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DIY gift idea: iPhone case design

If you know someone who needs a case for her iPhone, or any smartphone for that matter, then this DIY gift idea might be for you. Etsy’s Clare McGibbon added a special touch to an iPhone case by using pressed flowers.

“I think these would make great gifts. I think they’re very personalized,” she says. People can use flowers from a wedding bouquet, flowers that they bought themselves and more. “It’s a nice way to carry a sentiment with you.”

Below are McGibbon’s instructions on how to decorate a smartphone cover using pressed flowers:


●Pressed, dried flowers

Photo of the DIY pressed flower iPhone case (Clare McGibbon)

●Flat, solid white iPhone case

●Clear craft glue

●A flat and level work surface



●Parchment paper


●Thin-top permanent marker


●2 clear plastic cups

●2 wooden craft sticks

●50/50 clear-casing epoxy resin


● Q-tips

●Glitter (optional)

Step 1: Arrange the flowers

Place the pressed flowers on your case and play around with different arrangements. If you want to add a lot of flowers to your case, make sure they don’t pile up higher than a 16th of an inch or you won’t be able to properly coat the case in resin. Keep in mind that pressed flowers will become slightly translucent once they are coated in resin, so placing lighter colored flowers under darker ones works best. Once you find an arrangement you like, take a snapshot of it for reference.

Remove the flowers from the case and set them aside. Dab a small amount of glue on the largest flower and glue it to the case. Follow suit with the rest of the flowers, until your arrangement is complete.

Step 2: Prepare the resin

Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area. Cut a two-foot-long piece of parchment paper with scissors and tape it down to the flat work surface. Take the resin, and read the directions carefully. (Note: If the directions for your resin differ from the steps below, follow the directions for that resin or you’ll end up with a sticky mess.)

Put your ruler inside a plastic cup and mark the cup twice using a thin permanent marker. Your first mark will be at three-eighths of an inch, and your second will be at three-quarters of an inch.

Set the timer to two minutes, and have a craft stick ready for stirring. Slowly pour resin into the cup, up to the three-eighths-inch line. Keep in mind that an accurate pour is crucial, so don’t be too generous. Next, slowly pour the hardener to the three-quarter-inch line; don’t go over it.

Start the timer and stir the contents of the cup with your craft stick for two minutes, scraping the sides of the cup from time to time. Don’t worry if you see lots of bubbles forming; they’ll disappear. When the timer goes off, place the second plastic cup on your work surface and have your second unused craft stick ready for stirring. Optional: If you would like to add glitter to your case, sprinkle some into the mix now.

Next, set the timer to one minute and pour the contents of the first cup into the second cup. Continue stirring until the timer goes off. Let the resin rest for five minutes.

Step 3: Add resin to the case

Slowly pour a small amount of your newly mixed resin onto the center of your case. It’s always better to err on the side of caution and add too little resin than too much.

Spread the resin close to the edge of your case using your craft stick. Make sure the resin does not go over the edge. Add more resin to the case until the entire back and all the flowers are covered. Lightly blow on any bubbles that show up on the surface to help them disappear.

Set the case down on the parchment paper and keep an eye on it as it dries (about one to two hours). If any resin spills over the edges, dip Q-tips in acetone and wipe clean.

Once the first coat of resin has dried, examine your case to make sure all the flowers have been properly coated. If needed, add a second coat of resin.

Voila! You now have an embellished floral phone case to brighten up any conversation.

For the full tutorial, visit: DIY Pressed Flower iPhone Case


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