In the past, we’ve talked about making your own phone grip to ensure that your phone stays secure and stylish. After all, in our everyday accessories, it feels equally important that they look good and serve their purpose. On that note, we’re going to help you up your phone accessory game by showing you how you can use epoxy to create a custom one-of-a-kind resin phone case.
Although this tutorial follows the process of creating one specific design, the techniques implemented can help you accomplish much more. Let’s go ahead and dive right into the process! If you’d rather follow along with a video, you can find one below. Otherwise, this guide will also have step-by-step images accompanying it.
Let’s Make a DIY Resin Phone Case!
- ProMarine Supplies Table Top Epoxy Resin
- Star and moon glitter
- Graduated mixing cups
- Stir sticks
- Multiple colors of glitter
- Safety glasses
- Clear phone case
- Dried flowers and plants
- Stickers of your choice (we had butterflies to fit the nature theme)
Let’s begin by taking out our Table Top Epoxy Resin and measuring it in a 1-to-1 by volume ratio. If you need help calculating the amount of resin required to cover your phone case, you can use our epoxy calculator! Also, whether you’ve worked with epoxy resin in the past or not, it’s helpful to read the instructions provided with for each individual product.
Thoroughly combine the two parts of the epoxy resin until there are no striations and minimal bubbles. Scrape the sides as you go to ensure that all the resin is incorporated. Slowly stir and fold for 3 to 5 minutes.
Set up your clear phone case with the back facing you. This is where you’ll be pouring your layers of clear resin. Pour the prepared resin in a thin stream along the edges of your case and then into the center. You should have some remaining for later applications.
Although our resin is self-leveling, it helps to have a tool of some kind to evenly coat the case. Whatever you choose, the utensil should help you level the resin before you add your decorations.
Take your tweezers and use them to apply several of your stickers to the resin. Gently pat down your decorations as you place them so that the resin can help hold them in place. Eventually, you’ll coat all the decorations with another layer of resin. This process of encapsulation is a frequently used technique in the resin artisan community.
If you decide to use flowers like we did, you can purchase fake or real ones. If you get real flowers, it’s best to go through the process of drying them before encapsulating them in resin. Although it takes extra time, drying these items out is crucial to limiting the presence of bubbles, as it removes the inherent moisture in organic materials.
You can use a popsicle stick to drizzle some resin onto what you’ve added. This will eventually provide your décor with a clear protective layer when cured. Don’t be afraid to move your décor around a bit while the resin remains uncured to help align your design with the way you envision it.
Continue to intermix your décor. Style it whatever way you want! We combined flowers, butterfly stickers, and small pieces of glitter to achieve our look.
We chose to sprinkle different colors of glitter diagonally across the design we created. We started with silver on the top and dark pink toward the bottom…
…and eventually layered dark blue and lighter pink on top of those.
Once you’re satisfied with how everything looks, it’s time for the resin to cure! It’s best to let it sit where it won’t accumulate any dust or come into contact with debris. Allow it to cure in an environment with a temperature of around 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit for 72 hours.
DIY Resin Phone Case Ideas
Take a look at the beautiful cases created by some of the artists across the resin community. Being able to be a part of the creative process for so many crafters only serves to inspire the content that we supply as well!
@ej.artistry’s custom resin phone cases give you the chance to channel the sea wherever you go.
@darkbluetenn is showing their T-Swift spirit with their own glamorous take on a resin phone case!
We think that the gold flakes and marbled pink look are particularly stunning details in @toriroseartco’s case.
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If you have any questions about ProMarine Supplies’ products or if there’s a project you’d really like to see a tutorial about, feel free to contact us, visit our FAQs page, or even comment on this blog post! Your feedback will continue to help us learn more and more about the things that you like to create—and help us formulate ways to help you best create them.