I have been blogging for almost 3 years now and over this time I have gotten hundreds of questions. I try to answer as many as I can through e-mail or in the comments section. There are a few however that I get asked over and over again and I thought I would answer one now.
The question – Where did you get your cell phone cover ?– or – How did you make your cell phone cover? I am going to show you and I even made a free printable for you to download so that you can easily make one yourself.
I did write a post about how you can make a cover for a cellphone over on Momtastic. com, but the one in question is the chevron cover I made for my iPhone.
It seems when I show it in a photograph – I always get a flood of emails asking about it. It was on my desk in a photo from my last post. I showed how to add a piece of jewelry to it in another, and in a photo on dorm room décor. I also get asked where I got it when I am out and about. Hmmm… this post is long overdue.
I am no expert in Photoshop and I am sure there is a better way to make this, but with my limited skills this post will show you what worked for me.
This is what the free printable looks like. Don’t cut and paste it from the page– it will be the wrong size. Use the download link for the pdf. Print it out on white cardstock and make sure your printer ink is full.
If you want to cut and paste and size it yourself – here is a copy. Click on it and a new window will open with the image.
Supplies Needed:Clear cell phone case – I found mine at Radio Shack. Printer White cardstock Scissors Optional: glue stick
There are many styles of clear cases. I found the clear case on the left at the phone cover kiosk at my local mall; it was $12. The colorful rubber bumper covers and clear case I found at Radio Shack. $10 for a pack of 4. I have also seen them at Marshalls and HomeGoods.
Download the pdf. and Cursif font to your computer. If you don’t know how to download a font, I have a post on how to do it, here – My Favorite Free Fonts.
If you don’t have the photo editing software – print the pdf. out on white cardstock and you will have to cut and paste the old fashioned way – with scissors and glue.
Update: I have created a post on how to make a monogram in Microsoft Word. Click the link to be taken to the tutorial.
Directions follow the PSE directions.
If you have Photoshop Elements or similar software upload the image into the editor window.
1. If using PSE, create your initials. Open up the “Text” tool and choose the “Cursif” font. Create your initials separately so they are not connected with each other. This way you can move them freely in the circle to center. I used 56 pt. type for the center letter and 36 pts. for side letters.
2. Center the letters inside the circle. Flatten the image.
3. To make sure it prints out to the correct size, save it as a pdf. file using high compression.
4. The Save In screen will open – just make sure to name it with a new name so you don’t overwrite your original downloaded pdf. image. Then click OK.
5. The pdf. window will open. Click print to print it out on white cardstock.
See the directions below on how to fit the printable into your case.
If you don’t have PSE or photo editing software –here are the steps to make the monogram using a word processor like Microsoft Word and attach it to the pdf. printout.
1. In your word processing software – use the Cursif font to create your letters or to keep it simple – just create one letter and print it out. Use 56 pts. for the center and 36 pts. for the side letters. If only using one letter – you can make it a larger font/pt. size.
2. Print your letter(s) out on white computer paper – not cardstock. (The chevron pdf. can be printed on cardstock, but the initials – should be on thinner paper since it will be flatter when glued on top of the chevron pdf. Lay it over top your pdf. printout and trace the circle shape around the letter. I traced right inside the dotted circle. Cut out.
3. Use a glue stick to attach it.
To add the monogram printable to the clear iPhone case.
1. Center the design and trace the cardboard packaging insert that came with the clear cover onto the back of a piece of the chevron pdf. If the cardboard packaging insert doesn’t have the hole for the camera, use the actual cover to mark where it should go on your paper. Cut out the shape on the paper.
Make sure it fits in and then cut out the camera hole. I used the paper hole punch to put a hole in the middle of the oval shape camera lens hole, and then used scissors to cut the rest out neatly. (This photo shows it being done on a piece of scrapbook paper.)
Insert in the clear cover and place your phone in.
Here are a few I made using scrapbook paper and different fonts. You can read how I made them over at Momtastic.com
Interchangeable DIY iPhone covers for pennies.