In this Instructable, I'll show you how I improved the look of my cracked phone. I have a moto Z play and I dropped it :(.
The screen broke into small shards at the top bezel. After a few weeks the small glass shards came off, so I replaced the top bezel with a piece of bamboo wood.
After the hack, my smartphone got a unique design. I love it :)
You can apply this hack also to the backside of a phone.
For this hack you will need:
- a thin piece of wood (0.4-0.8mm) I used a thin veneer
- double sided Tape (thin) you can also use liquid glue
- access to a Laser Cutter
Step 1: Remove All Shards of Glass
At first, I removed all shards from the surface you want later cover with wood. It can be helpful to use a hot air gun to warm up the adhesive. Be careful behind the glass can be cables or electric components which you shouldn't damage.
Step 2: Take a Photo
After cleaning the surface I took a photo of your phone. It is important that you take the photo vertical to the screen so that everything is parallel in the picture.
Step 3: Create the Drawing
I used Inkscape to draw a line along the border of the area. I created cut-outs for the speaker, the camera, and the sensors.
Step 4: Skale the Drawing
Now we have to scale the outline to the right dimensions.
Step 5: Lasercut the Design
I laser cut the design, but before you should measure the thickness of the glass you want to replace so that you can choose the right thickness of the wood.
Step 6: Assembly
Hopefully, everything fits together. With double sitted tape, you can attach the wood piece to the phone.