DIY: Cell Phone Case Remix

By B.Nova - Thursday, June 06, 2013

So my cell phone case was long overdue for a makeover. When I bought it about 2 years ago, I thought at the color would stay on it a little longer than it did, but what can I say, I bought it off of Amazon for about $6.00 so I could only expect so much.
So this is what my poor cell phone looked like before...(I know it's tragic!)
Here is what I used to "remix" my cell phone case:

  • Cell Phone Case (mine is the hard plastic kind)
  • Paper plate or working surface
  • Glitter - the color of your choice ( I used a solid color and an iridescent - to give it a shiny prism effect)
  • Foam brush
  • Clear nail polish (the cheap kind - I bought one for less than $1)
  • Mod Podge
  • Nail Art Pen (optional)
Step 1: If your case looks like mine, I gently washed it with mild soap and water to make sure it was clean. Using the foam brush I painted a decent layer of MP onto the case - if you put too little, the glitter won't stick and if you put too much, than it will take forever to dry! (Make sure to cover it completely.)

Step 2: Add the glitter! Make sure to cover the case with as much as you can. I used my fingers to spread it evenly over the case. WARNING: Your hands will be covered in glitter by the end of this step - and you can never have too much glitter! (Lol) Let it dry for a little while or until the glitter doesn't move on the case.

(The back of the case covered) - The white spot you see is where the glitter didn't stick as well so I applied more MP and glitter.
 (Here is what it looks like after the first coating.)
Step 3: Paint a second layer of MP over the glitter to seal it. While it is still wet, I added a little of the iridescent glitter (the second picture). Let it dry for about 45 minutes to an hour. If you can't wait that long you can use a blow dryer to speed up the process. The only thing is according to the people at MP, use the cool setting and hold it at about 12 inches (5.08cm) away because heat will actually cause the MP to melt and possibly melt the case.
(It's so sparkly!)
Step 4: This step is completely optional. If you have a nail pen, you can decorate on top of the glitter to make even more personalized. I added a butterfly - an absolute must for me! - and some outlining on the front. Give this design a few minutes to dry, depending on the size of your creation. If you decide to leave it plain go to Step 5.
Step 5: Using the clear nail polish, paint a clear coat over the entire case to lock in the glitter. If you don't do this step, glitter will follow you everywhere, so this is important. Let it dry completely before attaching it back onto your phone. (I waited about an hour, just to be on the safe side, but again a blow dryer works here too).

So now my once tragic iPhone case is completely transformed! I loved this DIY so much I can't wait to do it again!



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