Open and Shut: 38 Trend-bending Custom iPad Cases

As Apple’s iPads have boomed in popularity, so has their been a wave of bland mass-produced accessories following in its wake. The artists out there have seen this ugly, cheap, material, and come to the decision that something had to be done. Customized iPad cases have grown in popularity, and iPad owners are earnestly expressing their personalities through their own creations. Viva la customization!

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There’s something awesome about swaddling the most cutting edge touch tablet in an old fashioned wool blanket, or keeping it nice and cozy with wool flannel that looks like it came straight from the nearest log cabin. Not all wool iPad cases are boring, however, and some actually manage a really urban and classy look.

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Gamers love to do it themselves! They’ve turned away from their videogames just long enough to bring their favorite characters to life, with some of the coolest video game themed iPad cases around. Most of these fun cases hearken back to the old days of giant pixels and clunky consoles.

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Who says nature and technology don’t mix? The organic appearance of a gorgeous wooden iPad case creates a fantastic contrast with the slick iPad. Add a nice nature scene as the background, and it’s a perfect match!

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It wouldn’t be surprising to see a Paul Frank line of cars come out at this point, considering how often the brand pops up in today’s culture. The classic monkeys have made a cameo in a simple line of iPad cases that will please any fan of Paul Frank’s fun line of clothing and accessories.

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Geeks don’t just sit around playing Dungeons and Dragons anymore – they’re now at the forefront of a wave of do-it-yourself personalization that’s storming the world. IPad’s no longer have to feel slick and modern, as there are plenty of ways to make one’s iPad indecipherable to any but the most diehard geeks.

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For those who want to accentuate the iPad’s modern sensibilities, there are plenty of cool urban cases that fit perfectly with today’s fashion conscious landscape.

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Intricate leatherworking is not something one would typically associate with an iPad case, but for some people it’s well worth the cost. These gorgeous works elevate the iPad into a functional piece of art.

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Get creative! Some of the best iPad cases are simply examples of a late night idea turned into something workable. The classic Etch A Sketch is given new life in this ironic case, and the old manly mainstays of bacon and duct tape are given homages as well.

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If being on the cutting edge of the technological world doesn’t mesh with one’s style, there are plenty of options to turn this gadget into something a lot less intimidating. Making an iPad an old school notebook is a cool way to throw would be thieves off the trail, and keep one’s fashion nice and understated.