Have you seen the new holographic vinyl from Cricut yet? I first saw it when I went to Snap and as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to get my hands on some to create something fun. Today, I am going to show you how easy it is to create a custom holographic phone case with your Cricut Explore machine.

Create a custom holographic phone case with your Cricut Explore

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Supplies needed:

Cricut Holographic Vinyl

Will it be easy for me to learn the Cricut Design Space software to create my own custom projects?

The answer to this question is – YES! The Cricut Design Spaceā„¢ program is intuitive and easy to use to create your own custom projects. The first thing to do after setting up your new machine is to sign in and then create a new project from the drop down menu.

Create new project

You will start by creating a rectangle the same size as your phone case. On the left select Insert Shapes. Choose the square shape.

Insert square shape

Under the edit tab, you want to click the little unlock button so you can make the square a rectangle. Type in your measurements for your phone. Mine were 2.75″ x 5.75″.

Create a box the size of your phone case

Click on Insert Images. In the search box, I typed butterfly to pull up all the butterfly images in the library. You can choose any images you want, but butterflies are my favorite! I selected two different butterfly images to use.

Choose butterfly images to use for phone case

Start by copying the lacy butterfly and adding them to the rectangle template. To copy an image, click on the image, select Copy at the top and then Paste. You can rotate them by using the little circle with an arrow in the upper right of the image.

Add lacy butterflies

To be able to use each of the other butterfly images individually, you need to ungroup them. Click on the image, and at the bottom of the layers tab, click on Ungroup. This will allow you to work with each one individually.

Ungroup images - Cricut Design Space

I resized each of the butterflies and added them to my template. To resize an image, click on the double sided arrow on the bottom right corner. You can then drag it in or out to make the image smaller or bigger. I positioned some of my butterflies to overhang off the rectangle, so I could wrap them around the edges of the phone a little.

Resize and position images

Now that the images are where I want them, it is time to hide the rectangle template by clicking on the little eye in the layers tab next to the square shape.

Hide the rectangle

At the top choose Select All and then on the layers tab click on Attach. This will allow you to cut out the design exactly as it is laid out. If you do not attach the images, they will be placed on the mat in the most space saving way possible. 

Attach all the images together.

Note: I made all the images pink to match my project, but this step is not necessary. It is a habit of working with lots of different images and layers for projects.

Next, select Insert Shapes and choose the square shape again. At the top, click on Arrange and then Move to Back. Click on the little lock in the lower left corner of the square to allow you to make it into a rectangle. Drag the rectangle until it covers all the butterflies.

Create weeding box around vinyl images

This is called a weeding box. It makes it much easier to weed your vinyl from the big piece you are cutting. Choose Select All and then Attach. This will cut out both the rectangle and images from the same piece of vinyl.

Cricut Design Space - butterfly phone case with weeding box

Click the green circle Go button. Once you see your mat looks correct, click the green rectangle Go button.

Cutting mat with vinyl images

On the Cricut machine set the Smart Set Dial to Custom. From the drop down menu in Design Space be sure to select Vinyl, Holographic – .0.25mm (Cricut).

Choose holographic vinyl on smart set dial

Load your holographic vinyl onto a Standard Grip or Strong Grip cutting mat. Press the flashing arrow button to load the mat into the machine. Then press the Cricut button to start cutting.

Use Cricut Explore to cut out holographic vinyl

Once your design is cut out, trim it from the main sheet. You can see how the weeding box will help you remove the larger piece of vinyl from the design.

Cut holographic vinyl using Cricut Explore

Weed all the excess vinyl. Use your weeder tool to help get all the little pieces out of the lacy butterflies.

Use weeder tool to weed excess vinyl

Apply transfer tape to your vinyl and remove the paper backing. You can use your scraper tool to help you with this step.

Use transfer tape to transfer vinyl design

Apply the vinyl to your phone.

Apply transfer tape and design to phone case

Remove any excess vinyl from the edges and the holes using an X-Acto knife or small scissors.

Use X-Acto knife to trim excess vinyl

The holographic vinyl is perfect for all the unicorn and mermaid crafts that are so trendy right now! I love how when you turn the phone it looks blue and when you turn it the other direction it looks pink.

Cricut Holographic vinyl looks blue

Cricut Holographic vinyl looks pink

The great thing about this project is you can customize it to match your personality. You can add a saying, different images, or a pre-made design. Being able to customize things for me, my home, and gifts, is one of the reasons I love having my Cricut machine.

Custom Holographic Phone Case

Custom holographic butterfly phone case

If you love this particular project as it is you can use the Cricut Design Space project here: Butterfly Phone Case. It is sized for my Samsung Galaxy S6, but you can easily resize it to fit your own phone.

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8 Comments on Custom Holographic Phone Case with Cricut

  1. I am obsessed with the holographic vinyl and have used it on several projects so far! Thank you for the tip on the weeding box! I never have heard of that. I am pinning this for later!

    • Mary,
      So glad you found it helpful! I don’t always use a weeding box, but when I have a ton to weed it or delicate pieces like the butterflies or words, it really does help to get all the pieces off. And I almost always use it with glitter vinyl (both vinyl and iron-on) since it can be so hard to see your cut lines in the glitter! Have a great week.
      Laura

  2. Great tutorial! Curious to know how well the vinyl from Cricut sticks to items like a phone case. Looking forward to your feedback

    • Hi Char!
      I have had the phone case on for a while now. It sticks very well to the phone case. However, around the edges around where my camera shows through, it is lifting up a little bit on the delicate lacy butterfly part. I think this is because there is a bit of a ridge on my particular phone case. So I had to trim those pieces a little bit with my X-Acto knife. But my phone gets a ton of use and put into and out of pockets and my purse. The rest of the vinyl is sticking on perfectly! Hope that helps.
      Laura

  3. Wonderful tutorial – thank you! Just wondering if the vinyl would be easy to remove altogether if you wanted to do a different design at some point, for example?

    • Neena,
      You should be able to remove the vinyl if you wanted to change out the design. Just be sure when selecting your vinyl you choose removable, rather than a permanent variety.
      xo,
      Laura

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