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DIY iPhone Cases: Repurposing Holiday Glitz

by Grace Bonney

For some reason, this holiday season was full of glitter. Whether it was hanging on the wall at our office New Year’s Party or on the floor in the form of giant Mylar confetti, it felt like everything in my life was coated in a thin dusting of shininess. Rather than throwing or packing it all away for the next celebration, I decided to repurpose some of it for a quick and easy vacation DIY.

During my week off, I spent a good chunk of time vegging out on the couch (and re-watching all of Modern Family‘s first season), so this project was the perfect way to stay creative without too much effort. Using some inexpensive clear cases I ordered online, I gave new life to leftover tinsel, glitter and photobooth streamers. Along with some paint, they added much-needed glitz to the clear cases and have given me a few fun options to use throughout the year. I made four cases in one evening (I let them dry overnight), and the next morning they were good to go. So if you’ve still got some vacation time, or just want a fun after-work project, this is a great way to be creative in a pinch (or make a belated holiday gift). If glitter isn’t your thing, consider using the Mod Podge to attach beautiful leftover holiday ribbon or gift wrap to the case instead. Happy crafting! xo, grace

The full project instructions continue after the jump . . .

Difficulty: 1–2
Cost: $10–$15 each (depending on what materials you have around the house)


  • glitter
  • tinsel or streamers
  • Mod Podge
  • brushes
  • paint
  • scissors and/or hole punch (I love this one.)
  • clear iPhone cases (I used these.)



1. Assemble your glitter components. I used about a tablespoon-sized amount of glitter, tinsel and hand-cut streamers. To make the streamer parallelograms, I took a few strands and cut them long ways and then bunched them in a group and cut at an angle.

2. Working on one phone at a time (the glue dries really quickly), coat the inside of the case with a thin layer of Mod Podge. Distribute your glittery elements the way you’d like, dropping them from above or gently placing them with the tip of your finger. Try not to smudge or move the Mod Podge too much or you’ll leave a smear.

*If you want to just use small glitter, you can mix it into a small batch of Mod Podge and apply it directly in one step.

3. When your Mod Podge is totally dry, remove any excess glitter elements that didn’t full adhere, and either apply another coat and more glitter or move on to your paint.

*You can use a small Q-tip to remove excess glitter, paint or Mod Podge.

4. Apply a thin layer of paint (black was my favorite, because the glitter really stood out against it) and wait for it to fully dry. I did two thin coats on each phone.

5. Once the paint has fully dried (I let mine dry overnight), apply a final thin coat of Mod Podge to seal the paint. Attach to your phone, and you’re done!

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