Introduction: Don't Panic! It's Just Another Customized Phone Case

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After recently purchasing a new phone, I decided that I was going to personalize it somehow. The case I got to go with it was a horribly bland grey-ish white that I soon became tired of staring at. Then I started thinking.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is one of my favorite sci-fi books ever. Carrying some of the best advice in the universe around in my pocket is about as necessary as carrying a towel.

I'm not a super artistic person, but custom phone cases are very easy to make, and you don't need fancy tools. Just paint and patience. And a little boredom helps.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Materials:

  • two different colors of spray paint.
  • paper
  • an ugly phone case that needs a little paint
  • painter's tape (the blue kind works well)

Tools:

  • a pen knife
  • a computer and printer (to design the stencil)
  • patience

Time:

  • a day or two, to let the paint cure

Step 2: Make the Stencil

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Measure the back of the phone before you start designing a stencil. Always allow a little room around the edges so that your design doesn't slip off the edge.

Open a software of your choice (I just used Word) and create your design. Remember that it has to be stencil-friendly. (choosing a stencil font helps quite a bit)

When you're done, just print it out on a sheet of printer paper and carefully cut away the lines with a pen knife. This could take a few minutes.

Step 3: Base Coat

Before applying the stencil, it often looks nice to have a base coat of paint. I chose a dark black with a satin finish.

In a well-ventilated area, apply a coat of spray paint to the case and allow plenty of time to dry. Most spray paint dries in about 15-20 minutes, but takes much longer to cure. Allow a few hours (or let the case sit overnight) before applying the stencil.

Step 4: Stencil Time!

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After the first coat of paint has had plenty of time to dry, secure the finished stencil on the case with some painter's tape. I'm sure you can figure out what to do next.

Paint it with the second color of your choice. I chose a metallic silver.

After the paint has had a few minutes to dry, very carefully remove the tape and the stencil to reveal the finished phone case! Beautiful, isn't it. But don't get too excited. The second layer of paint also needs time to cure or it will rub off in your pocket :0

Once again, I'm not a very artistic person. I usually make electronics, rockets, and compressed air cannons. But I thought I would share this project anyway. {truthfully, I was super bored and waiting for a package to arrive}

Comments

strikew3st (author)2017-08-26

Neat little time killer! Isn't it amazing, that when I was a kid reading the series the Guide seemed amazing & indispensable, & nowadays every cellphone has even better capabilities. Thanks for sharing.

LabRatMatt (author)strikew3st2017-08-28

Glad you enjoyed it! I almost didn't share this project, but I'm glad I did. The modern realizations of sci-fi technology continue to surprise amaze me.

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