The Duct Tape Cell Phone Tripod Case!
What's You'll Need
1. Cell Phone
2. Duct Tape
3. Invisible Tape
4. Tape Measure
6. Utility Knife
7. Tripod Mount from an Old Camera
Step 1: Measure Phone & Create Duct Tape Cloth
For those unfamiliar (and unfortunate enough to have not found) the wonderful world of duct tape cloth/fabric, let's start by discussing what that is! Those familiar with making duct tape cloth/fabric can gloss through this step.
Duct tape fabric is a 2-ply layering of duct tape, sticky sides together, the following is geared toward this specific project (in terms of dimensions) but can be followed for other instructables for which duct tape cloth is needed.
Just ensure that other projects do not have their own methods (such as adhering the duct tape to paper, aluminum foil, or other material to provide a more sturdy fabric).
Ply 1 of Duct Tape Fabric (Bottom Ply):
Using the cell phone measurements from the previous step, tear strips of duct tape somewhat larger than the exact measurement + 2.5" of the the long side of the phone, in the neighborhood of 1"-2" larger (this doesn't need to be exact, as the excess will be cut off).
Lay the first strip of tape down, sticky side up, and tear off another piece of roughly the same size.
Overlap the second piece on top of the first piece by it's long side, still sticky side up, by 1/4" and continue until you have achieved a size as big as or greater than the circumfrance of the phone + 2.5".
Ply 2 of Duct Tape Fabric (Top Ply):
Using Ply 1 as a guide, overlay the strips with duct tape of similar length (as pictured) and continue with the 1/4" overlap until all of Ply 1 is covered.
Finishing Duct Tape Fabric for Use:
Trim duct tape cloth using the utility knife to remove excess tape and square up the shape of the cloth, providing straight edges to work with.
Step 2: Align and Burrito Wrap the Phone in Duct Tape Cloth
Step 3: Cut and Add the Tripod Mount (optional - Add Control Window)
IMPORTANT STEP FOR THOSE WITHOUT A CAMERA BUTTON
If your phone does not have an external camera (shutter) button, you will also need to cut out an area to access the touch screen at this point. Each phone is different, so you will need to use the same method to mark the button (aligning the phone and the case) to create an open strip in the duct tape fabric. Just bring up your phone's camera application and figure out the best placement. Once cut out, since this is very likely a much bigger opening, you will need to cover the edges in the same half width strip of duct tape manner as used to to cover the ends of the tube in the next few steps.
Step 4: Seal the Burrito Tube & Cover the Tripod Mount on the Outside
Using the pen, mark the hole where the tripod screw will connect into the camera mount. CAREFULLY use the utility knife to remove the tape from the area that was just marked with the pen, making every effort to avoid cutting or shaving the threads inside the camera mount with the utility knife.
Using a half width strip of tape, cover the edges of the end of the “burrito” tube that is to remain open. This will create a nice finished edge, and prevent the tape from separating and the edge from wanting to roll over.
Step 5: Close the Tube to Form a Pouch - Fold & Remove One Triangle
Step 6: Close the Tube to Form a Pouch - Fold & Cut the Second Triangle to Remove
Step 7: Close the Tube to Form a Pouch - Seal Up the Edges
Step 8: Add Camera Phone Button Access
Step 9: Cell Phone Tripod Case Complete!