Laura Russell from Make Life Lovely garnered the most votes to win January’s Protect Your Tech Design Challenge with this beautiful, functional iPad case made almost entirely out of upcycled materials. In Russell’s own words, here’s a full tutorial so you can recreate the magic for yourself.

This DIY iPad case is not only functional, but beautiful and unique as well. It is made out of a cardboard box (that carried my groceries home from Costco) and my daughter’s old skirt, and cost me absolutely nothing to make!

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