Introduction: How to Make an IPhone

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Do you let your kid play with your cell phone? Well, I did but when I upgraded to an IPhone I knew I had a problem - there was just no way I was going to let my toddler play with my awesome new toy. I needed one for her. And, as soon as I saw the beautiful box that my iphone came in I knew I had the makings for a do-it-yourself IPhone.

1 iphone box*
Good scissors and knife
Crayola Model Magic in black
Sharpened pencil
Elmers glue
Black tempura paint

  • If you don't have an iphone box you can go to Tech Crunch and print out the iphone. If you take this route you will need to mold your own iphone back without any help but it shouldn't be too hard.

And, check out my full post on this at Mommy Poppins

Step 1:

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Step 1 - Remove the black foam from the inside of the box and cut out the iphone on the top of the box, you may need to use a combination of a knife and sciors to get the job done . The box sort of comes apart but you want to make sure you have the hard cardboard part as well as the top layer with the iphone image.

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Step 2 - Mush your model magic around in your hands to get it nice and smooth and then stuff the model magic in the plastic mold in the iphone case. I did it twice, once where I let the model magic dry in the mold and it didn't work as well as when I took it out so I suggest that once you get the model magic all smushed in the mold you take it out and smooth the edges. Use your sharpened pencil and knife to make the earphone and power holes and slats (see step 3 image).

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Step 3 - Paint the sides and back of the iphone cut-out black.

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Step 4 - Once your model magic is dry (takes about 24 hours), glue your iphone cut-out onto the model magic and you are done! I used Elmer's glue but any glue will work.


wylekat (author)2016-03-08

Or... if your old iphone screws up (like mine did- it was jailbroken/ unlocked without my knowledge by a phone store), you go get something else, and sentence the phone to life as an entertainment tablet for a less than graceful toddler.

I had NO phone capability after I had to do a reset on it, and the place I took it to, after some digging found out why (the jailbreaking). I got a Note 4, kid got an iPhone 4.

Delete_ (author)2014-10-04

We're they for real????

FerdBurfle (author)2012-09-21

What are sciors and where can I get one?

acerpeng229 (author)FerdBurfle2012-10-28

scissors are something you use to cut for instance paper, card or anything. You can get it at a stationary shop.

He asked for Sciors. Not SciSSors.

Sergeant Sarcasm (author)2014-03-11

This would be a good prop for stuff if it looked more real, but since it was made for kids it wouldn't be important. However I'm interested in learning how to make a more realistic fake iPhone as well as an Android for a prop.

jbmullis (author)2013-09-25

Great idea, I have granddaughters who are Iphone literate and play with old phones. Want to make this quicker, use an old case as the back. The new phones are a different size and shape so your old case probably won't fit your new phone. Or go buy a really cheap case and use that. That way you don't need to be a sculptor.
Kudos on a great instructable!

Light_Lab (author)2012-09-09

I saw toy iPhones in the local thrift shops and I joked that no small child nowadays had enough imagination left to enjoy such a toy. The photo of your little girl proves me wrong. I really like the recycling aspect of this instructable.
When my own daughter was a toddler I used to bring home packaging from work, she got just as much fun out of it as a shop bought toy.

Atlas Portal 2 (author)2012-04-07

dang it I thought it was going to be a real iphone dissapointment in my self :(

1. Jailbreak iPhone
2. Install IncarcerApp
3. Set activator signal
4. Enter app
5. Input signal
6. Profit that now nobody can exit the app D:

What?! Cardboard does not qualify as "real"?!

bbgun_sniper (author)2011-12-15

lol nice

jacobeitor (author)2009-12-05

 Great idea!!! I definitely need it for my son. I use to let him play with my old iphone but now that i have the new one and sold the other one, he needs one of this to play with.

nickels (author)2009-06-09

Great idea! However, I let my toddler play with my iPhone. There are tons of games and apps that actually help teach toddlers. Just implement a few rules like they have to be sitting on the couch and not running around. My 2 1/2 year old loves playing on the iPhone, and I drop it more then she ever has. Thank god for hard cases!

JellyWoo (author)2008-10-26

cool! but what if....... child: yummy, this tastes awesome!!!!! mommy: ummm..... tom? wats the poison control center number? jk

yummahcupekakez (author)JellyWoo2009-04-04

Yeah, I think that the author should have baked the clay so this won't happen.

falcotheimpaler (author)JellyWoo2009-01-03

hmmm... think i might make an iphone out of dough. edible.

mommypoppins (author)JellyWoo2008-10-26

Not to worry, according to the Crayola site, model magic is "non-toxic, safe and worry-free for use with children of all ages". As for your real iphone, that might be a problem if your kid eats it...

JellyWoo (author)mommypoppins2008-10-26


silveravnt (author)2009-01-16

Very cute.

ee909 (author)2008-11-15

Were these pictures taken with your iPhone?

mommypoppins (author)ee9092008-11-17

Yup, why?

westfw (author)2008-10-23

neat idea. But you know, if you let your toddler have a "toy" iphone, they're SURE to want a real one of their own later...

Chicken2209 (author)westfw2008-10-23

no, the toddler will just pull the old (switcher-ew?) and you'll end up with the fake.

PKM (author)Chicken22092008-10-24



Chicken2209 (author)PKM2008-10-24

yeah that i was drawing a blank

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