It’s the first Tuesday of the month and that means today is our June Create with Me Challenge. Last month the vote was unanimous – the people want to see dollar store DIYs and crafts! My creation: a colorful and trendy custom painted phone case!
There’s more dollar store crafty goodness—be sure to read to the end of this post to see more projects and ideas! And if you’re visiting for the first time from one of the other participating blogs, welcome! You’re sure to find lots of crafty ideas and DIYs around here.
I’ll admit, I don’t shop the dollar store very often. I roamed the aisles of my local Dollar Tree for a long time gathering ideas and trying to get inspired. I kept coming back to the aisle with phone cases and found *the* only plain white one that would fit my iPhone 6. I took it as a sign.
This actually worked out quite well, because my beloved Rifle Paper Co. iPhone case is falling apart. I’m the kind of person who buys a phone case and uses it until it falls apart, or until I upgrade my phone, so typically for 2+ years. I’ve been in denial that my current case has run its course because I love it so, and I also don’t feel like spending $30-ish on a new one.
But for one whole dollar (plus tax!) I got myself a custom-made, trendy tribal painted phone case! Gotta love what DIY can do for you!
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How to make a DIY Tribal Painted Phone Case:
- DecoArt Extreme Sheen Paint in Pink Tourmaline
- Small paintbrush
- PLAID Clear Acrylic Sealer
- Solid white iPhone case
Step 1: Gather supplies. You may want to wash the case or wipe it down with rubbing alcohol before painting, especially if it seems dirty or dusty. If you like, sketch out your design on a piece of paper before you begin painting.
Step 2: Using the DecoArt Extreme Sheen Paint, create the pattern or design of your choice. I found it easier to start my tribal design in the center of the phone case and then work my way to the edges, instead of going from the top down. I mixed solid and dashed lines with triangles, chevrons and dots to achieve my tribal/geometric inspired pattern. Go over your design with a second coat of paint, if needed.
Step 3: Once the paint is fully dried, spray the case with a few light coats of PLAID Clear Acrylic Sealer to protect it from chipping.
I love how easy it was to create a unique and trendy phone, and I am even more thrilled that it only cost me $1!
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Create with Me DIY Challenge: Dollar Store Makeovers
Many thanks to Samantha from Little Bits of Home for organizing our challenges each month! Be sure to check out my blog pals’ awesome projects—isn’t it amazing what you can create with dollar store items?
Supply Photos via Amazon.com
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Tribal Painted Phone Case via Two Purple Couches
DIY Etched Glass Beer Mugs via My Life from Home
Watercolor Labels via Little Bits of Home
Vase with Pops of Pretty Pineapples via Knock it Off Kim
DIY Triangle Shelf Planter via Making Joy and Pretty Things
DIY Copper Planter via A Purdy Little House
DIY Fourth of July Art via Our Crafty Mom
Industrial Bin via North Country Nest
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Oh my gosh! This is so clever. I love this idea so much and how it can be customized to any decor. Wonderful idea.
Thank you so much, Sue!
So adorable, Emily! My girls love to change their phone cases out with their outfit – can you say first world? – so this would be a perfect craft for them!
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Hahaha! That’s too funny, Kim! Yes, they could easily make a case for every outfit in their closet 😉
Such a creative idea! I’m so impressed with your painting skills. Mine would look like a disaster!
Thank you so much, Sarah! I did sketch out my design before I started painting, but working with a brush vs. pencil is always different!
I LOVE this! Such a fun craft that even my girls could do. I’m like you a keep a phone case forever, but mostly because I don’t want to spend the money. This is a great, very inexpensive alternative!
Thanks so much, Amy! I’d love to change up my cases, but I don’t want to spend the money either. But for $1 and customizing my design… I might start making a bunch of my own 😉
I love how this turned out – so easy and cute 🙂
Thank you Kelly!
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