My Pseudo iPhone Case DIY Tutorials

white iphone 4 - clear iphone case

I love the way my iPhone looks without a case… I’m sure we all do. However, we know it’s completely impractical to carry an iPhone without a case save we drop it and break it and never forgive ourselves. I found this clear rubber case recently {at a kiosk at the mall for $20} and loved the simplicity of it. I especially love the mirrored glass effect it simulates around the edges when I’m looking at the front of it.

That said, the back is an entirely separate issue. The case presses against the iPhone and then appears to be sweating, like feet in clear plastic shoes. GROSS.

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So I thought I’d come up with a few alternatives to hide and/or disguise the “sweatyback” — er, not to be confused with “sexyback“.

* My first and easiest solution was to simply slip a peacock feather in between the case and the phone.

clear iphone case-peacok feather

Slim enough to appease the way the case wraps around the phone and perfectly pretty.

iphone case with peacock feather

But I wasn’t happy just yet…

* Solution number 2: I found some pretty scrapbook paper and with a pencil, carefully traced the back of my iPhone onto it, cut it out, fit it in, traced the camera hole, cut that out, erased the lines on the edges & fit it in.

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iphone 4 template paper floral case iphone case diy template clear case
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Which turned out pretty, but still not quite my style…

* Solution number 3: Since I’m madly in love with the photos from my latest mantelscape {yes, I’m even using it as wallpaper on my phone} I went to my computer…

phootshop tutorial iphone template

Googled a template, opened it & my photo in photoshop, highlighted the template, dragged it onto a new layer in my closeup photo, “stroked” it, deleted the inner lines I didn’t need, made sure the print size was correct by measuring my iPhone, printed it on matte paper, and cut it out as I did in the steps above.

And Voila! now I’m in love… it looks more like art than anything else, which is why I like it. But I also love that’s it’s consistent with the other side.

iphone case template diy - clear  iphone 4 case

The clear case is the most fun for a DIYer like myself as well as for someone who gets bored easily or wants to follow the latest trends. You can really run with this idea… imagine the possibilities!

Have Fun!


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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Elise Kramer

    January 11, 2012 |

    i love it! i have a blackberry which doesn’t really afford an opportunity for a ton of different cool cases but i’ll keep looking 🙂

  • MforMegan

    January 11, 2012 |

    So pretty! This alone makes me want an iphone… the possibilities would be endless! 🙂

  • mouse

    January 11, 2012 |

    it looks so great! 🙂

  • Love

    January 11, 2012 |

    Love this idea. I can`t wait to try it myself.


  • kelliegonzo

    January 11, 2012 |

    hawt damn i love the feather idea! thanks for the inspiration doll 🙂

  • Caroline, No.

    January 11, 2012 |

    Oh my days. This is AWESOME! I’ve got the same phone on it’s way to me right now — I will so be doing this! Genius! xx

  • Laura

    January 11, 2012 |

    Absolutely Fabulous! I cannot wiat to try this!

  • Shanika Pichey

    January 11, 2012 |

    Great, quick DIY! I like the feather. Gives me ideas for when I get my new iPhone!

  • Ana

    January 11, 2012 |

    I live this idea and I am goin to try it as soon as possible! I am getting the screen on my phone replaced this week because I too hate the look of cases, but I dropped my phone and the screen shattered. Perfect way around this. You are a genius! Me loves you!

  • Tara

    January 11, 2012 |

    I love this, its such a versatile DIY 🙂

  • Rocquelle P.

    January 11, 2012 |

    This is such a great idea!!! I never thought of this, but will be giving it a try when I upgrade my iPhone!

  • lauraa

    January 11, 2012 |

    This is gorgeous! I will definately be trying that one when I’m bored of my glitter. Although I fear it has made me really want to steal that beautiful photo of your mantlepiece for it!

  • Cymone

    January 11, 2012 |

    Such an amazing idea, I can’t wait to try this now 😀

  • MrsLord

    January 11, 2012 |

    You are so creative! Yet another reason why I need to get an iPhone 🙂


  • Food, she thought.

    January 11, 2012 |

    that turned out great, makes me regret the $35 one i just ordered.

  • PinkGlitter

    January 11, 2012 |

    Wow, you are so creative! I love all three of your DIY cases and now I really wanting to pick up a clear case and play around. I’m imagining sequins or something pink..

  • Schnelle

    January 11, 2012 |

    Brilliant idea! I have so many beautiful photos saved on my computer or pinterest that I could print and use. I love the idea of using the peacock feather too.

  • Linda

    January 11, 2012 |

    YOU…are a brilliant woman. Love all the ideas but esp the peacock feather. Genius.

  • Megan Muller

    January 11, 2012 |

    Genius! And since it’s practically free, you can change the look of it as much as you want! Thanks for sharing 🙂


  • Gwen

    January 11, 2012 |

    I love this idea!!! I can’t believe people spend $50+ for personalized phone cases when they could easily do something like this. My phone is black so a clear case wasn’t something I even looked at. Pink rhinestones and rainbow zebra print made the cut however. 🙂 I really think I’m going to look for a clear plastic case though. Heck…maybe I’ll beg you to borrow your antler/flower photo too.

  • Anonymous

    January 11, 2012 |

    Oh my gosh Maegan, that is such a smart idea! I just started following your blog and I am absolutely in love with it!

  • Anonymous

    January 11, 2012 |

    I personally think the feather is the coolest option, but they are all great!

  • Rhianna

    January 11, 2012 |

    This is such a great idea. I have a clear case. I think I will try this.

  • Anonymous

    January 11, 2012 |

    I love this! I’m always trying to find ways to get a cuter, better looking iPhone case. Does the case protect the front? I have one that only protected the back, I dropped it, and then the screen shattered.

  • House of Avandan

    January 11, 2012 |

    Looks great! You are so creative!

    A jewelry giveaway.

  • Erica

    January 11, 2012 |

    WOW! I love this!!! And it’s great to change the look so often!


  • Margaret

    January 11, 2012 |

    this looks unreal <3 Need to get myself an iphone just to make my own cover ! <3

  • the Blah Blah Blahger

    January 11, 2012 |


  • Alexa Bennett

    January 11, 2012 |

    this is such a great idea!!!


  • Cee Cee

    January 11, 2012 |

    This is so cool, so creative 🙂

    xo Cee Cee
    @ Cee Cee’s Inspirations Blog

  • Jules

    January 11, 2012 |

    These are all gorgeous!

  • Jessica Snellings

    January 11, 2012 |

    All three options are gorgeous. Hooray on diy cell cases =]

  • drollgirl

    January 11, 2012 |

    well the whole sweaty back thing made me laugh. and your solution(s) are amazing! way better than the ugly black case that i have on mine! waaaaaaaay better!!!

  • Angie

    January 11, 2012 |

    This idea rocks! Thanks so much for sharing! I just got the 4S too….I’m ready to get a clear case and get to work! 🙂

  • CessOviedo

    January 11, 2012 |

    First thing I’ll do after work todays is go get a clear case! Love it!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

  • Alela Sirah

    January 12, 2012 |

    What a cute idea!! You are really making a want for an Iphone greater I’m Android girl.

  • Kc

    January 12, 2012 |

    This is such an awesome idea!! So on the lookout for a clear iPhone case now!!


  • Anonymous

    January 12, 2012 |

    this is the greatest DIY yet!! now i wish I had gotten white instead of black… i guess i could do a white paper with design over it…? LOVE.

  • joyanu

    January 12, 2012 |

    very nice and good

  • Jessica

    January 12, 2012 |

    Fantastic idea, especially for those of us who get bored easily!

  • helen @ forty percent fringe: sixty percent face

    January 13, 2012 |

    I don’t have an iPhone but love this idea so have linked to your tutorial from my blog post today 🙂 Hx

  • The Craft-Arty Kid

    January 14, 2012 |

    Totally gonna remember this for when i finally get an iphone. I love that the designs aren’t permanent so you can switch it up whenever you like

  • Pearllllllllll

    January 18, 2012 |

    I have a black iPhone…this should work right? What’s the brand of iPhone case that you have?? Thanks!

  • Ren

    February 19, 2012 |

    This is beautiful!

    Sorry for the random question, but is that a knife/blade in the picture with the Kate Spade eraser? Where can I get one of those?


    March 23, 2012 |

    This is adorable! I love the peacock feather 🙂 I used to have this kind of case for my nokia phone back in the day (it was a clear cased phone – i didn’t buy a protective case for it lol) must add this idea/tutorial to my list of Sleek&Chic iPhone Cases 🙂

  • Anonymous

    June 8, 2012 |

    we love your idea but having trouble getting the right kind of craft knife to make a neat cut for the camera lens. What type of knife did you use??
    Thank you

  • Scholsey

    September 7, 2012 |

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  • Scholsey

    September 7, 2012 |

    The last solution is great! I use a clear case and made a DIY iPhone case with a Krispy Kreme paper bag.

  • Anonymous

    November 16, 2012 |

    Love the idea! You mentioned that you love the look of the case. I’ve been having trouble finding one that protects the phone/won’t yellow over time.

    Do you remember the brand of the case? That would help so much. Would love to gift this idea!

  • Claudio Timbers

    January 8, 2013 |

    iPhone without a case save we drop it and break it and never forgive ourselves. I found this clear rubber case recently {at a kiosk at the mall for $20} and loved the simplicity of it. I especially love the mirrored glass effect it simulates around the edges when I’m looking at the front of it. for the iPhone

  • kampanyali beyaz esya

    August 17, 2013 |

    This is looking so great. I really like it and would like to buy one for my iPhone. Thanks for sharing.

  • Cecilie Frølich

    November 18, 2013 |

    Cute! I’m making a cover for my best friend for Christmas, but unfortunately I don’t have an iPhone to trace after like you did.

    Do you have a link for the template you used? Thanks!


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