Introduction: Duct Tape IPod Touch Slip Case for Dirty Conditions

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Work or play in a dirty environment? I do, and I like to listen to my iPod while I'm at it. I decided to make this and share it with the world.

What you will need:
1 Clear Plastic Freezer Bag
Duct Tape
Clear Packaging Tape
X-Acto Knife or Box Cutter

Step 1: Cut the Freezer Bag to Size

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The purpose of the bag is to protect from water and dust. It makes a pretty decent barrier. It also makes it easy to remove your iPod.

Place your iPod into the back at the bottom corner making sure you use the back side of the bag so the label isn't blocking the screen. Make sure it's in there nice and snuggly with the edges of the bag!

Proceed to cut around the iPod. Make sure you leave about 1.5 inches of slack on the vertical side and cut just about flush to the top of the iPod horizontally.

Next, tape the vertical edge of the back to the back of the iPod. Make sure it's not too tight or else you won't be able to remove your precious easily.

Step 2: Reinforce the Touch Screen

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Cut out a piece of clear packaging tape about the length of the touch screen (Most packaging tapes are perfect width already). Stick it on bag over the screen while trying to keep bubbles to a minimum.

Side note:
Don't fret if you have a bunch of bubbles! A good technique for eliminating them is to take your X-Acto and poke the bubbles from the inside of the case, just enough to let the air out. Once you've done that, just squish the bubble and it will be almost perfect.

Step 3: Bust Out the Duct Tape!

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With your iPod still in the bag, start putting tape carefully around the screen. I started with putting the horizontal pieces first.

When you put the top horizontal piece on, make sure you have quite a bit hanging off the edge to make a flap so you can wrap it around the back side. Put tape on both sides of this flap.

Step 4: The Flap Strap

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Fold over a piece of duct tape and cut out two identical pieces measuring about 1/2" by 1.5". Lay them flat on a clean surface. Take another piece of duct take and cut it in half lengthwise. Stick it to both sides of the two pieces as shown.

Pull it off the surface and stick it to the back of the casing near the top so the two double sided pieces are horizontal to the flap.

Take another strip of duct tape about 8" long and cut out a long strip about 1/2". Fold it over so that it is sticking to the flap on both sides.

Do a quick test to see if the strap is long enough to hold. If not, make adjustments accordingly.

Step 5: The Headphone Jack Hole

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Pull your iPod out of the case and lay it flat on its face so that both the bottoms of the case and iPod are touching. Take a marker or make a mental note on where the hole should be cut out. Use an X-Acto knife or some other fancy tool to gouge a hole.

Congratulations! You have yourself a fairly rugged iPod case! I haven't drop tested it yet, but I do believe that is where this case is lacking. Have fun!


Blaziken (author)2013-03-23

Have u tested that's its water proof for like rain and stuff
It's just genius

drabinowitz (author)2011-06-04

i don't get it... you have a lot ot taping straight to the ipod so it sticks onto it- how is it removable? Some clarification?

mkdood (author)drabinowitz2011-09-08

step one.

phanjonathanm (author)2011-05-28

THANK YOUU!Mine came out great,mine looks as good as yours!Actually,maybe even better,instead of the straight strip on the back,I used a triangle with two cuts on each side so it hooks,it looks good!Thank you,I would have never came up with something as good as you!P.S. PEOPLE PLEASE REINFORCE THE SCREEN AS HE SAID,THE BAG RIPS ALOT.

Ninja Bob (author)2010-08-19

that is so cool i am definanatly making me one

godzillalikespie (author)2010-07-30

This is a really nice instructable. I Things just got a little unclear at some points, but I varied it a bit to make it work for me :D

filipinoguy411 (author)2010-06-04

i have the same cutting board

MrMadmonkey4 (author)2010-05-15

thats cool.does it protect it from cracks?

iMakeRandomStuff (author)2010-01-08

so this guide is basically telling you how to cover your ipod or iphone with duct tape. USEFUL! 


rck_mtn_climber (author)2009-08-30

I made a duct tape case before I saw this and mine is -ok-, but yours looks amazing

hermionegranger (author)2009-07-09

all and all this turned out GREAT. I did make a few changes though because i couldn't understand the instructions. Making the top flap and strap was especially confusing but awesome idea 

tanmanknex (author)2009-05-17

yeah, that's where the plastic comes in.

cliche_cliche (author)2009-04-06

They're actually old Sony mdr-600's. The jack was replaced with a cheap one from radio shack.

CarStalkerZ (author)2008-10-09

check out mine how do you like it its an ipod touch 8gb

Great job CarStalkerZ

kiss my donkey (author)2008-11-08

Wow thanks!!!!!!!!!!! you saved me 30 bucks!

I'm so glad you found this useful!

srhadaham (author)2008-10-16

i used to make duct tape cases for all of my stuff but gave up because they always get sticky.

Maximilian (author)2008-08-05

I just got the LG Dare, and I'm going to try this! If successful, I'll post pics. Thanks, Max

cliche_cliche (author)Maximilian2008-08-06

Nice! I'd love to see someone else's work!

pepsivanilla93 (author)2008-07-19

im so making that for my iphone right now. just got a 3G 2 days ago and need a case thx!

You're very welcome! Just make sure to cut a hole for the camera and speakers!

naj0rt (author)2008-05-05

Lol its duct tape not duct take. Sorry had to point that out.<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href=""></a><br/><a rel="nofollow" href=""></a><br/>

cliche_cliche (author)naj0rt2008-06-08

Spelling error. Sorry it took so long to fix!

studmuffin3dawg2 (author)2008-06-07

i dont understand what you mean to do for the top horizontal piece

Oh, sorry! I should have made it more clear which way the ipod is situated. The idea is to have the ipod so the hold switch is on top and the phone jack is on the bottom. You don't need the flap, it's just another layer of protection against the elements. Did I answer your question?

buterSBob29 (author)2008-04-14

OOHH That looks cool! I would have said it was an iphone though!

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