As many iPhone lovers have (expensively) learned, protecting your fragile glass phone with a case of some sort is a smart way to prevent any fatal damages to your all important tech device. Whether you go whole hog with a monster Otterbox or simple rubber backing is up to you — any protection is better than none at all. And whichever method or case style you go for, you can find a handmade upcycled or created-from-the-ground-up cover to keep your phone protected and you delighted. It’s with you everywhere you go and spends a fair amount of time literally in your hands — you might as well bring out as much of your personality as possible in the decoration!
With that, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite phone cases. Unless otherwise noted, many of the cases can be made for varying phone versions. Enjoy!
This iPhone 4 case is perfect for someone who wants to keep the Lord’s Prayer close at all times. (Art Sensation, $6.50)
“She believed she could, so she did” watercolor iPhone case for iPhone 4, 4S and 5. All cases are designed based on the artist’s original photography and digital art work. All cases are printed by in a home studio using a unique dye transfer process that results in a permanent and scratch resistant image. (Retro Love Cases, $17)
Beautiful and elegant wooden case designed to protect your iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S. This case is crafted of real wood, which adds a nice natural feel and touch to your phone. The interior of each case is fitted with a velvet fabric to avoid scratching. This design is available in three different kinds of wood: bamboo, cherry and black walnut. (Creative Use of Tech, $40)
Gray and white chevron with nautical pink glitter anchor print with monogram iPhone Case. The anchor looks like real glitter, but is actually a shiny gloss print. You get all the glittery goodness without the glittery mess! Perfect for glitter lovers! Each case fits either the iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5, or Samsung Galaxy S3 that is available with Verizon, Sprint, and/or AT&T Models and has all the access ports and buttons for your phone. The design is printed using proprietary inks and a heat transfer method to provide a beautiful gloss and finish. (Bee Covered, $17)
Hard plastic case with bling crystals! (iPhone Cases Style, $20)
This iPhone case is carefully hand printed with original illustrations on recycled metal and placed on a hard but flexible recycled plastic case that suits the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. The cases will protect your iPhone with a one-piece, impact resistant, flexible plastic hard case or rubber silicone featuring an extremely slim profile. They’re printed on a thin piece of metal which is placed onto the case. Stickers or decals are NOT used to make the cases. Cases are made from recycled post-consumer plastics (recycled bottles etc). (Cases By Csera, $18)
Decorated case for iPhone 4/4s and iPhone 5 or Galaxy Note Samsung. Hard plastic case with pearl, crystal and acrylic. (Galaxy 4 Cases, $18)
Nautical linen case for Samsung Galaxy S2 Tmobile (T989) or Samsung epic touch 4G sprint D710. (Fabric Trend, $10)
Case available for iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. Each case is long lasting and waterproof. The shop uses special inks for a rich and vibrant color and a high heat process for adherence to the case. No stickers are used! It covers the back and sides of your iPhone with a slight edge on the front so if you were to place your phone face down the front of your iPhone will not touch the surface. (Case Collage, $7)
This custom iPhone case is made of hard durable plastic and rubber and fits the iPhone 4/4S and the iPhone 5, regardless of your carrier (ATT; Verizon etc). Every personalized custom iPhone case sold is made using a professional high heat process. (Ramos Romos, $13)