How To: Glitter Phone Case

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I was inspired to do a glitter phone case by J Crew, who had one a few seasons ago that I completely lusted after but never bought because I hate myself/was going through a weird time in my life when I didn’t like what J Crew like stood for, y’know. Anyways, I’m past that now and I’m kind of glad I couldn’t find a glittery case when I emerged from the dark ages because I decided to make one and then when I was out buying glitter, I got to text my boyfriend the phrase “hide yo kids, hide yo wives, cause I’m glittering EVERYTHING up in here.” Dreams do come true, kids.

DSC_0041I bought 24 different colors of glitter instead of just the silver I needed. So? Get out of my face. You can never have too much glitter. I was so excited. I still am excited. Expect lots and lots and lots of glitter in the coming forever. I love glitter. Glitter glitter glitter. I digress.

What You’ll Need: 
Mod Podge. I got matte, but you’re allowed to use whatever you want.
Glitter. Martha Stewart glitter is the. best. glitter. out there. Hands down. Don’t even try other glitter. Don’t even look at it. Don’t even think about it (a caveat to this is that it’s not food safe- if anyone has a good food-safe glitter, please let me know in the comments).
– A phone case. I got mine at a dollar store here in the city, but you could get one anywhere you see fit. Mine is one of those gel-like ones. I also got a white/clear color so it wouldn’t be a total pain to paint over. The glitter won’t completely cover the case, so get a plain color if you don’t want it to show through. Of course as I type this, I’m thinking of all the cute patterns you put glitter on.
– Paintbrush/stir stick.
– Container. I used a plastic cup, but my favorite thing to use for this kind of thing is sushi takeout containers.

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Okay– here’s what I did: Pour about a tablespoon of mod podge in your cup/bowl/takeout container and add about 2 teaspoons of glitter. Keep in mind that the mod podge dries clear, so the color of the mix isn’t the color that’ll actually end up on your case.

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Here’s the case with one wet coat of glitter/mod podge mix.

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See how the glitter spreads out? Add more to the mod podge!DSC_0065

After a while (like 5 coats) I gave up trying to paint the glitter on and just sprinkled it on the case. I did it in a line and the spread it out with a paintbrush that had some of the mod podge on it. Do this in coats too, or else you’ll get glitter clumps on the back of your case. I did this a bunch of times until I could hold up the case to light and couldn’t really see through in most places. Do it on the sides too, but use a smaller brush. For reference, I ended up using about a quarter of the little .37 oz bottle (I googled that, btw, I didn’t just know how big the bottles are). Prop up on something so none of the painted parts touch anything- with the prop where the phone would go, if that makes sense. I used a mint tin.

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Here it is all done! See? I’m very casually talking on the phone while my boyfriend takes pictures of me. 100% casual and  certified un-staged.*

*A little staged.

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