Duct/k tape belt case for a mobile device (iPod/iPhone, Pocket PC, etc.)

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This is a belt case that I have made for my HP iPAQ 214. I had bought a belt case from HP, only to find that it would fall off my belt when I was least expecting it. But, as they say, necessity is the mother of invention, and this is the result. It should be easily adaptable to different sizes of device.

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.

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Step 1: Tools & Materials

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 - 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.

- Scissors
- Soft pencil
- Ruler

Step 2: Cut the plastic

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First, position the device in the corner of your sheet of plastic or rigid material, and mark its widest and longest points. Use a ruler to draw a rectangle from these marks, and then copy it. Cut these rectangles out and round off any sharp corners.

These pieces of plastic will become the sides of the case.

Step 3: Assemble the first layer of tape

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Place a strip of tape along the edge of one side. Place the device on the plastic and wrap the tape around to the other side of the device. Cut the tape at the edge, leaving a bit of slack, then stick the other side onto that end of the tape. (The pictures should explain better.)

Repeat for the other end of the plastic, followed by the central parts. Snip off any excess tape.
monkeyman264 years ago
duck meaning Duck brand duct tape
Fodaro (author)  monkeyman264 years ago
Well, that's what I used. I'm not going to start that debate again. I reckon any brand will do.