How to make an iPhone out of paper: 13 steps (with pictures)

How to make an iPhone out of paper: 13 steps (with pictures)
How to make an iPhone out of paper: 13 steps (with pictures)

You need an iPhone for a homemade movie, or you just like paper crafts. Making a paper iPhone is an easy project and you can beautify your phone to make it look more realistic.


Part 1 of 3: making the screen and back

Step 1. Look for a model

Search the Internet for images to find the type of iPhone you want to reproduce. Since successive versions of iPhone have different dimensions, you will need to do specific research to find which version you like the most.

If you type the iPhone + version "paper model" into the search bar, it is likely that your results are not on the correct scale

Step 2. Print the template

Use a high quality printer to print your iPhone model. You can use regular printer paper, but glossy paper will give a more realistic result.

Step 3. Cut out the template

On most models used for paper crafts, you still need to trim the edges. So cut out the screen, back and sides of your iPhone to start.

Do not cut out the different parts separately, as you will have to fold the paper to get the shape of your iPhone. So cut your model in one piece instead of separately cutting the screen, then the back and so on

Step 4. Fold the model

Fold the edges of your model at a 90 ° angle. You will get the general shape of your iPhone. At this point there should be small tabs on either side of the cut pieces. Don't worry though since this is where you will run the glue to secure everything together.

Part 2 of 3: Assemble iPhone

Step 1. Trace the shape of the phone on a piece of cardboard

In order for your fake iPhone to be stable and heavy enough, you will need to place a piece of cardboard inside before gluing the different parts together. Start by tracing the dimensions of the screen on a piece of cardboard.

If you want your iPhone to be really sturdy, you can use plywood instead of cardboard

Step 2. Cut out the end of the cardboard

Once the dimensions of the screen have been drawn on the cardboard, all you have to do is cut out. Make sure the cut is perfectly straight so as not to warp the iPhone.

Depending on the thickness of your cardboard and the dimensions of the printed iPhone version, you will need two or three pieces of cardboard to get the correct thickness. You just have to put them on top of each other and glue them together

Step 3. Insert the cardboard into the template

Once you have obtained the correct thickness, insert the cardboard between the front and back part of the model. Use a small amount of glue to secure it to the screen and back of your iPhone. The cardboard must not move inside

The cardboard should be the same thickness as the sides of your model, as even a few extra millimeters can cause your iPhone to swell and make the creases visible

Step 4. Glue the other parts of the phone

Apply glue to the tabs of the model and finish assembling your iPhone. You just need to glue the tabs of the front part to those of the rear part. Align everything so that there is no trace of scissors or printing and hold the two parts together while the glue dries.

Most paper models have slots for tabs to keep everything in place

Part 3 of 3: Beautify iPhone

Step 1. Trace the shape of the screen on a piece of thin, clear plastic

A thin, clear piece of plastic will make the printed home screen look more realistic and brighter. Start by tracing the size of the screen on the piece of plastic

The piece of plastic should be thin, but stiff enough. Plastics used by libraries as covers on hardback books will do just fine. However, do not vandalize a library. If you ask the manager nicely, chances are you will get one. Otherwise, you can use another similar material

Step 2. Cut out the plastic screen cover

Be sure to cut straight without going over the design made on the plastic end. You should not see the lines drawn on the screen cover.

Don't worry if your plastic screen cover is slightly smaller than your iPhone, because screen covers are always a bit smaller than the devices they protect

Step 3. Use a utility knife to cut a small circle under the screen

The Home button under the iPhone screen is slightly concave. You just have to cut a circle the size of the button in the plastic to give an impression of depth. Use a utility knife to make your job easier.

Step 4. Secure the display cover with double-sided tape

Use a small piece of clear double-sided tape to secure the display cover to the front of your phone. Thanks to the shiny side of the plastic screen cover, no one will see the tape.

If you printed your template on glossy paper, the tape will be even less noticeable

Step 5. Hello?


  • If you have a paper cutter, you can use it in place of the scissors to cut the edges of your iPhone. The cutting will thus be clean and straight.
  • It is likely that some parts of the model are too small to be cut with a chisel. So use a cutter to make your job easier.

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