Rainbow Button iPhone Case {DiY}

DiY Rainbow Button iPhone Case.  This is SO cute!  Make a custom iphone cover using a clear $5 cover and some spare buttons.I cannot even tell you how excited I am about today’s project.  I’m actually giddy.  Rainbow buttons + an iPhone?  Oh my heavens, that is craft nirvana right there!

I know I am a little late to the party when it comes to this whole iPhone thing….I held onto my broken, barely functioning, old-school first generation Android phone for over two years, just waiting to ride out my contract so that we could switch carriers.  You know, because I’m thrifty!  Finally, in January, Husband and I joined the ranks of the iPhone devotees.  I can say with all honesty that I finally get what all the fuss is about.

But back to what this post is all about–making said iPhone C.U.T.E.  The thing about iPhones is that they are really, really breakable, which means a case is pretty much a necessity.  There is no shortage of darling cases available, but holy moly, have you looked as some of the prices for those darling cases?  Crazy!  After discovering this bargain-priced clear case on Amazon for only five bucks I decided it was time to get a little bit crafty.

DiY Rainbow Button iPhone Case.  This is SO cute!  Make a custom iphone cover using a clear $5 cover and some spare buttons.

Here is what you need:

iLuv clear iPhone case 
assorted colorful buttons
e-6000 glue
Mod Podge or Sealer (optional)


DiY Rainbow Button iPhone Case.  This is SO cute!

Step 1:  Sort your pile of buttons by color and size, keeping the small & thin ones for your project.  This is a GREAT task for kids!  If you don’t already have a button collection, you can buy a bulk pack of buttons at JoAnn’s for just a few dollars.  (Be sure to use a coupon.  They also accept competitors coupons and you can use multiple smart phone coupons in one transaction which gives you NO excuse for not using at least one!)  I still have a lifetime supply of buttons left over from this Cute as a Button baby shower I threw for my goddaughter last year!

DiY Rainbow Button iPhone Case.  This is SO cute!

Step 2:  Do a test run of arranging the buttons on your phone to make sure you have enough of each color.

DiY Rainbow Button iPhone Case.  This is SO cute!

Step 3: Carefully spread the e-6000 glue over the top quarter of the phone case, being careful to not let it run over the edge.  Arrange your buttons, then continue adding glue & buttons in quarter sections.  Let dry for 24 hours.

DiY Rainbow Button iPhone Case.  This is SO cute!

DiY Rainbow Button iPhone Case.  This is SO cute!

Step 4:  Once the e-6000 glue has set completely you can add extra shine by adding a layer of Mod-Podge or sealer.  I used Mod Podge for the first layer because a.) that is what I had and b.) I’m not sure I can complete a craft project without using at least one of the following: Mod Podge, felt, burlap, or chalkboard paint.  However, since Mod-Podge is NOT water resistant & it might get sticky if it gets wet, I later got some acrylic sealer and added an extra layer of protection.

DiY Rainbow Button iPhone Case.  This is SO cute!

Once the sealer has dried completely, simply slip onto your phone and wait for the compliments to start rolling in.

Rainbow Button iPhone Case.  This is so cool!  Make a custom iPhone case with just a $5 clear generic cover & some spare buttons.  Great gift idea!

How easy is that?  This would make SUCH a great gift for all those iPhone junkies in your life!  I also found this clear MacBook clamshell and I am seriously considering adding a little rainbow button action to my computer as well.   If you are looking for something a little simpler but still custom, you could slip a favorite photo behind the clear case or use some of the Martha Stewart all surface acrylic paint to add a pretty design.  The possibilities are endless!

DiY Rainbow Button iPhone Case.  Love this SO much!  Darling custom iPhone case made from a $5 clear cover and spare buttons.  Awesome handmade gift idea!

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  • Allison May 27,

    This is so cute! Rainbows and buttons are two of my favorite things! :-) I have been waiting for my contract to get done so I can get an iPhone too–only 2 months to go! (Can’t wait!) I was wondering where you buy the e-6000 glue?

    • Taylor May 27,

      Hey Allison! You can buy e-6000 at craft stores. Personally, I buy my at JoAnn’s. =)

    • Ruth Soukup May 28,

      Yep, Taylor is exactly right…..you can get it at any craft store! You can also pick it up at Lowes or Home Depot where it is slightly cheaper. Of course the craft stores usually accept coupons!

  • Sheena May 27,

    So cute! I switched to an iPhone a few years ago and now I am waiting to be able to upgrade to the 5. I wasn’t sure I’d like the iPhone at first but I LOVE it. I have an otterbox but its so big and bulky that I don’t use it so mine is out of the case. Luckily so far I haven’t broken it. I did drop it in the toilet but after being in a bag of rice for two days it works.

    • Ruth Soukup May 28,

      I first tried the Otterbox too but HATED it for the same reason! It was so big & bulky that I could barely use it. Plus it wasn’t cute at all! :-) This one is not bulky and it makes me smile every time I look at it!

  • Jen Green May 28,

    This is adorable.

    • Ruth Soukup May 28,

      Thanks Jen!

  • Sarah Lynn May 28,

    Adorable! I love this iPhone cover, it is too cute!! I would love for you to share this idea on my blog link party, Sweet Tooth Tuesdays. It’s not just for recipes, but tutorials and crafts as well.

  • Jennifer @ SEO Services UK May 29,

    That is a cutest thing to do.. The kids have done a great job.

  • Megin May 29,

    What a fun idea! I love how your girls helped out :)
    I’m visiting you today from Lil Luna. I co-host a Linky Party Tuesday (open thru Sat) and I’d love for you to link up! I hope you get a chance to stop by, link up and leave a comment, too!
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  • Leslie Lambert May 30,

    What a cute idea…this is precious! This would be perfect to link-up to my Create It Thursday post…it’s live now! http://www.lambertslately.com/2013/05/create-it-thursday-4-plus-features.html

  • Gina May 30,

    I’ve been trying to come up with an idea as to how to decorate one for my husband that was manly. :) Maybe black buttons, camo buttons? Thanks for sharing. :)

  • Rosey May 30,

    This came out great.I used to love to go through my gram’s buttons when I was little. :)
    I’m visiting today from Thursday’s Favorite Things.

  • emily May 31,

    I am in love with this idea!!! WOW! How fun!! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays at Nap-Time Creations. This will be featured this weekend at my Fun Summer Ideas round up… come on over and check it out. Be sure to grab a featured button to proudly display as well! Emily @ Nap-Time Creations

  • Krista Low June 5,

    This is such a fun post! I love doing things with the kiddos. Functional and fun :) Love it! Thanks so much for linking up with me @ A Handful of Everything

  • Kara @ Simplistically Sassy June 5,

    I love this!! So cleaver, simple, and adorable!! Great idea!

  • Jaime Jenkins June 6,

    This totally rocks!! Thanks for linking up to Wow Me Wednesday!

  • Elizabeth June 9,

    What a great project! Thanks so much for linking up to Made With Love! I probably wouldn’t have found your super great blog otherwise! Love everything! Great job. Featuring you today!

  • Mika June 18,

    I love buttons! This is cute! :)

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