Build Your Own Raspberry Pi Case from Cardboard or Cardstock

Posted by Christian on Jun 23, 2013

One of our top selling accessories for the Raspberry Pi is the case. Cases for the Pi come in a multitude of styles, sizes and colors, but if you're like us, you're the type of person who loves to build it yourself. Today we're going to build a bare-bones case out of cardboard with supplies you may already have laying around the house.

Supplies Needed

  • Poster board or sturdy corrugated cardboard
  • Exacto knife
  • Scissors
  • Printer (to print the template)
  • Ruler
  • Tape
  • Pencil

Note: Don't use any sort of conductive material for your case, and be careful when cutting!

Let's Get Started!

Download and print the template here - Build-A-Raspberry-Pi-Case.pdf (327.98 kb). Cut out the template along the thick black lines. You should have two pieces (A and B). You'll use this template to transfer the design to your card stock.

Next, tape the two pieces together like a puzzle, resulting in one large template. It should look like this:

Lay the template on top of your card stock and trace the design using your favorite writing utensil (a pencil works best, especially if you're making a black case). If you have trouble holding the template steady, consider taping it down with a piece of tape at each end. Note that if you're using a stock with different colors on each side, the side you're tracing onto will be on the INSIDE.

After you've cut the shape out of your card stock, follow these instructions to fold your 2D piece of card stock into a 3D Raspberry Pi case.

  1. Turn the card stock over. Referencing the template you just traced, make a light slit using a ruler and exacto knife along all of the dotted lines. Now do the same for the other side. This will make folds easier.

  2. Fold the side tabs and walls up.

  3. Now fold the ends up, making sure the tabs go inside of the side walls.

  4. Fold the top sides down and tuck the tab into it's slot to lock everything in place.

  5. Your case should now be complete.

Enjoy your Raspberry Pi enclosure!

Other Printable Cases

In case you're looking for a printable case of a different design - check out these other case we've come accross on the web:



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