December 29, 2008

DIY iPod cover




Here's an easy DIY project to customize your iPod!

First I bought a clear plastic case for my guy. Guess how much?
ONE DOLLAR
at my local Dollar Tree <3

If you don't have a Dollar Tree near you that sells them, you can find them inexpensively online as well, such as:



Then I downloaded a template for my iPod nano 3rd gen here. You could find outlines for several other versions here. I printed the template out onto designed scrapbook paper, and cut along the straight lines (the pink ones).


Then I laid in both pieces...


And snapped it together!!


BONUS- I used a two-sided scrapbook paper, so I get two designs with each cut-out!


The possibilities to make YOUR ipod custom are truly endless. You could use colored paper or scrapbook paper of any sort, wrapping paper, or any place you find a design you love. Or, even draw your own!





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29 comments:

  1. what a great idea! that's perfect for people like me who can't stand to have the same type of cover for over a month! ha ha ha

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  2. i'm the same way, i always feel like changing the look of things after a few weeks!

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  3. So cute! Dan got me an mp3 player for Christmas so I'm going to have to steal this idea! :)

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  4. Wow Janny, this idea is genius. Dare I say my favorite tip yet? Can't wait to link to you. Gotta get to bed now though, it's 2AM.

    Happy New Year
    Stacy

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  5. So cute!!

    Now I gotta get me an ipod so I can have the cool custom case!!

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  6. Wow such a cool tutorial!! Do you know if i can find there covers for G2 iPods? Sorry, i just don't want to join the forum to then realize they don't have :/.

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  7. This is such an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing it. I just bought one of the clear cases from the dollar tree a few weeks ago!

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  8. That's super cute! I will be linking to your post from Dollar Store Crafts.

    Heather

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  9. I'm going to be trying this with lamanant paper - the cut and peel kind. :/ i'm not sure how it's going to go yet, but i've been everywhere in town and no one has clear cases for the 3rd generation anymore! *sigh* oh well. here we go. wish me luck.

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  10. You know what? This is a great idea. Its cute. But its not craft. Craft requires more than this.

    Its a cute, simple, cheap cut&stick project.

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  11. thank you, anonymous, for your criticism. its my belief that "crafting" is the ability to take different ideas and items and combine them into something of your own. here, a plain cover, and scrapbook papers with designs i LOVE, combined into an easy way to create custom, changeable covers.

    simple? absolutely. sometimes the best ideas are the most simple! and i included it here because i get a lot of feedback from people who don't consider themselves to be crafty, but could do this.

    i am glad that it has inspired some of you to do the project, and i'm flattered that "anonymous" thinks i can do better!

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  12. What a cool idea!!! I have a G4 iPod Nano and my older Granddaughter has a G2 iPod Nano...so, I'll be on the lookout for a clear case for them both, so I can try this myself!!! She LOVES anything pink, and her Nano is a plain ole silver...so she will be thrilled with this!

    Thanks for the great crafting idea!!

    Judy

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  13. wow!! This is an amzing idea and I've already bought a case :):)

    But I would like to know what website you downloaded the template from (i also have nano 3G)...

    Thankyou
    abbie :) x

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  14. I didn't realize that the dollar store sold the covers (the are regularly $20 retail). I went and bought a case this evening. That tip alone is worth the big thank you but the tip about how to make the case your own, priceless.

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  15. Poo, I tried this with my iPod Touch and the case I already had, but I can't get the case to snap closed with the pieces in place. I trimmed them down as far as I could without losing the entire design on the front, and still, won't snap shut. =/

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  16. http://thelongthread.com/?p=2021

    Clearly, The Long Thread, thought it was a craft and a great one at that. It was included in their list of the top 100 tutorials of 2008!!

    Way to go janny!!

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  17. I can not get the file to open am I doing something wrong or ca someone open this for me?

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  18. FABULOUS!!!!!!! There's nothing I love better than great finds from the Dollar Store that you can alter.

    Love it!

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  19. Love this idea. I'm tweeting about it for my daily how to: http://twitter.com/groundsel

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  20. Awesome. I love how inexpensive it is....especially since I change my mind so often. Thanks!

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  21. this idea is so genius!

    haha im gonna go to the dollar store soon:D

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  22. This is an awesome idea!! Thanks!

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  23. this is brilliant! thank you. i'm running to dollar tree tomorrow. :)

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  24. This is an awesome idea, to bad I have yet to find a nano 4G template.

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  25. Wow, that was so simple. I got to the end and was expecting more! Fabulous quick and easy.

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  26. I just came across this project that you did and love it. My daughter is getting my 3rd gen nano and I have a clear case and would love to do this for her. Do you know where I can find the templates now? The links you have above for the templates do not offer templates any longer.

    Thanks.

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  27. Hi this is very nice.. I couldn't downloaded the template from the links. Can please mail me the templates that you used? My mail address is : gulsahs@yahoo.com

    Thanks a lot,
    Gulsah

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