Who says technology and nature can’t mix?
A co-project with fellow Maker Cormac Eby, this cell phone case design was inspired by a pile of mixed wood veneer scraps and the @ihavethisthingwithfloors Instagram Account. Way simpler than it looks, this project could easily be replicated in 10 minutes with scraps of paper, fabric or other materials.
- Assorted wood veneer
- glue ribbon
- Olfa knives
- grid paper
- scotch tape
- cell phone case
How to make it
Step 1: Cut material into 3/8 inch thick strips. (Measurement can vary, but make sure to pick something narrow, and to be consistent with all your cuts). Cut thin strips into pieces approximately 2.5 - 3 inches long. (Don't worry about precision or consistency for this cut).
Step 2: Glue half of the strips at a 45 degree angle onto a sheet of paper. Using graph paper makes aligning the angle very easy, however this could also be done with a blank sheet of paper and a protractor.
Glue the other half of the strips on a piece of paper, but at a 45 degree angle in the other direction. Ex: / vs \
Don't worry if the edges are uneven, or if the paper sticks out - this is okay for now!
Step 3: Square off each sheet of glued strips and create a straight edge cut on each side. Measure the width of your cell phone, divide by 4, and cut two strips of that width out of each set of glued strips.
Measure the length of your cell phone case, and cut each of the 4 remaining pieces to that length.
Step 4: Arrange the final four resulting pieces in a chevron pattern. Using painting tape to hold the pattern together on the front side, flip over and secure pieces together with scotch tape.
Place into your cell phone case (adhere with glue if necessary) and enjoy!