DIY No. 1: Phone Stickers
If you change phone cases more often than you change outfits, here's a thought: why not spend an afternoon making phone stickers? Designers like Anya Hindmarch and Rebecca Minkoff have had them in rotation for a few seasons now, and they're an easy way to switch up your phone's look on a whim.
What You'll Need
- Sticky-Back Foam: Each sheet is like a giant sticker; your job is just to cut it down to size. I used a $5 rainbow pack of ten 9" by 12" sheets from S&S Worldwide (ssww.com).
- Very Small, Very Sharp Scissors: It's hard to be precise when you're cutting through a double layer of foam and sticky backing. Invest in a pair of tiny, razor-sharp embroidery scissors—the kind that come with their own protective case.
- A Clear Phone Case: You don't want your stickers leaving any residue on your phone. Pick up a clear plastic phone case on Amazon; you can find them for as little as $4.
- Glitter: Non-negotiable.
- Glue: Also non-negotiable, since you're already using glitter.
Yes, that sticky backing is strong enough to adhere your foam creations to your phone case. But if you're making any three-dimensional stickers (like my Furby up there), the top layers (her eyelids and tongue, for example) are the most vulnerable to getting snagged in your bag zipper or jacket pocket. Secure them with an extra dab of glue, just in case.
DIY No. 2: Pom-Poms
Pom-pom cases have been floating around Etsy for a few years now, and they look especially great when candy colors and tinsel threads are involved. If you'd rather leave the glue guns to Martha Stewart, check out the lush Bando case that inspired this DIY ($35, bando.com); it uses about twice as many poms and looks like it fell out of a muppet's handbag.
What You'll Need
- Pom-Poms: I went with a $5, 100-pack of sparkle pom-poms from Creatology, which I picked up at Michael's Crafts. Look for a bag that contains multiple sizes; this one had four different widths, and I used them all.
- A Glue Gun: A mini version with a small nozzle works best here (CraftBond 20-Watt Mini Dual Temp Glue Gun by Elmer's, $10, homedepot.com).
- Glue Sticks: Expect to go through two or three, if you're using a mini glue gun (CraftBond 4-Inch Mini Hot Glue Sticks by Elmer's, $5, homedepot.com).
A Clear Phone Case: Again, Amazon is a gold mine.
Use the smallest pom-poms around your phone case's camera window—you don't want any tinsel threads making their way into your photos.
DIY No. 3: Wiggle Eyes
The goal here is to make your phone case look like a sparkly, all-seeing monster.
What You'll Need
- Wiggle Eyes: Pick up a pack with a wide range of sizes; the tiny ones are especially key for framing your phone's camera window and side buttons (Watch Them Wiggle Eyes by Fun Express, $6, amazon.com).
- Glitter Glue: Look for one with a high glitter-to-glue ratio (Silver Glitter Glue by Stickles, $6, amazon.com), it's worth the slow drying time.
- Tweezers: These aren't totally necessary, but they will make it easier to arrange your wiggle eyes without getting glitter on your hands.
- A Clear Phone Case: While the first two DIYs work fine with flexible phone cases, it's best to get a hard case for this one—movement can cause cracks in your glitter glue.
To really stick those eyeballs onto your phone case, apply them like this: squeeze out a generous dot of glue and press your wiggle eye directly in the middle, until the excess pools up around its sides.