Last October I bought a beautiful Lauren Conrad limited edition iPhone case in preparation for me finally getting an iPhone. The above is what my case ended up looking like after a few months. The design was all beat up and the soft blue color was turning murky with age. Sad face!
I started the hunt for a new iPhone case worthy of my beautiful iPhone (I’m in love with it) and made a Pinterest board full of iPhone covers.
I quickly came to realize I have expensive taste! Thus, I started this project one creative night at around 11 PM.
Here is the long process I went through to make my first case. It would be much less of a hassle to buy a new case instead but I found this very fun and rewarding. It’s all up to you!
- Nail polish remover. I get Beauty Secrets nail polish remover in bulk from Sally’s Beauty Supply.
- Cotton balls. I just grab the generic kind from wherever is convenient.
- Nail polish colors for your design. I used Forever 21 Lilac, The Balm Hot Ticket in I’ll Pink to That, Revlon Glimmer Gloss (Limited edition from a few years ago), and Revlon Plum Night.
- Top coat to seal everything. I used the Beauty Secrets Top Coat.
- Something to sketch out your design for practice and a permanent marker for if you need to draw any outlines first.
- Lots of time!
- Soak cotton balls in nail polish remover and have them sit on top of your iPhone case to take off the previous design. Let them sit for a few minutes and then wipe away. Repeat a million times! It took me about 15 cotton balls. If you do not soak off the design the nail polish will react strangely to the material they use to overlay the design and create a bubbling weirdness (This is a very scientific tutorial! Haha). In the design I show tomorrow I didn’t take off the design, so you’ll see what a difference it makes. Trust me, if you want a smooth design you need to soak off the previous design. This took me about 45 minutes. Don’t get discouraged! Underneath will most likely be a normal piece of plastic.
- Wipe off the excess acetone and let it sit overnight so the smell goes away.
- Sketch the design you want to create and play with nail polish colors to practice. Of course you can use paints as well but I tend to like using nail polish. Not sure why! I based my design on something I saw in a magazine.
- Add layers of polish until you get the desired color. Work in thin layers so you don’t end up accidentally using a whole bottle of polish. I put on splotches of purple polish and then splotches of pink. On layers in between I put a sheer purple sparkly polish.
- Wait a whole day for it to dry. You don’t want to accidentally add finger prints!
- Then I used a permanent marker to outline where I wanted the animal print. The oils of my fingers made the marker smudge so you can’t use just markers. I then used a dark purple nail polish over where I laid out the print.
- Cover in a nail polish top coat! I have a really large top coat bottle from Sally’s Beauty Supply.
- Wait one day to dry.
- Wear and share!
Now you have a new iPhone case! I hope you enjoyed this write up! This iPhone case took me days to make and over an hour to take pictures of and write up, so spread the word! Click the Pinterest buttons to add it to your boards or share it on Facebook or Twitter.
Thank you so much for reading! Come back tomorrow to see how I made my second case.
Update: DIY Chic iPhone Case