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Something Different 

Since the beginning, we have been focused on doing something different, not just for us, but for you. I couldn’t look at another cheap plastic phone case at the mall kiosk. First, they’re trash, but more important, there are literally millions of those cases in the world, maybe thousands just in your town. Part of our mission is making you distinctive; helping you express a little style in a world where everything is mass produced. A custom wooden case for your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy is a small thing, but for the one piece of electronics that literally never leaves your side, a bit of style can’t hurt.

Your phone is boring. Your phone case is boring. Even our beautiful wooden phone cases; better, but still boring.

Your phone may not define you, but it is an important part of how the world sees you. I know you paid extra for your iPhone Xr or Xs Max, and that helps to set you apart, but seriously, now you just hold the same premium phone owned by 88 Million other people in the world.

So what’s the answer to all this sameness, all this boringness? Maybe, a custom wood iPhone case laser engraved with your favorite logo, image or monogram.

Can I Customize or Personalize My WUDN iPhone Case?

Can I do a cool monogram design with my initials? Can I do an image of my cat? Can I upload original artwork? Done, done and done.

You want to keep it simple and elegant? Pick from one of our monogram styles.

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Laser engraving text, logo’s or monograms is easy and looks great. Here are some examples:

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What type of tree should I choose?

Mahogany, Bamboo, Aromatic Cedar or Black Walnut

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Mahogany delivers the darkest engravings, on a beautiful wood background. Aromatic cedar has the look, feel and smell of a real northwestern forest. Black Walnut is beautiful, but also so dark that engravings can look subtle, at best, or difficult to see in low light, at worst.

Many people, me included, prefer the subtle look. I want to be a different and unique flower, but I don’t need to scream it from the top of my lungs. Laser engraved wood is a statement but made with a little class.

This “custom” idea, works even better for gifts. I reject buying gift cards – buying an actual present is better, but a customized product demonstrates your deep thoughtfulness.

So how does it work?

01 - Choose your product and choice of wood.

02 - On the product page upload your artwork or select a monogram style.

What about photographs?

Laser engraving is a one-color process so full color “Images” can be great if you follow our guidelines below.

If you are into those plastic or vinyl wrapped cases with a full color picture of your prom date, no problem, here are some sites that will take good care of you:

Go Customized

Skinit

Shutterfly

But if you’re looking for some Old-School Style

Then you need to convert that picture into a line drawing. There are a couple of websites that help you do that easily. Free Picture Stencil Maker is our favorite.

Just upload your image, and you get to control the type of conversion, the darkness and the sharpness of the line drawing. Pictures with some contrast between the main image and the background tend to work best. And pictures of people, as opposed to landscapes tend to work better as well.

Which means you can turn this, into this. A perfect black and white line drawing, of your picture which will look fantastic laser engraved in Mahogany.

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Black-and-white line art or image files - like logos, silhouettes, line drawings and high-contrast illustrations - translate into engravings better than regular photos. If a photo is all you have, and the line drawing website isn't doing what you want, send it to us at info@shopwudn.com and we will take a look.

At WUDN, you can make your own iPhone or Samsung Galaxy case from scratch and give your phone a unique look. Simply use your favorite picture, logo or quote to create your very own design that will transform your phone completely.

Let's get started!

Customize Your iPhone Case Now

Our slim wooden iPhone and Samsung cases are handmade from locally sourced wood and built to last through your active lifestyle. Protect your phone while making a statement. Beautiful and functional, these wood phone cases deliver old-school style.

Where can I find great images for my first custom phone case?

Vector images are the easiest to translate for the laser engraving machine. Start by taking a look at a few of these sites, if just for inspiration:

https://www.vecteezy.com/

https://www.vectorstock.com/free-vectors

https://www.freepik.com/free-vectors/graphics

Most of the images are free for personal use.

Still looking for ideas? Use a site like Snazzy Maps to create awesome black and white map images of your hometown or favorite city. Just download the image or crop the screenshot and send it to us, we’ll do the rest.

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It could be any map, but I am a fan of New York. How cool would this look laser engraved on the back of your new custom phone case.

Wooden Phone Cases Fit all the Following iPhone & Samsung Galaxy Models:

Wood cases for iPhone 6 / 6s - iPhone 6 / 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xr

Wood cases for Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus.

Phone cases are not the beginning or end of the custom laser engraved world. WUDN has tons of items that can be laser engraved with images, logos and text. Mousepads, coasters, flasks, bottle openers, business card holders, and more. Browse through the custom collection and see if anything jumps out at you.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: By uploading your artwork you affirm that you are the rightful owner and agree to assume any and all liability resulting from copyright or patent infringements. WUDN reserves the right to deny any artwork that could potentially break copyright or trademark laws.

Q&A

Is the phone case covered in real wood?

Yes, every case is covered in real wood, hand selected by our team for beauty and uniqueness. Wood options for most all of our cases include Mahogany, Black Walnut, Carmalized Bamboo or Aromatic Cedar.

How well will this case fit my phone?

The slim-case fits your phone perfectly. No blockage of the camera port. Sure grip textured sides to enhance your grip and easy access to all ports and buttons. Especially the world map iphone 6 case.

Does the phone case protect my screen?

Yes, our slim-cases have a slightly raised lip around the front edge to prevent your phone screen from touching surfaces when placed facedown. Of course, you should always add a glass screen protector.

Can I still use Qi wireless charging with this phone case?

Yes, WUDN slim cases do not interfere with Qi wireless charging for iPhone 8 and X models or for Samsung Galaxy phones. Just be sure to center the Qi receiver in the middle of your charging pad.

Does the phone case protect my camera?

Yes, the phone camera is recessed behind the camera cutout. Although the camera is not covered, because that would result in potato quality photos, the camera should be safe from typical drops.

Will a case protect the resale value of my phone?

Yes, keeping your phone in excellent condition goes a long way towards maintaining high resale and trade-in value. You should keep your phone in a case at all times - and always add a real glass (not plastic screen protector). As iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones get more expensive, the resale and trade-in value has been going up as well. For $25 now, you could add several hundred dollars to the value of your phone when it's time to upgrade.

Will I need a dongle for my headphones?

No, the WUDN slim cases come with a properly sized cutout for the headphone port (on iPhone 6 models) and lightning port. You will NOT need a dongle for your headphones.

Can the WUDN case be used with magnetic car and wall mounts?

WUDN cases do not come with a steel plate built in. We are looking to add that feature in the future. In the meantime, we know of many customers that have added a steel plate inside their WUDN case with great results. Here is a 4-pack of metal plates designed exactly for this purpose.

How do you make a wooden cell phone case?

We did a long form blog post about that complete with pictures and videos. Take a look: We Built a Laser Engraved Phone Case from Scratch

Should I buy more than one WUDN phone case?

Of course. We have a number of designs from cool artistic skulls to the "Sawtooth Mountains Traveler", and most of our cases are available in different wood types and species. You should have a couple of cases, at least, to change your style to match the moment. Monday through Friday in the office call for a simple, conservative case, and Fridays in the club call for something with a bit more style.

Will the wood get stained and ugly?

It could, but unlike plastic and other synthetic materials, our wood cases actually get better looking over time. We ship our cases with only one light layer of polyurethane. This means the case will age and the more you use it, the more the wood will look authentic and vintage. Some artisans actually use coffee to stain wood in beautiful mocha hues. (make sure your phone is out of the case when you decide to drop it in your coffee).

What is TPU and Why Do I Care?

WUDN Slim iPhone Cases are made from TPU (Thermoplastic Urethane). TPU is a hybrid material; a mixture between hard plastic and soft silicone. A very dense and smooth rubber, TPU cases are made to slide in and out of the pocket easily, without attracting lint. TPU cases are more durable, slightly elastic and much stronger than silicone. WUDN uses TPU case templates covered in real wood.

About the Author

Cameron Christian Owner, President-CEO, WUDN. After 25 Years in the corporate world, I am creating my own destiny. I bought the business so we can continue delighting our customers with real wood products that are beautiful and functional. Follow us on Instagram, tweet to @cechrist or email me at info@shopwudn.com.

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