We live in a world that’s saturated with smartphones. In fact, almost 395 iPhones are sold every minute. Not only that, but a whopping 91% of people in the U.S. have a mobile phone within reach every hour of the day.
We get it. People love their smartphones. But if you’re looking for a way to get crafty with your phone that’s not gluing yourself to the screen, this post has you covered. Whether you’re the artsy type or not, these DIY phone case crafts are perfect for everyone to try on a rainy day.
Marbled Phone Case
You’ve probably seen this trend with nail art in the last few years. Did you know that you can use the same technique for other items like phone cases? It’s true! And all you’ll need is a few complimentary nail polish colors (three or four is usually a good place to start), a bowl full of water, and a clear or solid-colored phone case. Below we’ll cover the basic steps of marbling your phone case.
- Use your nail polish brush to drop small amounts of nail polish into a bowl of cold water, alternating between the three or four colors you’ve chosen.
- Swirl your nail polish gently with a toothpick until you have a marbling pattern you like on the surface of your water.
- Make sure your phone case is clean and dry, then dip it (back first) into your marbling water. Wear gloves to avoid getting any nail polish on your skin!
- Shake out your phone case gently under the surface of the water to remove any excess nail polish.
- Set your phone out to dry and admire your work!
This is an excellent craft if you have a large nail polish collection or if you just love the look of marbled patterns. With a few simple items and an eye for color coordination, you can be a master of marbling.
Washi Tape Patterns
So you’re not a fan of nail polish parties. For something that doesn’t carry the potential of a messy afternoon, washi tape is the perfect crafting material. You’ve probably seen at least 10 videos on YouTube detailing how to use this nifty material. After all, YouTube videos reach more people aged 18-34 than any one cable network in the United States. And if you love watching people craft with this fun tape, there’s no doubt you’ll love doing it yourself.
This is a particularly excellent craft if you’re fond of geometric designs. Washi tape has clean angles and comes in nearly endless colors, so simply laying down strips in alternating colors on your clear or solid-colored phone case will transform it into a geometric dream. If you’re feeling particularly crafty, try leaving some blank space between strips of Washi tape so your phone case’s original color can shine through.
If you’re a fan of a little glitz and glam, a glitter phone case is definitely the way to go. Want to complete this craft without the risk of getting glitter everywhere? We’ll review two different ways to create your own glitter phone case.
Glitter Vinyl Insert
For those of you who don’t want to risk making a mess, head out to your local craft store and pick up some glitter vinyl. This craft only works with a clear phone case, so make sure you’ve got one. Once you have your glitter vinyl, trace the shape of your phone case on it. Make sure you trace a hole for your camera, too! Once you have your pattern, cut it out and place it right into your case. This is an especially great option if you don’t necessarily want to hide the color of your phone, too.
Mod Podge and Loose Glitter
Your second option, if you’re a bit more comfortable with loose glitter, is to use Mod Podge on the outside of your phone case. In this case, it doesn’t matter whether your case is clear or not. You’ll be covering it with glitter! Simply coat your phone case (or the parts you want glitter on) with a thin layer of Mod Podge and either press your case into some loose glitter or pour your glitter over the sticky glue. Just make sure you don’t make either layer too thick — you don’t want a lumpy phone case.
If you’re into sewing or you like to keep extra buttons around, this phone case craft was made for you. This is also an excellent craft for the whole family, as it’s not that messy and doesn’t require any scissors. All you’ll need is some clear glue or Mod Podge, an assortment of buttons in whatever colors you choose, and a sealant. Here are the steps you’ll need to take:
- Gather and sort your buttons. You should be using small, thin buttons for this project, as they’ll make for easier gluing.
- Do a test arrangement of buttons on your phone case to make sure they’ll all fit in the pattern you choose.
- Spread your glue of choice in small sections, placing buttons down as you go. Be careful not to let your glue run over the edge of your case.
- Let dry for 24 hours before adding an acrylic sealant. This will help ensure waterproofing.
Much like the glitter insert we covered earlier, this is a simple, mess-free craft. Simply grab your favorite fabric, trace out your phone case pattern and a hole for your camera, cut accordingly, and place inside your clear phone case. For wrinkle-free results, you can glue your fabric to some plain craft paper before inserting in your phone case. The best part? Once you have your insert you can change it whenever you want with other fabric inserts! Considering Dia de Los Muertos and Halloween are just around the corner on November 1 and October 31, respectively, you could change your fabric insert to something appropriately themed for the season.
There are so many crafts you can do to make your phone case really stand out from the rest. So whether your kids have come down with one of the many colds they’ll probably catch this year or you just need an activity for a rainy day, consider making one of these DIY phone cases your craft for an afternoon.