I finally got around to doing a tutorial for one of my favorite DIY projects! I’ve been making my own cell phone cases ever since I saw the super blinged out options online that sell for $200 per case…seriously, who the hell charges $200 for something that you can make yourself for less than 90% of that…I don’t understand but whatever. I’ve been loving studs on everything, so I decided to put some gold studs on this particular design. This is a fun and easy project, it shouldn’t take you longer than 2 hours max. It took me 1 hour, but I’ve made a few of them in the past. Once you place a few rhinestones on the case, you’ll be able to develop a rhythm and it’ll go much faster.
Picture of the end result!
- Rhinestones – quantity = 2 gross (144 per gross), size = ss20 (5mm), color = clear and AB
- Gold studs – quantity = 27 studs, size = 10mm
- Clear cell phone case
- E6000 Industrial Strength Glue
- Glue applicator = I just used a syringe because it makes glue application 1000 times easier
- Jeweler’s wax sticks – I used “Jewel Setter” brand ones. It’s pretty much just wax on a stick used to pick up the rhinestones and to place them on the glue. You could just dip a cotton bud into your candle a few times to make one yourself instead of going out and buying one.
Step 2: Position the rhinestones in the spaces around the studs. The studs are 10 x 10 mm, so the ss20 (5mm) rhinestones should fit two per stud. Each row and each column should be perfectly aligned. Start from one side and work from the top down one column at a time. Don’t use too much glue, otherwise the rhinestone drowns in the adhesive and it’s not as sparkly that way.
Step 3: After you’ve finished applying the rhinestones to the studded surface, you can put rhinestones on the sides of the case as well to make the case look more uniform. On the sides, it’s easier to apply the rhinestones two to a row, and go down row by row to keep it even all the way down. The good thing about E6000 is that it does not dry instantaneously, so you can kind of push the rhinestones around a little if you don’t like their initial position. You can also apply some pressure after you apply the rhinestones just to make sure that the rhinestones are firmly stuck to the cell phone case.
Tip: Make sure you wait at least 6 hours before using the case. You want the rhinestones and studs to be firmly adhered to the case. Once it’s dry though they’re really stuck on there so you won’t be able to pry it off for a good 6 months.
Tip: In terms of purchasing the requisite materials, just look online! I bought the cell phone case on ebay for $1.99 each! The studs I also got in ebay for $1.99 a pack. The most costly component of this DIY project are the rhinestones, and you need to purchase 2 gross to have enough for one case. I used 254 Swarovski rhinestones for this project which came out to be about $12.71, but a little more for the total 2 gross (288 total rhinestones.)
Try it out! It’s a super fun project if you’re into making things yourself.
Have a great week!
~ Deb ~
P.S. If you want me to make you one let me know, I may start making custom designs and selling them on my etsy site!