Duct Tape Cell Phone Cover




About: Self-taught computer geek. Professional Unix systems administrator.

I like to carry my cell phone in my pocket, but I don't want to scratch it with my keys or loose change, so I made a cover out of duct tape.

This is a simple duct tape cover for a "candy bar" style phone, like my Motorola L6 SLVR.

It has a liner to keep the phone from getting scummy from the adhesives in the duct tape and a flap on the back to protect the lens of the integrated camera.

Step 1: List of Materials.

1. Heavy Duty Duct Tape - Black
2. Scotch Tape
3. Scissors
4. Although it's not in the picture, a ruler. Not so much for measurements, but to help tuck the tape inside the case. (You'll see what I mean later.)
5. Lining material. I used the thin sheet packing foam that came in the box with a keyboard we ordered at work. You could use anything that won't scratch your phone. (Plastic bag, Tyvek envelope, etc)
6. Phone, to use as a template.

Step 2: Wrap the Phone in the Liner Material.

1. Cut a rectangle in the liner material so that a half an inch extends below the bottom of the phone.

2. To make it easier to remove the phone from the finished case, I aligned the top edge of the material so that it was just below the Motorola logo on the front of the phone.

3. Tightly wrap the phone so that the right and left sides of the liner overlap in the back. Tape in place with scotch tape.

4. Fold the remaining material at the bottom of the phone and tape in place. (For my phone I decided to follow the rounded edge at the bottom. I guess it depends on the phone, but I wonder if a boxed end would have worked better.)

Step 3: Start Covering With Duct Tape.

Starting at the top edge, wrap the phone in duct tape. (Mine took two passes with about an eight of an inch overlap)

This left the a little bit of the liner exposed at the bottom of the phone. Which we'll take care of in the next step.

Step 4: Cover the Bottom Edge.

1. To cover the bottom edge I cut two pieces of duct tape. The length is actually the width of the tape as it comes off the roll. The width is about a half inch.

2. Put the tape over the bottom edge of the phone. Make sure that you start from the same position on both sides of the phone and work to the middle of the bottom edge, as this will be a visible seem. Otherwise it will look uneven.

Step 5: Cover the Front and Back of the Phone.

1. Cut a piece of duct tape about 14 inches long and lay on your work surface sticky-side up.

2. Place the duct tape wrapped phone from the previous step on the tape so that the top edge is approximately 3/4 of the from one end of the tape, like in the picture below.

3. Take the phone out and fold over the short edge and tuck it inside, making the back of the case. The lens for the camera on my L6 is on the back so I pinched the tape so that there was a half inch flap that sticks out of the back.

4. Put the phone back in and fold over the front side, then remove it again to tuck the tape into the case.

5. Use a wooden ruler to "square-up" the bottom of the case by sticking it inside with the case bottom on the table. Tamp down the tape from the inside so that it makes good contact with lining material, especially in any corners.

6. Lastly, I wiped the whole thing down with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol to remove any excess adhesive.

Step 6: Images of Finished Product.

Here are some images of what you have when you're done.

This is my first Instructable. I hope you liked it.

Thanks and Enjoy!



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    19 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    This is day 3 of my 30 day instructables personal challenge, inspired by losing my cell phone for two days after it fell out of my previous, obviously too-loose, repurposed cover. Here's the more snug and hopefully more useful replacement, perched inside its originating duck tape roll (photographing something made of shiny black duck tape is surprisingly hard!).


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Hmm, I'll have to try this but I wonder if you were to add something like a cheap money clip if you could create a belt clip for it too. I'm trying to replicate a nice Bodyglove iPhone holster I had years back for my Droid X.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    :) I came across this page last year and made a grey case in Feb, 2008. Months later, I got a new phone and purple Duck tape which I molded along my phone. Case is fairly shock absorbent and strong with its layers of duck tape. It peels over time so I cut off a bit or tape a bit more. I just like being able to toss it in my bag and not worry about scratches. Some harddrive magnet fragment I'm using is a very strong magnet, and that penny's pretty much stuck to it. Used a bluetooth headset with remote player controls on its side for the longest time till I got a real media player. Protective screen from some hard packaging plastic.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Not bad. Using an X-Acto knife, you could easily trim out an area for the screen, keys, camera, speaker, and microphone. Then you could have a permanent case, so you wouldn't have to take the phone out everytime you wanted to use it.

    5 replies

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    I could do that but i would need something transparent to protect the screen otherwise I would risk scratching it. Since, I carry my phone around in my front pocket, this design works for now. Maybe I will do something like that later. Thanks for the feedback.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Clear tape.. like movers tape. works perfectly. just stick two peices together and cut to size. WOOHOO but you got a gret thing right here. I drop my phone everyday, and hate scratches haha. ESPECIALLY OILY FINGERPRINT SCREENS!! GAHH!


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    i have always done this kind of stuff w/ducktape and umm well im way past covers


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Oh I realize that. Just purchase a screen protector, that attaches directly to your phone. Or just any piece of cheap plastic can be used (ziplok bag, plastic from something you bought, etc.)


    11 years ago on Introduction

    DUDE!!! i just made mine!!!!! instead for my cell phone thou cuz i dont care if that gets scratched its a old peice of c$#p and kind of is scratched to hell....but instead ive been lookin for a cheap cover for my gameboy micro!!! cuz that thing i found in a hotel - lucky me and now i have a new one thats fairly in good condition and i wanna keep it that way.
    (need to buy more games for it thou :( cuz i found it with one game in it...the ones u get when u buy the damn thing and ive beat it already) so sweet man! maybe when i get that new ipod i'll make a cover for it outa this :D AWSOME INSTUCTABLES!!!!!! VERY USEFUL MAN!!!! shoulda entered the office contest here and you totally woulda won :D enyway sweet dude!


    12 years ago on Introduction

    i used this idea for my guitar tuners, cell phone, my remotes, and anything small enough to make it with. Great idea.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    nice idea for a quick soft-cover. Good idea for the "working guy" who tends to just toss his cell wherever... you'll probably never be able to "use" the phone in that... but that's what bluetooth headsets are made for :-) but you MAY want the screen visible, like uzerzero said... so here's my 2 cents figure out where the window will be, and cut the opening in the foam...now, tape a piece of hard/flexible plastic on the outside of the foam... the plastic packaging you phone came in, if you still have it, would do wonderfully. Now, tape everything , leaving the window not-covered. Since it was taped to the foam before assembly, it's not gonna go anywhere...and since it's on the outside of the foam, it won't contact the screen, to even have a chance of scratching it.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Nice Instructable. I was thinking about posting something similar.