How To: Comic Book Phone Case

If you travel back in time (or click HERE) you’ll remember how I blogged about a tutorial for comic book heels which I wanted to try. Well, I never got to try them. Right after I made that post, I bought an old school Wonder Woman comic book and began my hunt for the perfect pair of heels to try it on. Unfortunately, my feet are quite oddly shaped which makes finding a good pair of heels hard enough as is, but to find what I had in my head? Almost impossible without spending a fortune.

So I had a thought today, and decided, “Well why not comics on other things?”

I had been staring at this old iPhone 4 case I had when I first got my phone. I loved this case, don’t get me wrong, but after awhile, the coating started to wear off and it just wasn’t looking very good anymore, so I decided to revamp it!

To begin with, you’re going to need a phone case, a hard plastic phone case. None of those squishy, gelly type ones. Something that won’t bend.

This is the case I used. As you can see, it started peeling. I was a little worried about how this would affect my overall results, so I grabbed an old iTunes giftcard (you can use a credit card if you don’t have an old gift card laying around, it just messed up the edges of the card a little, so be careful) and used it to scrape away any coating which seemed like it was going to peel. I didn’t take it all off, just the loose bits.

Now gather your supplies. You’re going to need: an old comic book (make sure it’s not worth money!), scissors, a paintbrush you don’t mind destroying, Mod Podge (I used glossy, but matte works too!) and your phone case. And if you’re like me, a kitten helper.

Note: The ruler in the background is unnecessary. It was chilling out from another project!

Start off by cutting your comic into small pieces. I like the look of different triangles as well as some trapezoids. Mix it up, so nothing looks too uniform. Also cut out some key elements like speech bubbles, figures or some kapows to add as accents. I kept all my pieces in this nifty tray so Mr. Sheldon wouldn’t eat them.

Before I started adhering my pieces down, I laid out my key elements and decided roughly where everything would go. This way I wouldn’t have excess build up of layers where my larger images would go.

Use your paintbrush to apply a thin layer of Mod Podge, press down your pieces and then put another thin coat on top. When you come up to the edges, hold the pieces down for a few seconds to make sure they adhere snugly.

When you get to the edges of the front, let your pieces overlap. You can trim off the excess with scissors after it has dried.

When working around the holes for buttons and the camera lens, take a slightly larger piece and trim out a slightly curved shape to fit around it, then trim down your piece to be the correct size. It doesn’t need to be perfect because it creates an illusion.

When you get to the corners, cut thin strips and work with those to make sure your corners stay nice and neat, instead of wrinkling up.

Keep an eye on your helper so he doesn’t fling your basket across the room. Trust me, it’s no fun picking up all the pieces off the floor!

And here’s your finished product! Coat the whole thing with a layer of Mod Podge and let dry overnight, and then give it one more coat and let dry for a whole day.

Tip: If you have a large figure which will go over both pieces of the cover, figure out where the division line will be and cut the figure there. Then adhere the first half, line up the second piece and glue it down.

Have fun and if you try this, send us some pictures over on our FACEBOOK page!

-Mel and Sheldon

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