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Add a DIY phone case to your fun summer activities

With summer around the corner, you may have tons of activities lined up. While planning, organizing, and capturing the fun on your 5G smartphone, don’t forget to give your favorite device a fashionable upgrade. Below, we’ll show you how to make a DIY phone case.

4 DIY ideas to level up a drab phone case

In our tutorial, you’ll find a few DIY phone case ideas. That doesn’t mean, however, that you have to do all of them. Choose whichever you like best, even if it’s all of them. There’s no shame in being stylish. Check out the video below:

What you need for a DIY phone case

Before starting, you’re going to need a few things. These are all simple, accessible items you can find at any craft or art supply store. You may even have some of them in your home already.

Here’s a quick checklist:

  • Letter and number stickers
  • Geometric stud stick-ons
  • Acrylic paints
  • Nail polish
  • A chopstick or toothpick
  • A container of warm water


And, of course, you’ll need a phone case. When it comes to DIY, clear phone cases are best. Use what you have or visit your local Cellular Sales to find one. Some great options include Soft-touch ItSkins cases and durable Spek Presidio Series cases. For a little (or a lot) of sparkle, a Case-Mate Twinkle case may be exactly your speed.

DIY phone case: stickers

This DIY is the easiest. You’ll just need to spell out initials, a word, or phrase using the letter and number stickers. It can be song lyrics, a line from a book, or Pi to as many digits as you can remember. This is an affordable way to dress up your also-affordable iPhone SE.

The second requires a little planning, but is just as straightforward. Map out a design you like. Then, using the geometric stud stick-ons, bring it to life. Or cover the entire back of your case to give your moto edge 5G UW a textured, edgy look.

DIY phone case with acrylic paint

For this DIY painted phone case, a little more preparation is needed. To avoid messes, put down a drop cloth or newspaper under your case. And use containers for all the paints and utensils you’ll need.

Try different tools to create a look you’re happy with. That can include paint brushes, squirt bottles, and even your own fingers.

And remember to be patient. It’ll be a few hours before your phone case is dry enough to show off.

DIY phone case: nail polish

Use the nail polish you have on your dresser to create a beautiful and unique phone case. Even better, you know it’ll match your manicure and your Google Pixel 6 Pro‘s custom themes.

Be sure to pour your paints slowly. And try to make sure you’ve got a steady grip on your case as you dip it into the water.

During this DIY, ventilation is especially important. Minimize fumes by sitting near an open window or an electric fan. If your children are participating, it also helps to have a bottle of non-acetone nail polish remover nearby for spills. Pass the time waiting for your case to dry by painting each other’s nails.

Completing your DIY phone case designs

No DIY phone case is complete without a finishing touch. Consider a PopSocket in Mood Magma to set off the paint job on your Samsung S22 Ultra case. Explore more PopSockets, chargers, and custom-cut screen protection for wherever the summer takes you.

Find what you need to make a DIY phone case at your local Cellular Sales.

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