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Monday, January 23, 2012

DIY Rainbow Polka Dot Phone Case

* For those of you stopping by today from A Simple Affair- thanks for taking the time out of your day to see the blog - I appreciate it more than you know!! Hope you like today's craft!*

   **For all other lovely followers- you can find my guest post on all my favorite "E" things on A Simple Affair today as a part of her A-Z series!! **

   Okay. Enough italics. It's hurting my eyes. 

   Remember my DIY checkered phone case from last week? Well as promised, here's the second one I made! In case you haven't figured it out from my many previous posts involving acrylic paint- I have enough different colors to make the most gigantic rainbow imaginable. How? A ridiculous sale at Michael's for 19 cents per bottle on most of them- and then another huge sale with a 25% off coupon on top of that for the rest. I'm telling you people, never pay full price for ANYTHING at Michael's. Splurge elsewhere- there's always a coupon for that place! Alright, moving on to the case: 
 I found a cheap-o white case online (here to be exact) and set up my paints in rainbow order to begin the polka dotting process. After trying brushes, pencil erasers, and other assorted super-legit mediums I found the end of one of my paint brushes worked best to get the tiny dot I was looking for:
 I poured out a small amount of the first color and slowly added white as I made dot after dot- giving the perfect gradation:
 Which led to all the paint looking marbleized and cool like this:
Somehow the orange ended up looking like some terrible lava flow:
 After this point I stopped taking pictures after every single row of colors, but you get the point, right? Good.
 Aaaand drumroll please......

The finished product!!!!!!
 I love it. A lot.
 I especially love the greens and blues in the middle, but then again I'm always a sucker for a good teal or turquoise!

I ended up applying a thin layer of Mod Podge over the top of the dots so they wouldn't rub or peel off, and  thus far it's all stayed perfectly intact!


What do you think? Would you let rainbow polka dots adorn your phone's case? Any other ideas for patterns I could paint on future cases? Let's hear 'em!



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30 comments:

  1. It is seriously amazing, and I would be so happy to look at it all day, every day! Thanks so much for guest posting today! xo

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    1. always my pleasure!if you ever get sick of that monogram iPhone case, you know who to call!

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  2. OH, I love that one too! Now need to get some blank cases. mine is silver and has a bazillion ridges on it...

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    1. you should! let me know if you do, i'd love to see how it turned out!

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  4. I love this...so cute. I think I know a certain young lady in troll town that is going to want one of these! (hint: think g-friend of my son... :)

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    1. i'll make one and give it to blaine so he can give it to her for a present ;)

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  5. Okay, WOW, this turned out perfect! I wonder if I could pull that off? What a great DIY project. Excited to see what's to come! :)

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    1. Of course you could pull it off!! Thanks for the compliment and stopping by!!
      xo
      laura

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  6. That looks so cute, I want to try it! I love the simple pattern with the pretty colors, thanks for the tutorial.

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    1. thanks for stopping by staci!! glad you liked it! :)

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  7. So, so cute! I hope to get a new phone in August and be with the in-crowd with super cool cases! xoxo, Lorie

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  8. This is so cute!! Love your blog -- found via Carly and now following. xo

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    1. thanks julia! glad you found the blog- thanks so much for following!!

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  9. This is amazing! I love it and want to make my own :)

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  10. I love this! I would love to have a polka dot phone case. I use an andriod phone so it's a bit harder for me to find a plain case to work with...but I'll have to keep an eye out for one.

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    1. it took me a while to find one for mine- it's an HTC evo design. try the website i listed in the post- they have cases for a lot of phones!

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  11. What a cute idea! I love this! I might have to do it with a variety of pinks!

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    1. you should! by the way- i tried the blueberry bars from your blog and am posting about them soon (with full credit to you of course!)

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  12. This is all sorts of awesome! I have a gazillion colors of paint too. Great idea, featuring on A Little Tipsy today.

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    1. Thanks so much for the compliment and for featuring the phone case Michelle! You are so sweet!!

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  13. It's amazing! You did a beautiful job! It just makes me happy to look at it! I would love for you to link up to It's a Party going on right now!
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  14. Luckily, there are lots of fancy designs. In fact, you may have your own image or logo on the chosen case, although this will be a bit more expensive.

    e_cell

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