DIY: Recycle Your Phone Case

I dropped my phone a few days ago and my bumper broke. I didn’t want to spend anything on a new case so I went through my old cases and I found one where the design had chipped off. Earlier this morning, I was playing around with my nail polishes, but I can’t really have my nails done since I’ll be busy baking this week, and I thought, why don’t I just recycle my chipped phone case and repaint it using my nail polishes?

If you have some old phone cases lying around, you can definitely do this project. It takes about an hour and a half, including drying time.

Here are the materials I used:

  1. Old rubberized phone case
  2. Nail polish remover
  3. Cotton balls
  4. White nail polish
  5. Assorted nail polish colors
  6. Glitter
  7. Top coat/clear nail polish

And here’s the step-by-step guide on how I recycled my old phone case:

Prepare your old case, nail polish remover and cotton balls.

For this project, I used an old phone case that has a rubberized design. I used nail polish remover on cotton balls to remove the original design.

Put some nail polish remover onto a cotton ball and rub the original design off the case until it looks clean. Don't forget to wash off the residue.

When it looked almost clean, I washed off the residue with some soap and water.


Here are the nail polish colors that I used for the project.


I painted the case white first, to cover up the “remains” of the original design. I didn’t try to make it perfect–I was going for the textured look here.


Then I painted it with rainbow colors. (You can actually consider the case done after this part.)


However, I decided to add star-shaped glitter.


I placed the glitter in such way that it looks like it spilled from the upper right corner down to the lower left corner. I also added plain glitter for the pixie dust effect, then sealed the glitters with top coat. (You can use clear polish here.)


And here’s the finished product! (:

I’m actually using my case right now, and I’m loving it! (:

This can actually be done on plain-colored cases wherein you don’t have to paint the case white. I only painted mine white first to cover up the imperfections.

How would you design your recycled case? Let me know in the comments!