My idea for the design was to sandwich the device between two pieces of flexible plastic for protection and rigidity, and then encase the whole thing in tape.
Step 1: Tools & Materials
- Plastic or other tough material: this can be anything that will give the case some rigidity, but must still bend to allow you to remove the device. I used the cover of last year's student planner from my college. You could also try card, a maybe part of a plastic milk carton.
- Duck/duct tape (obviously)
- Sticky-back Velcro or other fastener that you can fix to the duck tape. I found mine in the Haberdashery section of John Lewis.
- Soft pencil
Step 2: Cut the plastic
These pieces of plastic will become the sides of the case.
Step 3: Assemble the first layer of tape
Repeat for the other end of the plastic, followed by the central parts. Snip off any excess tape.
Step 4: Add the side tape
To finish this part off, close the gaps in the corners off with a bit of tape.
Step 5: Add the outside layer
Repeat this process for the other end of the case, and the central parts, then fold the excess tape over into the case.
Add a loop at the back of the case for a belt, sticky side out, and then cover it with another piece of tape. This piece should be as long as possible, to wrap around the bottom of the case to the front. Also add a piece that goes through the loop and all the way around the case. Generally make the belt loop as strong as possible, as all the weight of the case and device will go through this.
Finally, cover the ends with tape.
Step 6: Make the flap
Next, cut a piece of plastic about as long as your case and a centimetre or two wide, and stick it to the end of the tape, leaving a bit of excess. Stick another at the other end, and as many as you need in the middle. Then fold the excess tape over the plastic. Stick more tape length-ways along the flap to cover the sticky parts, folding the excess over as before.
Step 7: Add the Velcro
Now put your device in the case and close the flap so that the second piece of Velcro sticks to the body of the case. Push firmly to make it stick well.
Step 8: Finished!
If you don't like the one-colour look, I came across Hummer_head's Duct tape laptop skin instructable. The same approach might work quite well on this case... please send in a photo if you try this.
Happy sticking, and don't forget to vote in the Duct Tape Tough contest!