Cardboard Props: How to make a prop iPhone or iPad

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I make props for my Scout districts annual Gang Show, and this year I was asked to provide a prop iPhone, I thought oh hell, how do I make an iPhone? Then one day wondering through Tesco I noticed one of those rubber shock absorbing sleeves for iPhones, It contained a cardboard image of an iPhone.... and then it hit me... I could just do the same

So here it is, Biggsy's prop iPhone!
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Step 1: Ingredients

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So what are you going to need?
  • Cardboard
  • Cutting implement (Knife or scissors which ever your more comfortable with)
  • If you use a knife, you'll need a cutting mat
  • Pencil/Pen
  • Glue & paint brush for application
  • Tissue paper
  • Black paint or a Black marker
  • Colour printer
  • Access to something like Google images
  • Sticky back plastic

Step 2: IMage ?

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What you need to do here is acquire from somewhere an image of an iPhone that is true size. You could cut it out of a magazine or download it off a website such as Google images. ~If needed re-size the image using whatever software you have on your PC, and print it out in COLOUR

Step 3: Cut n'Trim sir?

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What you need do here, is roughly cut round the outline of your i Phone image, place this rough cut on top of a piece of cardboard, and with your craft knife (or scissors) cut out the card and the image to size (if your not very accurate with a blade or scissors i suggest cutting out your image properly, then tracing round it onto your cardboard.

Step 4: Papier Mache

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Now I have found in the past that I waste a lot of paint trying to back fill the seams of the corrugated cardboard, so this year I have decided to just put a few layers of papier mache tissue around any of the rough edges. I use 2 parts glue to one part water, then layer one or two thin strips of tissue paper over  the edges. I don't bother using news paper as if i'm going to paint something I find that the ink sometimes shows through.
Dernavern1 year ago
cheddarevan2 years ago
Hey why isn't my touchscreen working? Why does my phone seem...papery?
cheddarevan2 years ago
So awesome
Biggsy (author)  cheddarevan2 years ago
I got lucky really, thankfully on stage it looked real enough. Y'know what gave me the idea? I was looking at iphone cases and saw theyhad a peice f card in that looked like an iphone screen :-)
ChrysN4 years ago
Nice prop!
Biggsy (author)  ChrysN4 years ago
Thanks Chrys
Dr. Pepper4 years ago
cool! nice instructable!
Biggsy (author)  Dr. Pepper4 years ago
lol thanks matey :)