DIY Stud and Rhinestone IPhone Case!

diy blinged iphone 4 case with studs

Hi Everyone!

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!

diy blinged iphone 4 case with studs
Materials you will need:

  1. Rhinestones – quantity = 2 gross (144 per gross), size = ss20 (5mm), color = clear and AB
  2. Gold studs – quantity = 27 studs, size = 10mm
  3. Clear cell phone case
  4. E6000 Industrial Strength Glue
  5. Glue applicator = I just used a syringe because it makes glue application 1000 times easier
  6. 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.
Total Cost = $15.75

diy blinged iphone 4 case with studs

diy blinged iphone 4 case with studs

diy blinged iphone 4 case with studs
Step 1: Figure out what kind of pattern you want to make with the studs. Once you’ve settled on a design, glue the studs to the case for your basic layout.
diy blinged iphone 4 case with studs

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.
diy blinged iphone 4 case with studs

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.
diy blinged iphone 4 case with studs

diy blinged iphone 4 case with studs
A view of the case from the inside just to get an idea of how the studs and rhinestones should look once they’re all applied.
diy blinged iphone 4 case with studs

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.)

That’s it!

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!

8 Comments

  • Reply July 9, 2012

    Wendy

    I’m glad you got around to making more! I love your cases :)

    • Reply July 9, 2012

      DHa

      Thanks! If you want one lemme know! I’ll make you one :)

  • Reply October 11, 2012

    Rudi

    That looks awesome! How much would you charge for an i-phone 5 case? Thanks!

    • Reply October 11, 2012

      DHa

      Hey Rudi,

      It really depends on how high you want the quality of the case and crystals to be. I can do an all crystal case for like $40, or a custom design with studs, and Swarovski crystals for around $60. Just let me know what you want, I can make it happen! Thanks for visiting my blog!

      ~ Deb

  • Reply May 5, 2013

    Cierra

    Hi really love your design do u think u can make me a peace sign case iPhone 4 s and can u give me an estimated cost

    • Reply June 2, 2013

      DHa

      Hi Cierra,

      Thanks! I would love to make you a case! Based on the size and style of rhinestones the cost will vary. What did you have in mind for rhinestone colors and size? My personal email address is debraha0418@gmail.com, please email me with what you want in terms of colors and size of rhinestones and we can work out a price! Thanks for checking out my blog!

      ~ Deb

  • Reply October 7, 2013

    Marena

    Where did you get the rhinestones? Ebay? Any particular seller you would recommend? Thanks :)

    • Reply October 9, 2013

      DHa

      Hi Marena!

      I purchased the rhinestones on http://www.beadsfactory.com, their prices are always really great! They’re based in downtown LA, so sometimes if I’m not busy I’ll just go to their store and pick some stuff up in person. I hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by!

      Deb

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