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June 7, 2012

DIY: iPhone Case Refurbishment #2 (Chic!)

iPhone Case DIY

My second DIY iPhone case! I need to add another layer of pink in a few places but other then that I think it is so cute! Make sure to see my more funky iPhone cover from yesterday and read more about why I started this project.

How to Paint an iPhone Case with Nail Polish


  1. An iPhone case. I used my free case from Sephora.
  2. Nail polish colors for your design. I used OPI Alpine Snow (similar) and Forever 21 Peach (similar).
  3. Top coat to seal in the design. I used Beauty Secrets top coat from Sally Beauty Supply.
  4. Tape.
  5. Magazine clippings.


Do not soak off the previous design using nail polish remover like in the previous tutorial. We want the textured look  like in this close up:

Easy DIY iPhone Case

Interesting texture!

If you prefer a smooth surface, start with step one from yesterday’s tutorial.

  1. My iPhone cover has cute stripes on the edges so to protect that cover it in scotch tape like you would corners when painting a room.
  2. Cover the entire back area with a base color. I had a lot of the light pink color so I used that as a base. Wait for it to dry.
  3. Use tape to mark off where you want your stripes. Then paint over the bare areas. I used white stripes.
  4. Wait until everything is completely dry before you pull off the tape. you may end up with some bald spots but it can be fixed with a little more polish, no biggie.
  5. Use nail polish top coat like an adhesive and apply on any magazine clippings you’d like.
  6. Cover the entire cover in clear top coat.
  7. Wait to dry and wear!

Easy DIY iPhone Cases with Nail Polish

Thank you for checking out my iPhone case refurbishments! If you like them, make sure to pin them on Pinterest, tweet, or Facebook them. Sharing is the new tip jar!

Leave me a comment with your thoughts!


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  • Carol

    wow. Amazing!! I will try this with my iphone. pretty cool stuff you have.!

    June 7, 2012 at 11:00 am Reply
    • rebeccakelsey

      I hope it works out for you! Send me a picture with how it turns out!

      Kindness is the best accessory,

      June 8, 2012 at 12:04 pm Reply
  • Christine Balch

    Awesome. I want to change the image of my iphone case as well. Are you the one doing this designing? I hope I have that sort of talent.

    June 7, 2012 at 9:04 pm Reply
    • rebeccakelsey

      The animal print one was based on a magazine but the other I did all myself. I hope your case turned out well!

      Kindness is the best accessory,

      June 8, 2012 at 12:06 pm Reply
  • Jenny

    very awesome phone covers :) wish i could do something like that myself but i have one of those old school flippy phones that are basically junk xD maybe someday then i’ll come back here and learn how to decorate stuffs :P very awesome.

    June 11, 2012 at 6:43 am Reply
    • rebeccakelsey

      Thank you Jenny! I didn’t have a smart phone until December so I know how that feels! I hated my other phones.

      Kindness is the best accessory,

      June 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm Reply

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