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How to Make a Duct Tape Cell Phone Case
Follow these directions and you can make a colorful cell phone case out of duct tape. Discover how my technique for making a duct tape sheet makes this craft very easy.
- Age Guideline: 10 Years and Up
- Time Required: 60+ minutes
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.
Let's begin...Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Gathering The Supplies to Make Your Duct Tape Cell Phone Case
Before you start working on this duct tape cell phone case, it is easiest to gather together all of the supplies together. For this project you will need:
- Colored Duct Tape
- Plain Paper
- Pen or Pen (not pictured)
I used 2 different colors of duct tape to make my cell phone case, but you can use more or less if you like.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Start Making Your Duct Tape Sheet
Making your duct tape sheet using my method and a piece of paper is a lot easier than making a duct tape sheet without using the paper. Plus, the paper adds a little more firmness to your duct tape sheet.
To make your duct tape sheet, which is used in many of my duct tape crafts, start out by laying a plain piece of paper in front of you. You can use any kind of thin paper you want. You can even use paper with print on it because the entire sheet will be covered.
Now, cut a piece of duct tape... around 9-inches long. Lay this piece down along one of the 8 1/2-inch edges of the piece of paper. Cut a second piece of duct tape and lay it slightly overlapping the first piece. Continue this until the entire side of the piece of paper is covered with duct tape.
Now we can finish the other side of the duct tape sheet.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Finish Making Your Duct Tape Sheet
To finish making your duct tape sheet, flip over your duct tape covered piece of paper. Cut a piece of duct tape about 11-inches long and lay it across the side edge of the piece of paper. These piece of duct tape are running the opposite direction as the ones in the first step. If you prefer, you can make them run the same direction. Because you have the paper base, this will not effect the stability of the duct tape sheet.
Cut a second piece of duct tape about 11-inches long and lay it on the... paper, slightly overlapping the first piece of tape. Continue this until the entire piece of paper is covered with duct tape.
We are now ready to start making the duct tape cell phone case.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Measure Your Cell Phone
Measure how wide your cell phone is. Also measure how thick your cell phone is. Add together the width and the thickness times 2. That is how wide you want your cell phone case to be. For example, My phone was about 2 1/2-inches wide and about 1/2 an inch thick. That means I want my cell phone case has to be 3 1/2-inches wide (2 1/2 + 1/2 + 1/2).
Measure how tall your cell phone is. Multiply that by 2 and then add 1-inch to that measurement and that is how long you want to make your cell... phone case. My phone is 4 1/2-inches long so I want to cut my cell phone case about 10-inches long (4 1/2 x 2 + 1).
Use a ruler to mark the cutting lines on your duct tape sheet. The piece I cut from the duct tape sheet is approximately 3 1/2" x 10". Cut it out.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Cover Two Edges of Your Duct Tape Cell Phone CaseCut a piece of duct tape, about 4-inches long. Cut the strip in half horizontally so you end up with 2 pieces that are each about 4" x 1".
Lay one of the pieces of tape, sticky side up, on your work surface. Lay one of the short edges of cell phone case onto the tape so it overlaps about half of the tape. Fold up the other side of the tape onto the cell phone case. Repeat this step with the other short edge of the cell phone case.
Trim any extra tape flush with the side edges of the cell... phone case.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Make the Strap for The Carabiner
Cut a piece of duct tape about 4-inches long. Starting at one of the long sides, fold in the edges. Continue this until you have a thin, rolled strip.
Now we can attach the strap to the cell phone case.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Attaching the Carabiner Strap to the Cell Phone Case
Set your cell phone case on your work surface. Place one end of the carabiner strap, centered, overlapping the edge of the cell phone case by about an inch. Use a piece of duct tape to hold it in place.
Flip over your cell phone case. Fold over the loose end of the carabiner strap and tape in onto the case the same way you did the first end.
Now we are ready to fold the cell phone case.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Folding the Cell Phone Case
Fold up the bottom of the cell phone case so that the bottom edge stops about 2-inches below the top edge. Before you tape the sides, you may want to slip your cell phone in the case to make sure it fits how you want it to.
Cut a piece of duct tape, about 8-inches long. Cut the strip in half horizontally so you end up with 2 pieces that are each about 8" x 1".
Lay your folded cell phone cover on your work surface. Lay one of the cut pieces of tape onto the side of the cell phone case.... Repeat this for the other side and then fold the tape over to the back of the cell phone case. This will create the pocket for your cell phone.
Trim any extra tape flush with the side edges of the cell phone case.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Finishing the Duct Tape Cell Phone Case
All you need to do now to finish your duct tape cell phone case is to clip on the carabiner and slide your cell phone into the pocket. Of course, you can also personalize your duct tape cell phone case by decorating it. Use stickers, designs cut from duct tape, or anything else you like.