Get Crafty!: The Ever Changing iPhone Case

I'm back baby! Sorry for not blogging for a while. In addition to getting a super fun side job teaching dance I've been designing away! More to come on that later. I hope you've all enjoyed your holidays and are starting off your new year on a positive note. For now, this is a blog post I've been meaning to write since I got an iPhone.... in October!

So in all the time that I had my Droid phone I kept thinking about how iPhone had all the cool cases. I guess it's easier to build a case that's almost all the same shape versus the various Android phones that are out there. So when the day came for me to finally purchase an iPhone case of my choice... well, the choices were more than overwhelming.

I like the stripes. The polka dots. The wooden cases. The ones that looked like cameras. The phone wallet. I couldn't decide! If every case was five to ten bucks, fine, I could buy a variety. But at $30+ a pop, there was no way I could afford to get more than one. Plus I have design ADD. It's hard to commit to a pattern since I'm always loving different trends. Chevron one minute and stripes or polka dots the next.

So as I hit Google for some inspiration I came upon an awesome idea. Interchangeable iPhone skins!

All you need to do is simply purchase a clear iPhone case. These can run pretty cheap if you buy it online but I just ran into the Apple Store so I could get started on this crafty project ASAP. You can then fill it with anything. In this example I used extra scrapbook paper but you can use any patterned paper, magazine, print-out, napkin, etc. The possibilities are truly endless.

If your case comes with an insert like mine did, use that to trace out your template. If not, then trace your phone, but know you'll have to trim it a bit to fit into the case. To get the hole for the camera, simply place the case on top of the paper to trace out the hole.

To cut the hole you can use scissors, a knife tool, or the easiest option - a paper hole punch. It doesn't have to be perfect as long as the camera can cleanly take photos.

Place the paper insert into the case and see how it fits. If it doesn't lay flat, trim the sides as necessary. And that's it!

Since discovering this trick I've gone from this paisley design shown above, to chevron, to Christmas stripes, and now currently big black and white stripes. In the future I may have some pre-designed patterns for you but for now you have a ton to work with. You can even do an image search for your favorite pattern (I did this with chevron) and just print then trim!