How to Decorate a Cell Phone with Nail Polish
Staring at the same cell phone day after day can get boring. Since most people are stuck with the same cell phone for as long as their contracts last, it can be nice to give your cell phone a facelift. Decorating a phone is a great way to spice up your gadgetry and make it look more fun and interesting. If you want to paint your cell phone, nail polish is one of the best methods you can use. It’s permanent, waterproof and durable. Not only that, but nail polish is readily available, relatively inexpensive and it comes in a wide variety of colors. It’s the perfect medium for giving your old cell phone a more attractive appearance.
Disclaimer: Use caution when decorating a cell phone, because if done incorrectly you could permanently damage it. Make sure that when you are painting your phone, you use precautions to ensure it is painted correctly and so that it continues to function properly.
Materials You Will Need to Decorate Your Cell Phone
- Cell phone
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Q-Tip or cotton swab
- Nail polish
- Plastic wrap/and tape
- Nail polish remover
- Stencil (optional)
- Rhinestones and/or stickers
Step One: Choose Your Design
It’s a good idea to plan ahead and decide on your cell phone design in advance. If you want a really complicated design, on a piece of paper, sketch out the pattern that you want to use on your phone. Decide in advance what colors you will be using and where your design is going to be placed. You don’t have to do this step, but it’s highly advised: planning your cell phone design in advance before you paint it, will give you an end result that looks more organized and neat. It’s also less likely that mistakes will occur if you know exactly how you are going to paint your cell phone.
Step Two: Protect the areas that you don’t want to get paint on
There are certain areas of a cell phone that you definitely don’t want nail polish getting into: If paint gets into these spaces, your phone could stop functioning properly. If your cell phone has a camera, a keyboard or any keys or buttons, you will need to protect these areas before you start painting. Also make sure that you don’t get paint on the screen, microphone holes (it is possible to have more than one microphone hole) and the speaker holes. Getting paint in these areas can ruin your phone so be very careful .
Note: Some phones have holes that allow LED lights to shine through. These holes are so small that you can’t see them. You can only see the light that passes through them. If you have this feature, it’s important to keep this in mind when painting your cell phone: if you paint over these holes, the feature will no longer be useful. Any place that your cell phone has a fine hole, can be a vital feature for your cell phone to function properly. Keep this in mind when you are painting your cell phone and avoid these areas at all cost. Only paint areas that are smooth and flat that aren’t near any important cell phone features.
Protect these areas by covering them up with plastic wrap and tape. Locate the areas that you want to be protected and place pieces of tape onto these areas. For large areas like the screen, you can place a piece of plastic wrap over it and secure it down with tape.
Step Three: Clean Your Cell Phone
You will need to wipe the area that you want to paint with the rubbing alcohol. Take a Q-Tip or cotton swab and dip it into a rubbing alcohol solution. The alcohol will remove any fingerprints, oils and dirt that have accumulated on your phone. Before wiping your entire cell phone, test a small and inconspicuous area first. Testing a small area out first will ensure that your cell phone does not have an adverse effect to the rubbing alcohol. Once you have established it is safe, wipe the area you plan on painting with the rubbing alcohol. Wait 1 minute to allow the surface area to dry properly.
Step Four: Test your nail polish out on a small area on the phone
Just like you tested out the rubbing alcohol on your phone, it’s a good idea to test the nail polish on a small area of your phone, to ensure that the nail polish reacts well with it. In some rare cases, the texture and material that your phone is made out of will make it very difficult to paint. It is better to find this out on a small surface area before you paint your entire cell phone. It’s important to take every precaution because you don’t want to ruin your phone!
Step Five: Paint Your Cell Phone
Here is the fun part! Now you can start painting your cell phone!
Choose a base coat and apply it to your phone. Depending on the nail polish and the look that you want, you might have to apply more than one coat of paint. For my phone I chose an iridescent base coat and didn’t need the color to be uniform in every spot, so I only did one coat. Once you have the desired effect for the base coat, let it dry and then you can start painting on layers and adding shapes and designs to your phone.
If you want clean cut edges on your phone, you can use a stencil or scotch tape to make your design. I wanted to keep my cell phone design very simple so I used scotch tape. If you are going to use tape, make sure it’s one with a very light adhesive so you don’t remove any of your base coat nail polish. Apply nail polish in the design you want and allow it to dry before you remove the stencil or tape.
Once it has dried, you can remove the tape. If there are any mistakes or areas that you want to touch up, you can do so with a Q-tip and some nail polish remover.
Step Six: Apply a Topcoat to Your Cell Phone
Once you have finished painting your cell phone, place a top coat on your design to protect it from wear and tear. Nail polish is durable but it can chip or flake off if you aren’t careful. A top coat will ensure that your lovely creation is protected.
Step Seven: Decorate Your Cell Phone With Stickers and Rhinestones
With some strong glue and a few rhinestones you can add some more glitter to your cell phone. You can also add some carefully placed stickers to your phone to finish off the decorating.