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How To Design DIY Wallpaper For Your Phone

By Rach DePaoli | Designer Tutorials

In this digital age, our phones have nearly become extensions of who we are. We feel naked without them, feel a constant urge to check them, and use them for just about everything from photography to entertainment, email upkeep and beyond. Back in the early days of cell phones, the only way to personalize your device was to purchase a unique case or faceplate to differentiate your brick of a phone from the next person’s. Nowadays, you can still buy fancy cases, but there are a few more ways to personalize your phone’s appearance and make it yours.


The two on-screen opportunities you have for phone personalization are your home screen and your lock screen, both of which can be customized with a photo from your camera roll. Since we know you’re more creative than that, we’re showing you how to design your very own wallpaper with BeFunky's Designer to make your smartphone stand out! From photos to graphics and text options, we’ve got a little something for any look you want.

Phone Wallpaper Inspiration

Before we show you how to create your own wallpaper in just a few clicks, it’s a good idea to come up with a creative vision. You know yourself best, so designing something that represents you is the most important thing. There are a few directions you could head in when choosing what to design for your wallpaper: photography, graphic, or a mix of both.

Text or Graphic Overlay

Find a photo you love and scale it so that it fits over your entire phone wallpaper template, then add text or a graphic element! This is one of the quickest and easiest options to create a background.

how to create phone wallpaper

You can use just graphics or text, or a mix of both.

Patterned Wallpaper

With BeFunky’s Designer, you can choose from hundreds of graphic elements to use on your wallpaper. It is easy to find a shape you love and turn it into a patterned background.

how to make patterns for phone wallpaper

Simply choose a background color for your template, then choose a graphic element to duplicate and position into a pattern you love.

Images with Artsy Effects

One of the quickest and easiest ways to make a photo unique is to add some cool effects. With BeFunky, you can add intriguing filters from the Effects tab (like the photo on the left), turn photos to art with our Artsy effects (like the photo in the middle), and even add realistic looking Lens Flares to create a sun-drenched image (like the photo on the right). 


Just find a photo that has an interesting or unique perspective, then add a single effect or layer multiple effects on top of one another! There's no limit to your creativity. 

How To Design Your Own Phone Wallpaper

With your creative phone wallpaper idea in mind, head to BeFunky’s Designer, open the Templates tab and select Custom Template.

custom design templates in BeFunky Designer

In the Custom Templates menu that pops up, type 1080 x 1920 in the corresponding width and height fields to perfectly size the template to the dimensions of your phone screen. You'll then have a blank template to begin your design. If you want a solid background color other than white, click the Background tab to select a new hue!

custom sized blank templates for graphic design

Rather have a photo background? Click on the Images/Layers tab and upload a photo by selecting the Computer button. If you have a creative vision in mind but don’t have a personal photo that you can use, the Images/Layers tab also features the option to search over a million free stock photos from Pixabay and Unsplash, right from within BeFunky! Just click the ‘...’ button next to Computer, type in your search terms, and click on the results that appear to immediately add them to the Images/Layers tab. Any image that you add will appear as thumbnails that you can click and drag onto your template. Position and resize the photo(s) on your template using the blue circles around them.

how to create phone wallpaper in BeFunky

Once your background is looking perfect, open the Design Elements tab and select a graphic that works with your photo. Using the Graphic Properties menu that appears when your graphic is selected on the template, try changing the color, blend mode, or opacity to manipulate the element to your benefit. Sometimes an element that might not be working just needs a different creative approach to make it fit in your piece.

add graphics to photos in BeFunky

With your photo and graphic elements placed, select the Text tab, click the Add Text button, and type a quote or phrase you like into the textbox that appears. If you need any inspiration, try looking at quotes on Pinterest. From the Text Properties menu that pops up whenever your textbox is selected, choose a font that works with the look of your photo and play around with options like color, letter spacing, and more.

add text to photos in BeFunky

Once you’re finished with your phone wallpaper design, all that’s left to do is get it on your phone! Click the Save button at the top of the Designer and save the wallpaper to your Computer. From there you can airdrop it onto your phone and set it as the wallpaper for your lock or home screen. Brilliant!

design diy wallpaper for iPhone

If you are looking to make a custom wallpaper for your phone or need to refresh your background going into this next season, use any of these techniques to make your own ideas come to life! Try BeFunky’s Designer to make your own wallpapers and share them with your friends or on your Instagram Stories for your followers to use!

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