How to Cut Your Own Screen Protector

By Sharyn Bloom

Screen protectors for electronic devices such as cell phones, mp3 players and digital cameras help keep the devices scratch free. Finding the right size for certain electronics can be difficult. Consumers can cut your their screen protectors. To do this, users should purchase either a screen protector larger than the device or purchase thin vinyl from a fabric store or craft store. Use a ruler to measure the screen and cut a screen protector to its size. For a more exact fit, use a photocopy machine to make a perfect template.

Things You'll Need

  • Screen protector or thin vinyl
  • Craft knife
  • Fingernail cutters
  • Ruler
  • Pen or marker
  • Photocopy machine
  • Credit card
  • Soft, dry cloth
  • Eyeglass lens cleaner

Measure with Ruler Method

Step 1

Measure the width and height of the screen for your electronic device with the ruler.

Step 2

Transfer these measurements to the screen protector or thin vinyl with the ruler and pen.

Step 3

Cut out the vinyl or screen protector with the craft knife. If the corners of the screen are rounded use fingernail cutters to trim the corners of the screen protector.

Step 4

Apply the screen protector to the screen. Very carefully trim off any excess plastic with the craft knife.

Photocopy Method

Step 1

Place the electronic device screen side down onto the photocopy machine and make a copy.

Step 2

Place the screen protector or vinyl over the photocopy you made of the device.

Step 3

Use the photocopy as your guide and cut along the lines of the device's screen as it appears on the photocopy.

Apply the Screen Protector

Step 1

Clean the screen of the device with the soft cloth and eyeglass lens cleaner.

Step 2

If the screen protector has a protective film on it peel back the top part. Line the top corner of the screen protector up with the top corner of the screen.

Step 3

Use a credit card to slowly press the protector down onto the screen with a squeegee-like motion to help press out any bubbles. Peel off the protective backing as you go.