Make an iPhone Case with Dark Chocolate and Duck Tape
Make an Unusual iPhone Case with Dark Chocolate
Directions for using materials ranging from embroidered fabrics to plastic needlepoint to good old Duck Tape for making iPhone cases are very popular.
Most of the designs I've seen were cute, but I felt that many of the crafts were pretty much kid's stuff. When I got my own iPhone, though, my first thought was, "Why should kids have all the fun?!"
As I nibbled on my daily dose of dark chocolate I remembered the tutorials I had taken a close look at and began thinking through a project to make own unique case.
Designing a New iPhone Case
It all began when our phone service made my husband an offer he could not refuse. He walked away with two iPhones, but learning about owning them included info on protective cases. My problem was that I liked most of the decorative ones I saw.
The idea of having a unique design began to dawn on me as I looked at the Whole Foods 365 Dark Chocolate wrapper. The more I enjoyed my chocolate prescription, the more clearly the plan unfolded.
I just needed to take my time finishing my prescribed 1 ounce and fine tune my prototype. Chocolate is always inspiring, but it out did itself this time.
If you want to copy my design or get an idea for designing your own just take a look at the following information. It's an easy craft project!
Supplies for Making Chocolate Covered iPhone Cases
My phone case required the following supplies. However, think outside the box and you might decide on a different wrapper. Original art, seasonal art, or printed photos would make for delightful experiments--oh for time to do it all! :) Keep in mind that this hub is intended to be an inspiring pictorial guide.
• 6-ounce 365 Dark Chocolate Bar Wrappers
• Zebra Design Duck Tape
• Clear, Wide Packing Tape
• Reversible Tape
• Writing Pen
• 8 x 10" Sheets of Paper (Junk mail works great!)
• Wax Paper
Make Your Own Dark Chocolate iPhone Case
A few things to note before beginning:
• Use the photo captions as a guide and to get added tips.
• Work on a craft table or one of the plastic-type surfaces available in craft stores for crafters. This is not a project to do on fine finishes for the Duck Tape can damage wood surfaces.
• I made more than one attempt before I was satisfied with a pattern so begin with a couple of candy wrappers and a few sheets of paper.
• Be prepared to clean sticky tape from scissors periodically throughout the project. You might be able to just wipe them clean, or you may want to use alcohol. Even craft knives might need some cleaning if you use them.
Basic Guide for My iPhone Prototype
Centering the iPhone on a candy wrapper, I drew an outline 1/4" bigger than the phone. I then drew spaces for the top, bottom, and side flaps to make a prototype pattern.
Tracing that shape onto an 8 x 10" sheet of paper gave me a basic pattern, then folding the pattern in half lengthways I cut the flaps equally on each side.
I planned to use the pattern to trim the first candy wrapper evenly but it was too lopsided so I wound up using the pattern to cut a new wrapper.
Once the new wrapper was cut I turned it right side up and put the first layer of clear tape on, starting in the center and working my way out to the sides, taping the wrapper to the table. It pulled up easily for trimming
Positioning the iPhone in the center of the wrapper I began the process of folding the flaps to fit, leaving enough ease to slide the device in and out easily. That's when I discovered the need to lengthen the top flap.
Choosing the spare piece that had the expiration date I lengthened, taped, and trimmed it. A nice benefit is that the date can remind me that it's time to check on a phone update with our carrier. :)
After it was trimmed I lay the wrapper print side down and covered the back with the zebra printed Duck Tape in the same way, then trimmed it nice and neat, not foreseeing a problem that would develop.
Again I folded the flaps around the phone, giving it a final fitting. The bottom flap went up with a piece of clear tape behind it. Then the plain side folded over to fit neatly and I put more tape behind the two to cover all edges and seal them to the other side flap.
When the last side flap was folded over I used clear tape to seal its edge. Sliding the phone in and closing the top flap showed me the problem. Because the wrapper is paper it wanted to separate on the edges. Duh.
I cut smaller strips of zebra tape and used them to cover the edges. The tricky part was the bottom because the holes are small. This prototype taught me a lot!
Once I had all the edges covered with zebra tape, I used clear tape to give the outside extra protection, covering the edges of the zebra tape where possible. The last photo in this group is the completed prototype.
Tips I Learned from Making My Prototype iPhone Case with Photos of the Second Project
When I offered to make a phone case for my friend she thought of her sister-in-law first and asked if I could make one for her. How sweet is that?! :) This second cover shown in this second group of photos is for her husband's sister. Below are a few tips you might find helpful if you give this project a go:
• Use good quality clear tape.
• I wanted to try taping the front and back tapes together along the edges. Using wax paper as a work surface kept the clear tape clean. I decided to use zebra tape on the outside edges so the edges would have a solid finish and the design would be highlighted. See photos for the steps.
• Centering the device where you want it on your design requires extra attention. Don't take a phone call in the middle of that step!
Extra, Extra: A Side Project Came Up
My friend liked the idea of a having a fun case and she had a chocolate bar wrapper that seemed to suit her smaller sized phone very well so I gave it a try.
Check out these photos and captions for more info on that prototype. You'll see that with a little thought any phone can have an enticing dark chocolate cover!
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When I see what the kids are creating with Duck Tape I can't help but smile at all they are learning in the process. They could become designers, engineers, researchers, and more! It makes me wonder if one of them might not eventually create the most important app ever for an iPhone!
I can't really say that I will design more of these iPhone cases, but an idea that cannot be resisted may come to mind. If so, you'll be the first to know, so stay tuned! There really is no reason at all that kids should have all the fun!
Since my klutz skills are finely honed and my husband is always getting deep into major projects we are actually thinking of getting OtterBox impact cases. The extra protection may be needed because we both like being outside gardening and building and painting and such.
I'll probably do something creative with those cases (mine, anyway), and I will probably do an iPad cover of some sort. Design ideas are trying to break through to my cognizant thinking, but I'll have to see how it all develops when the time comes.
If you come up with a fun design for any your devices I hope you'll let us see it. Either way, make sure you have fun creating and completing your project!
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