Learn how to make a washi tape phone case cover in just a few easy steps! This is so easy, even a kid can do it. Inexpensive and great for gifts.
I’m one of those people who wants a new cell phone cover every other week. I like my cell phone covers to match my outfits even. Does that make me a huge dork? Maybe. But the way that I feed the need is to decorate my cell phone cases with washi tape – and I’m excited to show you how I do it!
Washi Tape Phone Case
This is definitely one of those projects where I said to myself, “everyone else is doing it, so why shouldn’t I?” Spending a ton of money on a phone case doesn’t make any sense to me . . . I just want something protective but cute.
If you’re in the same boat, this is going to be the craft for you. It’s inexpensive, and unique, and you’ll definitely get people wondering where you got your phone case!
There are three simple steps to this project – you’re going to cover the case with washi tape, trim, and then seal. Before we dive into that, let’s go over a few things.
Where to Get Your Case
I have two go-to places to get cell phone cases for this sort of project – Dollar Tree and eBay. I check Dollar Tree first, but they don’t always have the most current phone case sizes. It really just depends.
After that, I’ll go to eBay and look for something inexpensive. I don’t mind used . . . I typically look for white or clear. I plan to spend about $2 – $6.
Every now and again you can get lucky and find cell phone cases in the dollar bins at Target or Michaels . . . and sometimes they’re at the thrift store. If you find one, grab it – they don’t stick around long!
Which Washi Tape to Use?
I find that the higher quality washi tape is important to use in this project if you really want it to stick. By “higher quality,” I recommend either MT Tapes or Duck Brand washi tape. I haven’t used every single brand of washi, but I don’t like fussing with the $1 rolls on plastic because they don’t seem to stick as well.
Are you ready to dive into the project tutorial? Let’s go!
How to Decorate Your Cell Phone Case
Gather These Supplies
- Cell phone case
- Washi tape
- Craft knife
- Mod Podge or other sealer
- Sandpaper (optional)
Unwrap the roll of washi tape. If your phone case has a particularly shiny surface, you may want to consider roughing it up with a little sandpaper so that the tape sticks better. If you do it, wipe or wash all the dust away before beginning.
Place the tape down in the center of the case to start. The reason for this is so that the tape looks evenly dispersed from top to bottom. It’s nit picky but that’s how I roll!
Keep placing washi down, lining up the pieces as you go. You don’t have to do it on the diagonal; I’ll leave that up to you.
Continuing adding tape until the entire phone case is covered.
Use a craft knife to carefully cut out the portion of the washi tape covering the camera.
Trim around the edges with the craft knife and fold over if needed. Once you’re done, this is the time that you seal with Mod Podge or with a clear acrylic sealer.
If you try this project with the inexpensive tapes, I highly recommend sealing so the tape doesn’t peel up. Especially around the edges!
The great news is that even when your washi tape phone case is sealed, and even if it lasts for quite awhile, you can still peel the tape off at a later date. You might have to do some picking, but you’ll be able to decorate and re-decorate over and over again!
One of my friends blogging has also decorated a phone case, and I like the way she did it so I want to share her post. She chose to use different patterns and not go all the way up with the tape (which makes it even easier). Learn more at Jessica’s site.
Washi tape phone cover at zakka life