Now, my style is usually pretty minimal, but every now and then, I need something a little bit flashy. Okay, a lot a bit flashy! I’ve been obsessed with this iPhone case ever since I saw it on Sincerely, Jules. Unfortunately, they are both sold out and outside of my acceptable price range for a cell phone case. So, I jumped on eBay, the mothership of super cheap things and found some studs and a case I could work with. I decided to go with some iridescent rhinestones as opposed to all gold because I have a special place in my heart for all things iridescent.
First, I painted the black gold. Again, I don’t particularly recommend having to paint it since I think it contributed to some little stones falling off. Or, it would probably be alright if you sealed it. Next, I traced around the case on a piece of paper and made a little grid with a ruler. I marked where the studs would go, then flipped the paper over onto the case and marked the dots on the other side of the paper, which transfered the marks onto the case. The next step was simple; I grabbed the studs and got to gluin’!
Then, it got exciting – time for rhinestones. It’s best to start with the largest first and gradually fill in the others, medium to extra definitely-have-to-use-tweezers tiny. Also, unless you want to glue your fingers together, I would recommend putting a tiny dab of glue where you want to place the rhinestone, instead of on the rhinestone itself. Now, you might be thinking that’ll take forever, but it really wasn’t all that bad! The whole DIY took exactly the time it took to watch Harry Potter 3. Pretty great use of time, if you ask me.
Get ready, it’s about to get real awesome right here.
TA-DAAAAA!!! So awesome I have to speak in ALL-CAPS! I think you could get really creative with this. Use gold and silver for some mixed metal, or they even have some rose gold studs hanging out on Ebay. Use your imagination!
Have fun making your DIY Studded iPhone Case! Share on Instagram with #alyssarenee.
- Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic