Turn your device into a beautiful accessory by creating your own Abstract Gradiant Painted Cell Phone Case!
My Abstract Gradiant Painted Cell Phone Case tutorial is sponsored by DecoArt. As always, all ideas and opinions are my own.
Hello friends, happy hump day and happy August! It’s crazy to think that school is starting up again soon, or already has for some! The summer always seems to fly by. I was one of those kids that would get giddy about going school supply shopping… I liked it just as much (and maybe sometimes even more!) than going back to school clothes shopping. Crazy, right?! 🙂
I don’t buy school supplies anymore but my grownup equivalent is probably cell phone cases and accessories. I love switching out my cell phone’s “outfit” every once in awhile and this time decided I would DIY a painted phone case. This was such a quick and easy craft that I can’t believe I haven’t done it before. From now on I’ll be making my own cell phone cases! See how easy it is to make on with me:
Abstract Gradiant Painted Cell Phone Case
- Cell phone case
- Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paints in Iris, Pink Tropics and Waterfront
- Americana DuraClear Soft Touch Varnish
- Thin painters tape or washi tape
- Cosmetic sponge
- Needle, pen cap, fingernail or the like for creating vertical distress stripes
Ensure that the surface of the cell phone case is completely clean and free of debris (it’s ideal to wipe the surface with rubbing alcohol). With the thin painters or washi tape, tape off sections in whatever shapes you would like to see on your painted cell phone case (remember to continue tape on the sides of the cell phone case).
Dip a cosmetic sponge in the first paint color and tap the excess off onto a plate or paper towel. Starting at the bottom, dab the paint onto the cell phone case and work about one third of the way up.
Flip the cosmetic sponge over (or grab a new one) and layer on the 2nd color and repeat with the 3rd color.
Gently pull up the painters or washi tape as soon as you finish painting, you don’t want the paint to dry or you could peel up the paint along the clean edges. While the paint is still wet, use a needle, pen cap, fingernail (or all of the above!) to scrape off some of the paint to create some distressed vertical patterns.
Usually Americana Multi-Surface Paint requires no top coat or sealer, but since a cell phone case can take a little more abuse that most craft projects you’ll be painting you should seal it. Top with 3 thin coats of Americana DuraClear Soft Touch Varnish to give your painted cell phone case extra protection.
And that’s it! Your Abstract Gradiant Painted Cell Phone Case is ready to decorate your cell phone and become your cutest new accessory!
Looks so cute!! Curious, what type of phone case did you use? (What was it made of, finish, etc?) My daughter wants to do this craft with a friend during a sleepover, and they both have old iphone 6 phones, so I need to hunt down the right kind of case that will take paint well. Any tips?
Thanks so much! I used a silicone case and the paint did chip some. I would suggest a hard case with a slightly textured surface (or at least a matte surface, not shiny or too smooth). With that and sealing it will hold up well. What a cute idea for a sleepover!
Will the painted buttons on the sides crack and come off and does it look ok with thick tape?? Thanks!
Hi Jenny! They have cracked some with all of the abuse I dish out to my phone haha! I didn’t try it with thick tape but I think it would be cool!
Just made one! So easy and very unique!
Yay I’d love to see it! Thanks Jamie!
love the distressed look.
Thanks so much Ella! I’m so glad you like it, that was kind of a last minute decision but I love how it turned out. 🙂