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DIY: create your own newsprint iPhone case

Posted on March 11, 2013 | by Deeksha Mehta

Transform a plain plastic iPhone case into a trendy, decoupage-style newspaper cover with a few craft supplies and dorm room materials. Follow these steps to create a DIY iPhone cover in under an hour without breaking the bank.

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– Hard plastic iPhone case (surface should be flat)
– Newspaper
– Mod Podge or any kind of liquid glue/sealer ($4, Blick Art Materials)
– Sponge/Foam brush ($0.80, Blick Art Materials)
– Colored tissue paper ($3, Blick Art Materials)
– Scissors

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1. Rip or cut strips of newspaper. For an edgy finish, tear the newspaper. For a more polished look, cut the paper in clean lines.

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2. Cut a hole out of a newspaper strip to accommodate the case’s camera. Apply a small layer of glue, lay the strip flat in the desired position and gently brush another layer of glue on top of the strip. Get rid of bubbles and folds before the glue dries.

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3. Continue adding strips of newspaper until the surface is completely covered. Add a thin layer of glue both under and over every strip to begin the decoupage process and ensure each strip is secured to the cover.

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4. When the entire surface has been covered, smooth it with a final layer of clear sealer.

5. Trim any excess paper off the sides of the cover with scissors and secure the edges with sealer.  Let the surface dry completely. To quicken the drying process, use a blow-dryer on low heat.

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6. To add color, layer sheets of colored tissue paper on top of the case. Depending on style, rip or cut the pieces of tissue paper, arrange them on the cover and begin gluing. Be especially gentle with the glue because tissue paper is delicate and tears easily.

6. To add color, layer sheets of colored tissue paper on top of the case. Depending on style, rip or cut the pieces of tissue paper, arrange them on the cover and begin gluing. Be especially gentle with the glue because tissue paper is delicate and tears easily.

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