in the cut outs and then fold the tape back onto the inside of the case back. This is also help prevent any peeling.
– Also cut any tape from around any other holes or speakers. If you can, fold some of it under to help hold everything in place. Sorry the photo is blurry… Literally, had a Little Monkey on my back. 😉
– Add a sealer layer of clear nail polish to seal everything up nice and hold everything in place. Let it dry completely before you put the case on your phone. You don’t have to do this, but it will make your tape last longer. It really doesn’t take very long to put on and only an hour or so to dry. You could also use clear school glue. You only need a thin layer.
– Slip the case back on your phone and enjoy! And if you get tired of this look, pull that tape off and start over. The different kinds of Washi tape are innumerable so you’re almost guaranteed to find a Washi you like.
There it is. Your washi tape cell phone case! Just the way you wanted it! The hardest part is the corners. Work with them until you’re happy with the way it lays.