How to Make Your Own Phone Cases

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One of the hottest trends today is to accessorize your phone. No matter what you wear, a custom-made, personalized case will make a unique statement when you’re out and about! There are hundreds of premade designs out there, but fashion is all about expressing yourself. I’m not a fan of spending money to buy a premade case when you can easily customize your own for less! Read on to learn how.

One of the hottest trends today is to accessorize your phone. No matter what you
 
wear, a custom-made, personalized case will make a unique statement when you’re 
 
out and about! There are hundreds of premade designs out there, but fashion is all 
 
about expressing yourself. I’m not a fan of spending money to buy a premade case 
 
when you can easily customize your own for less! Read on to learn how.


 
The Supplies

First, you need a basic phone cover that fits your phone. I recommend purchasing a hard plastic snap-on case in a clear or solid color. To be sure it will fit, search eBay for “ hard phone case” and then the model of your phone. Next, you’ll need some embellishments. Look for fabric flowers, rhinestones, charms and pendants, and scrapbook paper on eBay. You can also reuse old and broken costume jewelry. Finally, for a few of the designs I’m going to show you, you’ll need craft glue, a clear gloss spray and Mod-Podge

Once you have your case, check the fit and then wash it in warm soapy water to remove any oils or dirt. Now let’s get started!


Design #1: Flower Power
Our first design is a cute flowerbed—simple, colorful, and perfect with any fun, casual outfit. Dab the backs of your fabric flowers with craft glue and apply to a bright-color case in straight lines (or not!). Trim the flower pieces to fit around the camera lens and let the glue dry. I love this design. It’s sweet and girly, and the flowers have a fun texture when you’re holding your phone.





Design #2: Paparazzi Glam
Now, let’s create a flashy paparazzi look. A cute camera pendant is a perfect phone embellishment for an Instagram addict, like me. Place the pendant and a handful of rhinestones on a clean, dark-color case, and move them around to play with the layout until you get the look you want. Then use your craft glue to set them in place. I recommend using rhinestones of all different shapes, sizes, and colors to give your design extra dimension. This is a glam case that’ll work well for evenings out!



Design #3: Picture Perfect
Have a photo you love or a cute cutout from a magazine? I found this adorable picture of a pineapple online, and used my laser printer to print it. Then I cut out the image, carefully trimming the excess with an EXacto knife. Next, I smoothed craft glue onto the back of the image and stuck it onto a solid white phone case. Once the glue dried, I applied a layer of gloss paint over the entire case to seal in the image and protect it. Be sure to give the gloss time to dry—it can take up to a day.



Design #4: Prints Charming
Finally, lets get creative with a clear case! Clear (and transparent color) cases are fun because you can easily change up the look with decorative paper over and over again. First, take the paper template usually included inside newly purchased cases, and trace the shape onto the back of some pretty, patterned scrapbook paper. Then cut it out, trimming the holes for the camera and speakers with an EXacto knife. Place the paper inside your clear case with the design side facing out, then put your phone in the case! No glue necessary-the phone will keep the design in place. To change the look, change the paper! It’s so easy you can even do it daily to match your outfit.

So, you see, there’s only one rule when working with phone cases: be as creative as you want!  Use my ideas as a starting point and get crafty! Your cases should reflect your own personal style. For more great ideas, be sure to watch my YouTube video tutorial!

For other great quick and easy crafty DIY’s, go to my Youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/anneorshine or follow me on Instagram at @lifeannstyle.
 
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