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Make an iPhone Case with Dark Chocolate and Duck Tape

Updated on May 7, 2016
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Dark Chocolate iPhone Case with Zebra Print Duck Tape
Dark Chocolate iPhone Case with Zebra Print Duck Tape | Source

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!


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A 6 ounce dark chocolate bar is the key ingredient!Basic supplies for prototype. After the prototype I stepped up to a high quality clear tape.As you go through the prototype, remember that this hub contains a total of 3 phone case projects using Duck Tape brand tapes and dark chocolate candy wrappers.
A 6 ounce dark chocolate bar is the key ingredient!
A 6 ounce dark chocolate bar is the key ingredient! | Source
Basic supplies for prototype.
Basic supplies for prototype. | Source
After the prototype I stepped up to a high quality clear tape.
After the prototype I stepped up to a high quality clear tape. | Source
As you go through the prototype, remember that this hub contains a total of 3 phone case projects using Duck Tape brand tapes and dark chocolate candy wrappers.
As you go through the prototype, remember that this hub contains a total of 3 phone case projects using Duck Tape brand tapes and dark chocolate candy wrappers. | Source

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

• Scissors

• 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.


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Using the paper pattern I cut a new candy wrapper--duh!  :)After applying the clear tape to the candy wrapper I photographed it upside down on a dark countertop, otherwise you would not be able to see it!Flap needed to be extended.Back to the drawing board!From the spare pieces  the expiration date  extended the top flap nicely.The top flap ready to be shaped.Applying the zebra print tape to the back of the prepared wrapper.Wrapper all taped to the table again.  (Sorry it's blurry.)After trimming it up I firmly pressed the edges together.Ready for a fitting!Bottom flap up with clear tape behind it.Scissor tips holding the first two flaps with clear tape behind each covering all edges so there will be no snagging inside the case.Scissor tips holding down the last flap which is ready to be pressed in place and have the tape from behind folded over the top.The last side flap is sealed with clear tape at this point.It's a nice, neat look, but this is when I saw my "duh" problem. The sides wanted to separate.  :-[Nothing to do but wrap the edges after the fact!The back sides of the top flap did not have to be lined up as carefully as the front sides.The edges were a blend once they were folded.Adding a "cuff" of zebra tape to the top's back opening and around the bottom holes was not too hard because small pieces of tape work well on a project like this.I added a piece on the tip of the top flap so that it would have a fold-over edge, and covered the iPhone case with more clear tape.And here we have, drum roll please, the finished prototype!
Using the paper pattern I cut a new candy wrapper--duh!  :)
Using the paper pattern I cut a new candy wrapper--duh! :) | Source
After applying the clear tape to the candy wrapper I photographed it upside down on a dark countertop, otherwise you would not be able to see it!
After applying the clear tape to the candy wrapper I photographed it upside down on a dark countertop, otherwise you would not be able to see it! | Source
Flap needed to be extended.
Flap needed to be extended. | Source
Back to the drawing board!
Back to the drawing board! | Source
From the spare pieces  the expiration date  extended the top flap nicely.
From the spare pieces the expiration date extended the top flap nicely. | Source
The top flap ready to be shaped.
The top flap ready to be shaped. | Source
Applying the zebra print tape to the back of the prepared wrapper.
Applying the zebra print tape to the back of the prepared wrapper. | Source
Wrapper all taped to the table again.  (Sorry it's blurry.)
Wrapper all taped to the table again. (Sorry it's blurry.) | Source
After trimming it up I firmly pressed the edges together.
After trimming it up I firmly pressed the edges together. | Source
Ready for a fitting!
Ready for a fitting! | Source
Bottom flap up with clear tape behind it.
Bottom flap up with clear tape behind it. | Source
Scissor tips holding the first two flaps with clear tape behind each covering all edges so there will be no snagging inside the case.
Scissor tips holding the first two flaps with clear tape behind each covering all edges so there will be no snagging inside the case. | Source
Scissor tips holding down the last flap which is ready to be pressed in place and have the tape from behind folded over the top.
Scissor tips holding down the last flap which is ready to be pressed in place and have the tape from behind folded over the top. | Source
The last side flap is sealed with clear tape at this point.
The last side flap is sealed with clear tape at this point. | Source
It's a nice, neat look, but this is when I saw my "duh" problem.
It's a nice, neat look, but this is when I saw my "duh" problem. | Source
The sides wanted to separate.  :-[
The sides wanted to separate. :-[ | Source
Nothing to do but wrap the edges after the fact!
Nothing to do but wrap the edges after the fact! | Source
The back sides of the top flap did not have to be lined up as carefully as the front sides.
The back sides of the top flap did not have to be lined up as carefully as the front sides. | Source
The edges were a blend once they were folded.
The edges were a blend once they were folded. | Source
Adding a "cuff" of zebra tape to the top's back opening and around the bottom holes was not too hard because small pieces of tape work well on a project like this.
Adding a "cuff" of zebra tape to the top's back opening and around the bottom holes was not too hard because small pieces of tape work well on a project like this. | Source
I added a piece on the tip of the top flap so that it would have a fold-over edge, and covered the iPhone case with more clear tape.
I added a piece on the tip of the top flap so that it would have a fold-over edge, and covered the iPhone case with more clear tape. | Source
And here we have, drum roll please, the finished prototype!
And here we have, drum roll please, the finished prototype! | Source

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.


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Don't hesitate to buy a high quality clear packaging tape for this project.  Wrapper clear-taped to the wax paper.Wrapper with clear tape  ready for zebra tape.Taping wrapper to the wax paper.Note the side flap that does not have tape over the edge.  I learned that it would likely need trimming. That trimmed edge would be covered when I closed the project's flaps.Taping the edges down on wax paper gave me a clean edge to fold over to the back.Taped and ready to fold!The inside corners can be snipped (as with a curved edge in sewing) so they will fold over neatly.I heated up the piece with a hair dryer before closing it up.  Placing it between two pieces of wax paper with my lap top on top until it cooled I hoped to give sealing power to the tape.Time to fit the cover to the phone!Getting the device centered just right can be tricky…I'm still learning!Once again, tape goes on the back side of the bottom flap, then a side flap.Pressing the last flap in place place. Clear tape is to be added to the edge and wrapped around the cover.A small piece of zebra print Duck Tape is added to the bottom edge to seal the two flaps together.The same was done to the top edge of the overlapped flaps.Sealing the edges provides a nice, neat finish to the project.I neatened the bottom corners by using a pen to smooth out the curves and added a little more tape.Neatly covering the case with more clear tape finished the project.Though this had a learning curve to it for me, I have to call making these iPhone carrying cases an easy craft.
Don't hesitate to buy a high quality clear packaging tape for this project.
Don't hesitate to buy a high quality clear packaging tape for this project. | Source
Wrapper clear-taped to the wax paper.
Wrapper clear-taped to the wax paper. | Source
Wrapper with clear tape  ready for zebra tape.
Wrapper with clear tape ready for zebra tape. | Source
Taping wrapper to the wax paper.
Taping wrapper to the wax paper. | Source
Note the side flap that does not have tape over the edge.  I learned that it would likely need trimming. That trimmed edge would be covered when I closed the project's flaps.
Note the side flap that does not have tape over the edge. I learned that it would likely need trimming. That trimmed edge would be covered when I closed the project's flaps. | Source
Taping the edges down on wax paper gave me a clean edge to fold over to the back.
Taping the edges down on wax paper gave me a clean edge to fold over to the back. | Source
Taped and ready to fold!
Taped and ready to fold! | Source
The inside corners can be snipped (as with a curved edge in sewing) so they will fold over neatly.
The inside corners can be snipped (as with a curved edge in sewing) so they will fold over neatly. | Source
I heated up the piece with a hair dryer before closing it up.  Placing it between two pieces of wax paper with my lap top on top until it cooled I hoped to give sealing power to the tape.
I heated up the piece with a hair dryer before closing it up. Placing it between two pieces of wax paper with my lap top on top until it cooled I hoped to give sealing power to the tape. | Source
Time to fit the cover to the phone!
Time to fit the cover to the phone! | Source
Getting the device centered just right can be tricky…I'm still learning!
Getting the device centered just right can be tricky…I'm still learning! | Source
Once again, tape goes on the back side of the bottom flap, then a side flap.
Once again, tape goes on the back side of the bottom flap, then a side flap. | Source
Pressing the last flap in place place. Clear tape is to be added to the edge and wrapped around the cover.
Pressing the last flap in place place. Clear tape is to be added to the edge and wrapped around the cover. | Source
A small piece of zebra print Duck Tape is added to the bottom edge to seal the two flaps together.
A small piece of zebra print Duck Tape is added to the bottom edge to seal the two flaps together. | Source
The same was done to the top edge of the overlapped flaps.
The same was done to the top edge of the overlapped flaps. | Source
Sealing the edges provides a nice, neat finish to the project.
Sealing the edges provides a nice, neat finish to the project. | Source
I neatened the bottom corners by using a pen to smooth out the curves and added a little more tape.
I neatened the bottom corners by using a pen to smooth out the curves and added a little more tape. | Source
Neatly covering the case with more clear tape finished the project.
Neatly covering the case with more clear tape finished the project. | Source
Though this had a learning curve to it for me, I have to call making these iPhone carrying cases an easy craft.
Though this had a learning curve to it for me, I have to call making these iPhone carrying cases an easy craft. | Source

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!


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Taping the smaller wrapper to the wax paper with clear tape.Taping the back side of the small wrapper on wax paper.I wanted to make this small wrapper just a bit bigger so I left a wide edge all around.I faced the tape on the back side with more zebra tape on the front side.I gently folded the taped wrapper in half and cut the corner pieces out, adjusting to fit the phone.  You will see that I needed to pay more attention to the front than I did this first time for this phone's case.I used small pieces to wrap all the edges, just as with the previous projects.The bottom flap with tape behind it went up first.The side flaps were fitted to the phone.  Remember to allow enough room so the phone can be easily inserted and removed.You can see that this case is very off-center.  Not sure what I did, but thought I would use it here so you could also learn from my mistake.
Taping the smaller wrapper to the wax paper with clear tape.
Taping the smaller wrapper to the wax paper with clear tape. | Source
Taping the back side of the small wrapper on wax paper.
Taping the back side of the small wrapper on wax paper. | Source
I wanted to make this small wrapper just a bit bigger so I left a wide edge all around.
I wanted to make this small wrapper just a bit bigger so I left a wide edge all around. | Source
I faced the tape on the back side with more zebra tape on the front side.
I faced the tape on the back side with more zebra tape on the front side. | Source
I gently folded the taped wrapper in half and cut the corner pieces out, adjusting to fit the phone.  You will see that I needed to pay more attention to the front than I did this first time for this phone's case.
I gently folded the taped wrapper in half and cut the corner pieces out, adjusting to fit the phone. You will see that I needed to pay more attention to the front than I did this first time for this phone's case. | Source
I used small pieces to wrap all the edges, just as with the previous projects.
I used small pieces to wrap all the edges, just as with the previous projects. | Source
The bottom flap with tape behind it went up first.
The bottom flap with tape behind it went up first. | Source
The side flaps were fitted to the phone.  Remember to allow enough room so the phone can be easily inserted and removed.
The side flaps were fitted to the phone. Remember to allow enough room so the phone can be easily inserted and removed. | Source
You can see that this case is very off-center.  Not sure what I did, but thought I would use it here so you could also learn from my mistake.
You can see that this case is very off-center. Not sure what I did, but thought I would use it here so you could also learn from my mistake. | Source

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!



How do you like this chocolate bar iPhone project?

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great idea! You can do anything with duct tape.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Jackie Lynnley:

      Thanks much! Duck Tape brand's printed tapes certainly could inspire many projects. :)

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      snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

      RTalloni, How clever and creative! The printed duct tape is great, duct tape is great. I love the chocolate bar wrapper re-cycling. Nice presentation on the method (55 photos!) Good work. Got my attention, and my vote. Regards, snakeslane

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Great hub, iphones can be stolen, but why would someone steal something that looked like candy?

      Besides, duct tape could keep it safe.

      Wish I could give you two thumbs up!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great information on making your own iPhone case using the master tool duct tape. Well done !

      Vote up and more !!!

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