I have fallen in love with Washi Tape. Its one of my newest fascinations. I took Washi Tape and made Washi Tape Frames to spruce up the living room. But my latest was taking Washi Tape and making a Washi Tape Cellphone Case.
When I went to NY City in September I had a small problem of my phone battery not holding a charge long enough to take all the photos and tweet and Facebook. Horrible I know. I found a few Starbucks where I was able to charge for a minute or two but not for very long. When I got to the train station, I finally broke down and purchased a Mophie case for my phone. Now I love this little case. First of all it has a battery in it so it can charge my iPhone. Secondly its rather thick so pretty good at protecting my phone. And lastly it uses a microUSB charger to charge. While I’m charging the battery in the case itself I am also charging the phone. LOVE IT. The only thing I didn’t like about it was the dull gray color. I need vibrancy or patterns in my life. So in my love all things Washi Tape I decided to hit the cellphone case and see what I could make up.
The first step is to prep the phone case itself. Even if the case is brand new out of the box it will have some oils from your hands and probably some dust.
To prep the case wipe clean with a damp cloth and then with a dry one to remove any moisture. Be sure to stay away from the battery components!
The next step is to line up the tape so that the designs match. Some patterns are not hard to match such as my floral pattern I used for the Washi Tape Frames. This pattern was slightly different though:
With my pattern even though I have some portions that overlap in order to make the pattern line up you cannot tell that it is doubled. Other patterns may be easier to see multiple layers and use your craft knife to simply cut down the straight line to make it a single layer. I used a craft knife to cut out the holes for the camera and side buttons. With the Mophie case I also needed to cut a small portion out of the back to access the battery power:
The Mophie case also has rounded edges and I used special care to make sure these were covered well. I cut small slices into these areas to bend over almost in pie shape.