DIY Kate Spade-Inspired Phone Case

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A phone case I've been lusting over for months is the Le Pavillion model by Kate Spade. Gold polkadots, a weakness of mine, is what drew me to it. There were, however, two things stopping me from buying it: it's price, and it's quality. Even though this case is totally gush-worthy, in the end, I've got to be honest and say that it isn't worth the on-sale price of $30. But you know what is worth it? Turning this case into a DIY project. That's right. Read on if you are interested in duplicating the case you see above:

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TOOLS: An old cell phone case, clear nail polish, gold multi-surface paint, Q-Tips, and a small spouncer/dabber (they look like this). If you don't have a souncer/dabber handy, grab a fatty highlighter, and a paper towel and see the tutorial below. Optional: a gold paint pen.

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Wipe down your case with rubbing alcohol to remove any excess dirt.
2. Take your spouncer/dabber, and stamp random dots of gold multi-surface paint on to your phone. Make sure you apply the paint in thin layers so that it doesn't take too long to dry. If you don't have a spouncer/dabber, see below for a tutorial on how to make your own. Also-- this first coat of paint isn't going to be perfect. The circles may look splotchy, but DON'T PANIC. You'll fix this later.
3. Once the first coat of paint is dry, take a Q-Tip that has been dipped in paint, and patch up any unevenness.
4. Optional: once your second coat of paint is dry, take your gold paint pen, and go over all of the dots. This will ensure that each dot is evenly painted, and help perfect the edges of each one.
5. Once all the paint is dry, go over each dot with 1-2 coats of clear nail polish.

**How to make your own circular dabber:
1. Take a fatty pen or highlighter (like this one) and wrap the non-writing end with a small square of paper towel. Make sure the paper towel lies flat on the end of the marker. This will be your stamp.
2. Secure the paper towel with an elastic.


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6 comments

Denysia Yu said...

Awesome DIY! :)

xx Denysia Yu
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Valérie said...

I love how you always have such great ideas! :D Great post!

XO
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Eleanor said...

such a lovely case! kate spade's designs are so cute - this is fab though girl, good job! :)
xxx
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Marlen said...

ok that is ridiculously easy and it comes out so cute! now if only i was high tech enough to have a smart phone ;)

xo Marlen
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Alyssa May Edwards said...

This turned out soooo cute!!!! :) I love it!!

xoxo,
Alyssa

aka Bailey said...

I keep seeing such cute DIY phone cases all over and it's making me feel pretty ghetto about owning my non-smart phone that I can't put a case on... Doh!

xox
Bailey
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