Introduction: Paper Covered Phone (Chemical Suit)

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How to make a cover for your phone out of paper.
Mine ended up looking like a Chemical Suit.

Before we start, Just thought I'd draw your attention to the "View all steps on one page" button. I'm not suggesting my instructable is best viewed like that, I'm just pointing out that the button exists. I took me about a week of reading instructables to notice it, now I click it every time I read somebodies instructable.

Possibly my favorite feature of Instructables.

Step 1: Gather Materials, Get Workspace

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Phone (I used my Nokia 5140 with GPS Shell)
Paper (About half a sheet of printer paper)
Plastic Food Bag (optional)


Find somewhere to work.
(I used what little of my desk i could clear by pushing things out of the way.)

Step 2: Prepare the Paper

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1. Pick up your piece of paper.
2. Watch you plastic food bag fall off the desk.
3. Scrunch up your paper.
4. Unscrunch your paper.

Repeat points 3 and 4 till paper is supple and wrinkled (like a bank note*)

*In my younger more deviant days i would print out £5 notes on my printer and then "soften" the paper to make it feel right. I never managed to buy anything off adults using this method.

Yes £5 (Five Pounds), I live in the UK. Despite not having dollars the word dollar has, annoyingly, entered the slang vocabulary. (e.g. "ee-yah mate, got a dollah?")

Step 3: Measure and Trim Paper

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1. Place phone on paper.
2. Wrap Paper around phone.
3. Trim excess paper.

Step 4: Cut Window for Screen

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Cut out the paper which covers the screen.

To find where the screen is, go somewhere dark and use the screen light (see picture). Then you could draw around the screen and cut along the lines.

(Ghetto Points if you cut it out whilst the papers still on the phone, without even drawing guide lines.)

Step 5: Add Plastic Screen Cover.

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1. Pick up plastic food bag that fell onto the floor.

2. Cut out suitable size section.
(Has to be slightly bigger than window hole in paper)

3. Tape it into place.

Step 6: Final Wrapping

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1. Line up screen and window.
2. Wrap paper round phone.
3. Pull paper tight around the widest part of the phone.
4. Tape it.
5. Pull paper tight round narrower part.
6. Tape it.
7. If you're left with bits that stick up just tape 'em down
8. Look at the top of the phone.
9. Fold the paper like you would a present
10. Tape it
11. Fold and tape the bottom.

Step 7: Final Step.

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1. Check that your window placement is still OK.

2. Using the pen, draw things on the phone.
(I decided to draw the numbers in the right place and a circle where i forgot to make a window for the camera lens)

3. Call someone on your newly covered phone.

Other Things To Do.
-Get a hug from your sister (or other close friend/family)

-Try covering the phone in tape to make it super durable and splash proof. (see photo for proof of concept. That one took me seconds)

-Buy some "Nixie Tubes" complete with some ancient circuitry with a view to building a clock, then remember that you have no knowledge of electronics.

-Buy a digital camera. (Although technically both digital, and a camera, my web cam is more than just a bit pants.)

Hands : Me
Male : Me
Female : Sister
Memory Trigger : GLYPH BUILDER*
Place to Share : Instructables

*I had thought about wrapping my phone about a year ago, but it wasn't until i read glyph builder's instructable that I remembered and actually did it.


paul the maker (author)2015-11-11

noikias are best they will surive a whole nuke droping on them

TJ_HACKZ (author)2010-07-08

my N99 . . . lololol ;)

paulgeering (author)TJ_HACKZ2010-07-08

NICE! Hope you had fun making it and then trying to explain it to your friends (-: PG

TJ_HACKZ (author)2010-07-08

i tried on my nokia 1650 and convert it to nokia N99 ;) see the pic......

akamelinda (author)2009-04-30

hmmmmm.... ok i'll try it!

adb123 (author)2009-04-05


paulgeering (author)2008-09-02


paulgeering (author)2008-02-18

Translation of the above from Russian into English: "I like this! more stuff please ... this is really cool!"

paulgeering (author)paulgeering2008-02-18

Hey Big Bubba, Thanks for the encouragement.

paulgeering (author)paulgeering2008-03-20

The reply below says: "Your welcome"

bpmaxmaster (author)2007-12-01

I did it to my virgin mobile slice ghetto style and it looks pretty sweet... thanx for the idea.

chalky (author)2007-08-02

(Ghetto Points if you cut it out whilst the papers still on the phone, without even drawing guide lines.) haha more ghetto points if you shoot it out whilst not managing to "bust a cap in ones arse" LOL

Weissensteinburg (author)2007-02-03

I tried this...apparently it doesnt work with flip phones..

i think i could find a way to make it fit a flip phone

Let me know if you do.

or slide phones (chocolates, sidekicks, etc) might work with a blackberry or a Treo.

pinstripebob (author)2007-07-22

I know, everyone's jealous of our (U.S.A.) superior monetary system. jk

chatterbox14730 (author)2007-07-08

Can you put a paper cover on a flip phone?

I don't know. The best way to find out would be to try it. After a few tries and a bit of creative thinking you might find a way to do it. Paul

Browncoat (author)2007-06-22

So simple, yet so brilliant! What a great way to Firefly-ize my phone!!

lexmsx (author)2007-06-21

Very nice paper mod british pal hehehe maybe my 1100 will have a paper cover too

chatterbox14730 (author)2007-06-14

The paper cover is so cool, a lot better than the duct tape cover

dhoncave (author)2007-02-27

here in the Philippines we have lots and lots of interchangeable celfone casings for different models. from crystal clears to different color designs,camouflage etc. we have casings too to make your older model phones to look like the latest models on sale,complete with functioning buttons.we have what we also call here Celdoms,just like where it got its name it protects the phone..whats cool is it's so can buy some for less than a the next time someone you knew will go to Philippines dont forget to ask them to buy some for you..and of course specify the cellfone model.

armoty1 (author)2006-11-20

My freak one nokia 3310 transformed to be N93 llooooolll awesome .

paulgeering (author)armoty12006-11-28

Sweet! Now you don't ever have to be bored with your phone's looks, just re-style, go crazy. For a while mine was "Blacked out" (covered in black wax crayon) He he. Paul G

aiden120000 (author)2006-10-26

how do you get to the charger and pop port?

paulgeering (author)aiden1200002006-11-28

You Don't. He he, All these things require extra design. My initial design was just to see if it can be done. I'm sure with a bit of thought you'll think of something. Like maybe a whole in the bottom of the case? Paul

Canned Husky (author)2006-10-14

Lovely! love to do that with my phone except its a flippy clamshell one..i'll think of something some time

el_wombato (author)2006-10-01

Tyvek would be much sturdier, and still look mostly like paper.

Heliosphan (author)2006-10-01

Interesting idea. Cant imagine its too robust tho even with the food bag, without a sellotape cover it'll surely fall apart or begin to tear at the screen cutout, or get hooked on something. Sellotape gets packets thru royal mails crappy service, so is stronger. I too like the idea of 'view all steps on one page' but wished that it would default to it. P.S. I too am from good ole blighty and have several of those £s that you mention, what part of the isles are you in, I'm in't West Mids. I'm still thinking of something for my first instructable, since I'm learning to play pool semi-seriously I may do something on that.

paulgeering (author)Heliosphan2006-10-01

Southport, North West. So far its held up to 2 days of punnishment. The window is plenty strong enough, remember the tape that holds the food bag on to the paper (inside cover), well that reinforces things nicely. I did however put some extra tiny bits of tape on the front over the join between paper and plastic to prevent lift/peeling. That is the start of all tearing problems.

theRIAA (author)2006-10-01


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